Board of Directors

Photo of Shawn He
Chair, President

Biographical Info

Terms: 2015-2017 (Board Member), 2018-2019 (President)

Shawn He has been living in San Diego since 2004. As a veteran high tech professional with over 19 years of experience, Shawn obtained his Master degrees from Harvard and Purdue, and Bachelor degree from University of Science and Technology of China. Outside of his work, Shawn is an active member and volunteer in community services and activities, including SDAAFE active member since 2014, ACCEF member since 2004, EPICS national program active member from 1997 to 1999, West Highlands Pacific HOA board member in 2012, Carmel Creek Elementary School site council member in 2008. Shawn opposed SCA5 and was active in grassroots efforts in his community. His goal as a board member of SDAAFE is to organize Asian especially Chinese community politically to help protecting Asian American’s equal rights and interests such that as a minority its voice can still be heard and its concern won’t be easily ignored.

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Photo of Frank Xu
Board Member; VP, Legal Affairs

Biographical Info

Terms: 2015-2016 (President), 2017-2018 (2017 President)

Frank Xu is a social activist and one of the co-founders of SDAAFE. He commits his time and effort to the community since late 2013. After organizing several rallies against the discrimination towards Chinese community, he realizes that the only way to empower the community is to serve and get involved. He was a board member of Educational Technology Advisory Committee and Budget Review Advisory Committee in Poway Unified School District. He also serves as a board member in La Jolla Presidents’ Lions Club and his own home owner association.

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Photo of Steve Hsieh
Board Member, Vice President

Biographical Info

Terms: 2015-2017 (supplement), 2018-2019

Steve has been living in San Diego since 1986, obtained his BS degree from University of California at Riverside, and MS degree from University of Texas at Dallas, and has a career in software development. Since 2000, Steve has been serving on the boards of various community organizations, with expertise in event planning and hosting, public relations, fund raising, organizational development, and inter-organization collaborations.

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Photo of Alex Hu
Board Member, Treasurer

Biographical Info

Term: 2017-2018

Alex Hu has been living in San Diego since 1998.  In last twenty-five years Alex has been serving various financial institutions, both in China and U.S, from Bank of China to Bank of America, and other regional commercial banks.  Alex graduated from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, in English Languages & English Literature major, in 1992.  He obtained his MBA from University of Phoenix in San Diego in 2001, and certificate on master level program for senior officers in banking, from Pacific Coast Banking School, Seattle, WA, in 2008.  Besides his professional banking career mainly in commercial banking and business lending to support local businesses, Alex devoted himself into various social and community services, including a five-year term with Citizen’s Oversight Committee, San Diego Community College District, from 2007 through 2012, supervising $1.55 billion construction funding to renovate 3 community college campuses and one continuing education center, under SD Prop. S & Prop. N.   Alex is an active Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, with over six year’s board service including two-term presidency with Rotary Club of Kearny Mesa, since 2012.  As a board member also treasurer, Alex is responsible for book keeping, banking, general financial oversight, and financial reporting of SDAAFE.

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Photo of Nelson Zhang
Board Member, Second Vice President

Biographical Info

Terms: 2015-2016, 2017-2018

Nelson Zhang is a social activist and one of the co-founders of SDAAFE. He commits his time and effort to the community since late 2013. He has organized several rallies with more than 500 people to join. He volunteers in La Jolla Presidents’ Lions Club and other organizations.

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Photo of Dr. Frank Hu
Board Member, CTO

Biographical Info

Terms: 2015-2016, 2017-2018

Dr. Frank Hu, Chief Technology Officer, is responsible for the support and strategic planning of the IT infrastructure and technology back-bone of the organization. He is a long term veteran in high Tech industrial with a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, AL. Frank moved to San Diego on year 2012 and has been actively involved in community and social activity with a desire to help the local Asian community to make a difference. He has been involved in SDAAFE since year 2014 and is one of the funding members.

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Board Member

Biographical Info

Term: 2017-2018 (supplement)

Stacy Chen has been living in San Diego county since 1997. Trained as a nuclear engineer from Shanghai Jiao Tong university, she has veered into finance and accounting field since moving to the US. She is currently working as a financial analyst for a subdivision of a Fortune 500 company, overseeing $100 Million in budget. Stacy has been an active member of the community, organizing and participating numerous activities at local schools. She joins SDAAFE in 2017 to take a more proactive role in politics and make a greater contribution to the Asian American community.

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Photo of Dr. Joan Chen
Board Member

Biographical Info

Term: 2018-2019

Dr. Joan Chen received her Ph.D in Biology from University of Los Angeles (UCLA). Passionate about science, Dr. Joan Chen has devoted lots of her time to promote science education in the San Diego region. She was the head coach of the Carmel Valley Middle School Science Olympiad team for two years, and now serves in the San Diego Regional Science Olympiad steering committee. In addition to the science field, Joan has also been actively involved in community service, working with organizations such as the San Diego Coastkeeper to do beach-cleanups, participating in the San Diego Asian Youth Organization (SDAYO) and Pan Pacific Law Enforcement Association’s 8th annual Rice Drive, and participating in Torrey Hills Elementary school’s 7/11 planning. Joan strongly advocates and wishes to promote more involvement of Chinese Americans in public affairs during her term in SDAAFE.

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Photo of Aijie Han
Board Member

Biographical Info

Term: 2018 -2019

Aijie Han has been involved in community and social activities since moved in San Diego. She joined in a UCSD campus charitable group, Still Thoughts Association (STA), and volunteered many activities to reach out the community, such as beach cleanup, visits to Senior House and Healthcare Center at downtown San Diego. She served as session Chair and symposium organizer at American Chemical Society (ACS) and Materials Research Society (MRS) national meetings, and served as a panelist for several National Science Foundation (NSF) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs. She has been involved in the activities of SDAAFE since 2014. She has the passion to work on promoting active involvement in public affairs and social issues in our community.

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Photo of Dr. Manqing Li
Board Member

Biographical Info

Term: 2015-2017 (supplement), 2018-2019

Manqing Li obtained his B.Sc. degree from Tsinghua University and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Currently he is a research scientist at University of California, San Diego. Dr. Li’s research interests focus on immunology, virology and cancer therapies. His research has been published on top tier academic journals. Dr. Li is a big believer of equality. He believes everyone is born equal, and no one is more “equal” than others. Any Affirmative Action, if necessary to take, should be based on socioeconomic status only. Real diversity will and can only be achieved by holding true equality. Besides his participation in SDAAFE, Dr. Li also devotes his time to coaching math club at schools, organizing sports club for kids, and various other community activities.

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Photo of Martin Lu
Board Member

Biographical Info

Term: 2018-2019

Martin Lu received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree of Law from Shangxi and Fudan University, China, and graduated from Paralegal program at Augusta State University, GA. He was involved in extensive amounts of works in law firms prior to working in industrial. Martin has lived in San Diego for almost ten years, and he has the enthusiasm and passion to work with the people who like to improve the local Asian community which will meet with a long-term objectives of the society.

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Photo of Yong Zeng
Board Member

Biographical Info

Term: 2017-2018
Yong is a veteran Electrical Engineer who was educated at Caltech in Pasadena, California and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.  He has worked in several industries (wireless, biotech, semiconductor, setop boxes) and contributed in improving people’s lives.  Having been living in San Diego for more than 20 years Yong cares deeply for local communities and has become increasingly active in community affairs.  His main goal as a board member of SDAAFE is to build bridges and open up opportunities to encourage young Asian American students to become more engaged in civic activities.

 

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