Newly Elected SAPAAC Board Members ‘19-’21

Candidate Statements

Candidate statements are presented in alphabetical order by last name. Formatting has been removed from the text.

  • Carol Wang Carpenter

  • Joan Chiao

  • Dan Kojiro

  • Cynthia Yu-Robinson

  • Angela Zhang


Carol Wang Carpenter (‘89, BA Economics), Los Altos, CA

Why do you want to join SAPAAC's Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

It's time for me to give back to Stanford and in particular to the Asian American community. Stanford was a seminal experience for me. I entered Stanford as a provincial Chinese-American kid from West Virginia. I had only known the one other Chinese family in my small town, had never met a Jewish person, had never debated sexual orientation. I graduated having befriended people from a wide swath of ethnicities, religions and more, and am extremely grateful to the Stanford community for those experiences. For the past 10 years, I've been involved with Monte Jade, a professional organization for Asians focused on bridging Silicon Valley with greater China. It's been fulfilling to serve as chairman of the board, to mentor many young professionals, and to provide career advice during special topic dinners. At Google, I am part of ASEC (Asian Senior Exec Council) and advise on Asian issues within the company and support programming around career development and mentorship. I enjoy helping others advocate for themselves, lean in, and advance their careers through the "bamboo ceiling." With my two children now in college, I have a little more bandwidth (and hopefully still some relevance) to share and contribute the Stanford Asian community. It would be a great honor. Thank you for taking the time to read this and vote!

List any other volunteer or extracurricular commitments you anticipate continuing to fulfill during the Board term 2019 - 2021.

Remote parenting two college-aged children ;-) Monte Jade mentorship DHI board member (NYSE: DHX)

(Optional) LinkedIn Page or Website

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolwcarpenter/

Joan Chiao (‘00, BS Symbolic Systems), Evanston, IL

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

My deep interest and commitment to Asian American issues and organizations stems from a long-standing tradition of serving my community. Steadfast involvement and dedication to Asian American issues and organizations is an essential part of supporting civic involvement and social interest in the local and global community. Exploring and sharing knowledge of specific issues that affect the Asian American community is important to facilitate the building of the greater community. In 2017, the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Community (SAPAAC) hosted the first Stanford Asian Pacific Alumni Summit (SAPAS) to bring the alumni community together to share and connect with others about issues that affect the Asian American community. As a member of the SAPAAC community, I served as a member of the Stanford Asian Pacific Alumni Summit (SAPAS) Conference Committee and assisted with intellectual programming for the conference event. The event provided an important opportunity for members to share interests and insights on issues that impact the Asian American community. As a member of the Stanford Club of Chicago, the Stanford Beyond the Farm program and the local community, I serve as a leader of a community event to provide educational resources to a local Asian American community organization, the Japanese American Service Committee. The local book donations help to support educational and professional interests of the Asian American community. The event supports community service that highlights the importance of educational opportunities and resources for the local and global community. The event demonstrates the interest of the Asian American community in inclusion and supporting the relations and interests in educational, social and professional life of the international community. I would be honored to serve as a Board member of the Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club. As a member of the Board, I would support networking and community building of the Stanford Asian Pacific American alumni community. I would strive to encourage SAPAAC alumni to get involved and to share their interest in Asian American issues and organizations.

List any other volunteer or extracurricular commitments you anticipate continuing to fulfill during the Board term 2019 - 2021.

During the Board term, I will serve as a Board Member with the Stanford Club of Chicago. I am a member of the Washington DC Stanford Association. I serve as a Board Member with the Harvard Club of Chicago and a member of the Harvard Club of Washington.

(Optional) LinkedIn Page or Website

Dan Kojiro (‘74, BS Chemistry), San Jose, CA

Why do you want to join SAPAAC's Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I am interested in the process of integrating Asian-Americans into the American (and Stanford) Communities, accomplished without losing any ethnic traditions and experiences. I believe these experiences can enrich the Stanford community and American communities as a whole. I also feel obligated to "pay back" Stanford for the opportunities that opened up for me, directly related to my Stanford education, and the many friends, classmates, and experiences I accrued while at Stanford. During my years at Stanford, I witnessed and participated in the beginnings of the Asian American Student Association (AASA), the Asian American Theme Dorm, the Peoples' Teahouse, and the Junipero Recreation (Ringers) Association (JRA) - the Asian American Theme Dorm Independent Intramural Sports Team. I also served as Editor of Ichimi Doshin (the AASA Newsletter), and contributed to MIN - the newsletter of the Asian American Coordinating Committee. AASA and the Coordinating Committee also initiated outreach efforts to Asian Communities, including the first outreach / recruiting trips to Asian American Communities, and participated in Asian American Student Conferences and Meetings held at other facilities (which I also participated in).

List any other volunteer or extracurricular commitments you anticipate continuing to fulfill during the Board term 2019 - 2021.

I am currently the JV Girls' Basketball Coach at Mount Pleasant High in San Jose. Although there are year-round duties, my time is required mostly during the basketball season - November to mid-February. In Season, I have practice every weekday afternoon plus occasional Saturdays. Games are usually (but not always) Tuesday and Thursday evenings. I also am a Meet Official (Starter) for the Mount Pleasant High Swim Team with Meets usually held on Thursdays in March and April. I've been a SAPAAC Board Member for the past two years and continue to support SAPAAC activities. I also occasionally organize / host Asian American activities through SAPAAC - this year a Peoples' Teahouse mini-reunion to be held during Reunion 2019.

(Optional) LinkedIn Page or Website

Cynthia Yu-Robinson (‘87, BA Human Biology), Raleigh, NC

Why do you want to join SAPAAC’s Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community?

I have served on the Stanford in North Carolina Alumni Chapter Board as communications director from 2015-2019 and declined further a leadership role including President with a stated desire to try to do more with SAPAAC. I had no idea that the call for new SAPAAC director would come so quickly! Serving on the SAPAAC board for at least one term is actually on my bucket list of 20 items. My interest in SAPAAC is to learn more about the status, influence, and concerns of highly educated Asian Americans. I also wish to connect with the on-campus AA current students. My full time role is Executive Director of the National Association of Asian American Professionals. I handle daily operations for a national umbrella organization and its 30 chapters in the U.S. Canada, and China. As the E.D., I handle many external partnerships and public affairs issues, as my previous role at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was Communication Director and Public Information Officer. I am invited to speak to chapters, corporate sponsors, and student groups. Through my influence and leadership, volunteer board and leaders and I are making NAAAP the premier association for AA professionals. I often say "what is good for Asian America is good for all of America." Everyone should strive for representation, inclusion, access, education, networking, soft skills, and connections. I bring fundraising bacgkround, PR skills, social media experience, event planning experience, and an understanding of board relations, non-profit operations. One area that I have been researching on my own for more than 6 years is Asian American philanthropic giving and Asian Americans in community service. And I know that Asian Americans GIVE in a variety of ways: time, talent, and treasure (dollars). I cannot give back to Stanford large sums of money. I choose to give back as much as I can in thought leadership, research, personal action, mentoring, and influence. Coming from three generations of public servants -- maternal grandfather was education minister in SiChuan province before the Cultural Revolution, paternal grandfather was mayor of his town, Hubei, Hunan Province; father was a translator for U.S. government (CIA, on loan to FBI), mother was a government administrative employee-- I take civic duties, the common good, and sharing personal wealth very seriously. I think the next generation of Asian Americans should have healthy role models of Asian American alumni giving back to the university and the next generation. In the last ten years, I have served the following non-profits on their board, or as a fundraiser or public affairs assistant. Leadership Triangle Sustainable North Carolina NC Asian Americans Together Triangle Area Chinese American Society Amateur Athletic Union Karate North Raleigh Bulldogs Football and Cheer Program NAAAP-North Carolina chapter Sr. advisory board

List any other volunteer or extracurricular commitments you anticipate continuing to fulfill during the Board term 2019 - 2021.

I am current chair of the Board for the North Carolina Asian Americans Together, a civic engagement organization that promotes representation, voter registration, and Census participation. This is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan group. It may form a 501(c) 4 function/entity for endorsement purposes in the next 6 months. I am state director for the AAU Karate Program, which includes planning and hosting 2 sports competitions each year for a 12-hour period. I will resume interviewing applicants for Stanford U. in 2020. I am an occasional one-day volunteer for local organizations including: International Festival, Activate Good, Susan B. Komen Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

(Optional) LinkedIn Page or Website

www.linkedin.com/in/cyndyyurob, www.naaap.org, www.leadershipconvention.org, www.aaukarate.org, www.trianglesbestkarate.com

Angela Zhang (‘16, International Relations), Beijing, China

Why do you want to join SAPAAC's Board of Directors? What past volunteer involvement and leadership experience do you have with Asian American issues and/or organizations in the Stanford or greater community.

At Stanford, I served on the Undergraduate Senate and worked with AASA and the Students of Color Coalition. I enjoyed engaging in dialogue about race issues on campus and working to move the needle on diversity at Stanford. Following graduation, I worked as a Legal Assistant at Google and served on the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In this role, I represented Google at various events held by the Asian Law Caucus, Asian American Bar Association, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice. I also participated in events held by the Asian Googler Network. At the same time, I volunteered for Refugee Transitions, mentoring two newly-arrived low-income high school students from Guangzhou, China and helping them transition into life in the U.S. At present, I write for the politics section of Mochi Magazine, an Asian American interest magazine. (Most recently, I interviewed the CEO of the Democratic National Committee -- the first Asian American to hold the role -- about APA engagement in politics and the work the DNC is doing to mobilize these voters). I'm also helping to edit a biography on the first Chinese American female mayor of a U.S. city. Additionally, I joined the SAPAAC Issues & Advocacy in February of 2019. I'd like to get even more involved in conversations about and advocacy around APA issues affecting Stanford and the U.S. in general. And I hope to play a part in contributing to the future of equity, race and inclusion at Stanford and beyond. I believe serving on SAPAAC's Board of Directors will allow me to do just that. Finally, I hope to contribute my background serving on Stanford's student government and involvement in local Bay Area Asian American orgs to help expand and deepen SAPAAC's network and add impact to work that's already gotten started.

List any other volunteer or extracurricular commitments you anticipate continuing to fulfill during the Board term 2019 - 2021.

I'm currently pursuing a master's in Beijing and serving as a Residential Associate in an international student dormitory. I'll possibly also start a part-time job and/or volunteer to teach migrant children this year. I plan to be back in the U.S. in the summer of 2020.

(Optional) LinkedIn Page or Website

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alzhang7/


About SAPAAC
Founded in 1989, SAPAAC is one of Stanford's largest national alumni organizations. We host networking and community building events, advocate for the A3C and API issues on campus, and strive to keep API alumni connected to Stanford. As alumni, we have a unique opportunity to make our voices heard and ensure that Stanford continues to make progress towards being a safe, inclusive, and empowering environment for our communities.

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