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Paul Hsu


Paul S. Hsu is an engineer, entrepreneur, business leader, and public servant who came to the United States as a first-generation immigrant in 1976. After serving as Sr. Engineer for Harris Corporation, a DoD aviation company, Paul founded Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) in 1984, serving the DoD in avionics and battlefield electronics. Three successful companies followed MTI: Total Parts Plus, Inc., an internet-based data content company providing electronic component obsolescence management and engineering services, ActiGraph, LLC, an electronic medical device manufacturer of a product that collects biometric data, and Crestview Technology Air Park, a development providing infrastructure for aerospace and technology driven solutions in Northwest Florida.

Throughout his career, Paul has demonstrated his commitment to public service. President Bush appointed him as a member of the President’s Export Council (PEC) and Associate Administrator of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. In 2019, President Trump announced Paul’s appointment to serve as Chairman of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Paul’s philanthropic support of students and educational programs include the establishment of Dr. Paul & Maggie Hsu Endowed Engineering Scholarship and Hsu Educational Foundation Inc. supporting K-20 educational S.T.E.M and career tech programing, college scholarships and development of innovative business to student initiatives to prepare tomorrow’s workforce with high demand skills.

Chiling Tong

Founding President

Chiling Tong has extensive domestic and international experience in economic and business development, focused on enhancing the growth of minority-owned small businesses. Tong’s career spans the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She is the President and CEO of the National Asian & Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE) representing the interests of 2.65 million Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) small business owners and entrepreneurs. National ACE collaborates with over 120 affiliate AAPI chambers and partner organizations across the country to advocate for AAPI small business, to enhance capacity building and to foster the next generation of AAPI entrepreneurs and executives.

Tong is also the Founding President of the International Leadership Foundation (ILF), a nonprofit organization promoting civic awareness and public service for AAPI college students since 2000. The ILF has over twenty active chapters nationwide. She served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Trade Administration and was subsequently the Chief of Staff and Associate Director for Minority Business Development Agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce.  She was appointed as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and was also a member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprises at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Currently, Tong is a member of the Treasury Advisory Committee on Racial Equity, Director of the Congressional Awards for young leaders, Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, and the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities. She was also recently named commissioner to study to the potential creation of a National Museum of APA History and Culture. 

Tong was an Ash Center Research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Tong worked to promote California’s economic development, trade and employment services. She was the Director of California’s Office of Trade and Investment in Taipei, Taiwan, and served as Assistant Secretary for International Trade in the California Trade and Commerce Agency.  Tong has worked for the California State Senate Minority Leader’s Office as the Chief Asian American Affairs Advisor. Tong was awarded a Coro Public Affairs Fellowship and was the Chairperson of the Los Angeles County Community Action Board. Tong was also a television anchor and reporter for China TV, a Los Angeles-based international television station. In 2017, Chiling Tong was named Advocate of the Year by the Minority Business Development Agency due to her significant contribution to minority business development.

Joel Szabat


Joel Szabat is the founder of the International Leadership Foundation (ILF). Joel founded ILF in California and led it to Washington, D.C. in 2001. The son of an immigrant, Joel believes that APAs and other immigrants are key to America’s future. In developing leadership potential and civic appreciation in the next generation of Asian Pacific Americans we are helping all Americans.

Joel is on the Amtrak Board of Directors. He has served in high-level federal government positions for five Presidents, including as the Acting Under Secretary of Transportation – the Department’s third-highest position — for Secretary Elaine L. Chao. He led the Department’s Coronavirus response efforts. In the Obama administration, Joel initially oversaw the $48 billion provided to build 15,000 transportation projects as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Joel directed efforts to rebuild ports, airports and railroads in Iraq under President George W. Bush. Joel has also been Chief of Staff of the Small Business Administration, and the Executive Director of the Maritime Administration.

​Joel graduated from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Joel served as a Captain in the United States Army during the Cold War, commanding tank units patrolling the East-West German border. After receiving his MBA, Joel was a management consultant in the private sector specializing in transportation issues. Joel is married to Chinese-American activist Chiling Tong, the National ACE President & Chief Executive Officer and ILF Founding President.

Board of Directors & National Honorary Advisors

Elaine L. Chao

Honorary Chairman

Paul Hsu, Ph.D.


Solomon Chen


Chiling Tong

Founding President

Joel Szabat


Derek Chen

Honorary Chair of Global Advisory Board

Howard Li

Honorary Chair of NY Advisory Board

C.C. Yin

Honorary National Advisor

Sean Reyes

Honorary National Advisor

Kimberly Yee

Honorary National Advisor

Susan Lee

Honorary National Advisor

Henry Lee, Ph.D.

Honorary National Advisor

Michelle Steel

Honorary National Advisor

Joe Jefferson

Honorary National Advisor

Anila Ali

Honorary National Advisor

Young Kim

Honorary National Advisor

Farook Sait

Honorary National Advisor

National Advisory Board

Grace Huang

Chair, SF

Chun Ya Chen

Co-Chair, SF

Ivy Sun

Hon. Chair, LA

Judy Tsai

Co-Chair, LA

Jesse Hong

Co-Chair, LA

Jeff Hwang

Chair, D.C.

David Ho

Co-Chair, D.C.

Louis Yip

Chair, New England

Sunny Ng

Co-Chair, New England

Shiao-Yen Wu

Chair, Seattle

Patty Yan

Chair, Orlando

Russell Wu

Hon. Chair, Chicago

Merry Cheng

Chair, Chicago

Eric Kung

Hon. Chair, Detroit

George Yau

Chair, Detroit

David Jian

Chair, Atlanta

Charles Ku

Hon. Chair, Dallas

Suzanne Chen

Chair, Dallas

Cherry Huang

Chair, New York

Ma Yong

Co-Chair, New York

James Birney

Hon. Chair, Houston

Steve Hsu

Hon. Chair, Houston

Shelley Ding

Chair, Houston

Shiou Y. Jefferson

Chair, Colorado

Hannah Chan

Chair, North Carolina

Edward Dong

Chair, U.S.-China Committee

En Zhang

Chair, Cultural Committee

Claire Wu

Chair Emeritus, Chicago

Dr. Eugenia Henry

Chair, Training Committee

Stephany Yu

Chair, Entrepr. & Innovation Committee

Lily Luo

Hon. Chair, Global Adv. Board

Carolyn Chou

Chair, Global Adv. Board

Lily Han

Chair, Health & Well committee

Matthew Lee

Chair, Small Business Committee

Pedro H. Cheng

Chair, Miami

Chrissie Chen

Director of Global Relations

Wea Hwa Lee

Chair, Houston

Rose Li

Education Advisor

Sou Wong Lee

Senior Advisor

William Wu

Chair of Supervisors, Global


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