APEX's Board of Directors is a dedicated group of professionals whose strategic decision-making and guidance help direct the organization. The commitment of APEX board members is not only evident in the time they contribute as volunteers, but also by the generous financial support each individual provides the organization.
Preeti Sriratana — CHAIR
Mr. Sriratana is the Principal of AU, a New York City-based design firm that specializes in hospitality spaces with projects in New York City, Las Vegas and London. His professional experiences include tenure at the New York architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, where he was the Senior Designer overseeing the designs for the NY Metropolitan Transit Authority at Ground Zero and the New York Jets Training Facility in New Jersey. Mr.Sriratana's own works include residential and commercial projects that have been published and exhibited in galleries such as the I Space in Chicago, the Van Alen Institute in Manhattan, and Gund Hall at Harvard University. He is also a Roving Critic for Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and started his career working in Paris for Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel.
Mr. Sriratana earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University. He joined APEX in 2001 as a 4th Grade Prep Volunteer and became a Middle School Mentor in 2004. His relationship with his mentee lasted until the mentee went to college in 2009.
Eddie Shiomi — VICE CHAIR
Eddie Shiomi, VP of Programs for Venture for America, a program for young, talented grads to spend 2 years in the trenches of a start-up with the goal that these graduates will become socialized and mobilized as entrepreneurs moving forward. Prior to joining VFA, Eddie spent seven years at the Coro New York Leadership center as director/trainer of numerous programs which include the Fellows Program in Public Affairs, a graduate level experiential leadership program that prepares high potential individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public arena; and the Immigrant Civic Leadership program, a mid-career program designed to increase the capacity of people working to lead change in immigrant communities across New York City. While at Coro, Eddie delivered trainings to numerous public and private sector clients including Deutsche Bank, the NYC Department of Education, Malaria No More and City Year. A native of Los Angeles, Eddie started his career there as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. He then worked as campaign manager on numerous state assembly elections and served as deputy to former California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg. Eddie was appointed co-chair of the Asian Pacific Islander American Gala reception during the 2000 Democratic National Convention. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Apex for Youth, a nonprofit organization which empowers underserved youth in New York City through a combination of one-to-one mentoring relationships, educational programs, and more recently, the incubation of a charter school in Central Queens which is set to open in the Fall of 2012. You can find him on weekends leading a 4th and 5th grade basketball league at Alfred E. Smith Public School #1 in Manhattan. Eddie received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kathy Wong — SECRETARY
Ms. Wong is currently a Vice President in the Global Finance group at JP Morgan Chase as a Relationship Manager, managing all the projects with the Investment Bank and Asset Wealth Management that cross-impact Corporate Finance. Prior to joining JPMorgan, she was a Principal Consultant at IBM Business Consulting Services, formerly PWC Management Consulting in the Financial Services industry.
Ms. Wong holds a B.S. in Engineering and Management Systems with a minor in Economics from Columbia University. She joined APEX in 1999 as a High School Mentor and SAT Prep Volunteer. She maintained her relationship with her mentee until she graduated high school while continuing to run the SAT Prep program until 2004. Interestingly, her former mentee was key in bringing Kathy back to APEX to join the Board, they are still in touch today. Ms. Wong is born and bred in New York City and is a product of the NYC Public School System.”
Ada Sim — TREASURER
Ms. Sim is an Assistant Vice President within the Corporate Strategy group at Bank of America. She also serves on the leadership team for the Company's Asian Leadership Network. Prior to joining Bank of America, Ms. Sim started as an Analyst in Corporate Finance Rating Agencies and Capital Management at Merrill Lynch. Ms. Sim graduated from Fairfield University with a B.A. in Information Systems and Finance with a minor in Operations Management. She joined APEX in 2008 as a fundraising volunteer. The following year, she started her Middle School mentoring relationship. While transitioning with her mentee into the High School program, she began tutoring for the 4th Grade Prep educational program.
Edwin K. Chin
Mr. Chin is a Managing Director in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs where he is responsible for trading non-agency residential mortgage-backed securities and consumer asset-backed securities in New York. He serves on the Securities Division Steering Committee of the Asian Professional Network at Goldman Sachs. Mr. Chin graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics. He grew up in Hong Kong and is fluent in spoken and written Chinese.
Thomas S. Chin
Mr. Chin is an entrepreneurial technologist based in New York, and is currently serving as a founding partner and Chief Scientist for PhotoShelter.com, a software and services company for photographers. Previously, Mr. Chin was a co-founder and the Chief Scientist for HotJobs.com, a human resources software and services company acquired by Yahoo! as their employment vertical. In 2007, he was named one of Computerworld's 40 under 40 top technology innovators in their anniversary issue. He currently holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Tufts University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Mr. Chow is a partner at the full service law firm Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. Mr. Chow concentrates his practice in employment law and analyzing professional liability insurance policies. In these contexts, Mr. Chow's practice also includes negotiation of settlements in mediation arising from business and employment disputes that span from individual entrepreneurs to mid-size and larger corporations. Blaise has also defended directors and officers against lawsuits including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and civil fraud. Mr. Chow was admitted to practice to the New York State Bar in April 2001, and received his bachelor's degree from University of Rochester in 1997 and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2000.
Sunny Y. Kim
Ms. Kim is an Associate Director of Major Gifts for the MBA Program at New York University (NYU) Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she cultivates and solicits major gifts and leadership donors. She previously served as a Senior Development Officer at NYU School of Law, where her primary responsibilities focused on major gifts and working with reunion classes. Prior to joining NYU, she was the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Women In Need, Inc. where she raised funds as a grant writer to provide housing and comprehensive services to homeless and disadvantaged women and their families in New York City. She also served as a Young Executive Board Member at the mentoring organization iMentor. Ms. Kim began her nonprofit career as the Executive Director of APEX from 2000 to 2004. She first joined APEX as a High School Mentor and had also served on the APEX Board prior to her role as Executive Director. During her years at APEX, she has mentored many Asian American youth and has continued those relationships into their adulthood. Ms. Kim holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature and East Asian Studies from NYU.
Mr. Kow is a Director within the Investment & Research Department of Optima Fund Management LLC, a New York-based fund-of-funds investment company. Mr. Kow specializes in non-U.S. hedge fund investments across all strategies and co-manages a number of portfolios. Prior to joining Optima, he was an equity research analyst at Aquamarine Capital Management. Before Aquamarine, he was a research analyst at Olympia Capital Associates LP. Mr. Kow holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Asian Studies from Cornell University.
Eric T. Lee
Eric T. Lee is a Managing Director and Partner of PointState Capital LP, a New York-based investment advisory firm that was launched in January 2011 by investment professionals who had previously worked together at Duquesne Capital Management LLC. At PointState, Eric manages a portfolio focused principally on high yield and distressed credit investments. Prior to joining PointState, Mr. Lee was a Managing Director with Duquesne, which he joined in May 2005 as a Vice President, becoming a Managing Director in January 2010. Before joining Duquesne, Mr. Lee was worked at Deutsche Bank, as a Vice President from August 1998 to April 2005, and as Director from February 2005. Mr. Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 1998 with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School.
Ms. Merwin is an attorney at Sabin, Bermant & Gould LLP, where she provides counsel to the firm's media and telecommunication clients. Ms. Merwin specializes in employment law and is a frequent speaker on topics related to equal employment opportunity, workplace diversity, and affirmative action compliance. Prior to joining Sabin, she practiced employment litigation at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP. Ms. Merwin is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut, and is a member of the New York City Bar Association. She earned a B.A. in mathematics and sociology from Boston College, and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Ms. Wong founded Hobbamock Design, a Boston-based graphic design firm committed to non-profits and social causes. Clients included City Year, Reebok Human Rights Foundation, Timberland Foundation, and Share Our Strength. In the new millennium, she sold her firm, and embarked on a new venture in London, becoming Managing Director of Adjaye/Associates a young architectural practice. She oversaw business development, strategy and marketing/pr for the studio that grew from 6 to 35 people during her six-year tenure. Ms. Wong returned stateside in summer of 2006 to taken on the newly created position of Director of External Affairs for the New Museum. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2010 and to Deputy Director in 2012. She is the Founding Co-Director of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, a downtown initiative involving 200 cultural and civic organizations that attracted 70,000 people to the Bowery neighborhood from May 4-8, 2011. Ms. Wong sits on the Board of Directors at Storefront for Art & Architecture and received APEX's 2010 Inspiration Award. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University.
Ms. Wu is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, with a focus on macro-FX asset sales. Prior to GS, she was a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Rates and Currencies Group, specialized in currency institutional sales. She started her FX career at JPMorgan. Ms. Wu is also a knitwear designer, and has published two pattern books: "Trendy Knit Tops" and "A Passion for Cables." She served as a board member of Elder Craftsmen, a nonprofit focused on engaging seniors in life through crafts.
Ms. Wu received a B.A. in Government and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College. She first started working with APEX in 2002 as a High School Mentor.
Mr. Yee is a Partner at Accompli. He focuses on advising, guiding and coaching leaders and their teams through change. Calvin serves on the boards of several professional organizations and private companies. He is a regular speaker and author in areas of organizational change. Calvin received his Bachelors in Urban Studies and Masters in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Executive Development Program at Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago and Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University.
Ms. Ying is the Senior Director of Sales Operations at Travelzoo, an online media company that publishes travel and entertainment specials. In this capacity she is responsible for managing a team that supports sales in lead generation, client analytics, contracts and marketing materials. Prior to Travelzoo, Ms. Ying worked at AllianceBernstein in Private Wealth Management where she created and communicated product developments for non-taxable products such as 401(k) and 529 Plans. Ms. Ying graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Management.