Zeny Agullana is currently a Vice President for Government Banking at J.P. Morgan.
Ms. Agullana comes to J.P. Morgan after 22 years of public service for the State of California serving in the California Legislature, Attorney General’s Office, and the State Treasurer’s Office. As the Executive Director of the ScholarShare Investment Board, she managed the state’s 529 college savings program with over $5 billion in assets under management.
Zeny joined JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the Vice President for the Office of Nonprofit Engagement for the Western Region, working with organizations who are involved in advocacy, thought leadership and services related to low- and moderate-income communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities. Her engagement with nonprofits played a critical role in helping to keep senior leaders at JPMorgan Chase connected to our local communities and key public policy issues.
In her current role, Zeny is a Government Banker, serving the state of California, local government entities in the Greater Sacramento Region, and the state and local government agencies in Hawaii.
She received her BA from Sacramento State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Vice President, Government Banking
Keri Askew Bailey has spent more than a quarter century working in California politics and public policy. While working in the State Capitol as a policy aide and Chief of Staff to various members of the State Assembly, staffing issues in the financial services, insurance, and tax arenas for more than a decade. After leaving the Capitol, Keri initially lobbied in both California and Nevada on behalf of the credit union movement working on policy issues including financial literacy, data security, and expanding credit union services to members. When leaving the financial services arena, Keri moved into the grocery retail space working on behalf of a major trade association in the arena. Among other things, her policy work focused on food access, California’s Proposition 65, and industry environmental initiatives. In 2018, Keri joined Charter Communications as Senior Director, California and now serves as Regional Vice President, Government Affairs for the West Region. In that role, she manages government affairs and community engagement activities for the company in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, and Idaho. Keri lives just outside Auburn, California with her husband Jeff. They have two adult children and three grandsons
Keri Askew Bailey
Senior Director, California,
Heidi Barsuglia is Vice President of Public Policy & Legal Affairs for California. In her current position, Barsuglia oversees the representation of the Verizon companies with the executive and legislative branches of the California State Government, as well as with California administrative and regulatory agencies.
Barsuglia joined the Verizon team in August 2017.
Barsuglia most recently served as Director of State Government Affairs for California-based Sempra Energy Utilities, Southern California Gas Company and San Diego Gas & Electric. In that role, Barsuglia was responsible for all advocacy before the California legislature, the executive branch, and state administrative agencies. Before joining Sempra Energy, Barsuglia was Director of Government Relations for the California Retailers Association, representing the interests of chain department, grocery, pharmacy, food and specialty stores before the executive, legislative and regulatory branches of the California government.
Barsuglia earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. She earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Communications from California State University, Sacramento, where she graduated cum laude.
Vice President, Public Policy & Legal Affairs
Putu is currently the Vice President of Operations and CFO of Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company, which she and her husband Paul jointly began in 2008 as partners. Their business has expanded dramatically and they are now in seven California cities and Reno, Nevada with plans to explore opportunities in several adjoining states as well as further east. At this time Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company has over 300 employees and are fast approaching a half billion dollars in sales annually.
Putu’s primary focus is on the day-to-day operational end of the business. Putu is responsible for reconciling the finances as well as directing and motivating management to achieve maximum performance and cultivating great employee relationships.
Putu’s duties require her to travel extensively which she enjoys immensely as it gives her the opportunity to meet new people.
Putu has been a member of the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce since 2000. Putu’s initial foray into the business world in Sacramento was ownership of Bali Wine & Grill which catered to an influential local consumer group. She was fortunate enough to earn a distinguished small business award from the Chamber in 2005.
Putu attended the University of Atmajaya in Indonesia where she graduated with honors and a degree in political science and a minor in public relations. Putu is a mother of three and have dual residences in both Sacramento and San Juan Capistrano, Orange County.
Putu respectfully requests the opportunity to share her challenges and successes with the Sacramento community through membership in the California Asian Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Operations/CFO
Paul Blanco's Good Car Company
Jason Chan is a Director of External Affairs for AT&T, where he leads AT&T’s national Asian American and Pacific American Islander (AAPI) engagement. Jason works to launch grassroots, high-impact campaigns that promote AT&T’s point of view in regard to federal and state legislation and regulation. He partners with the California and Federal External Affairs and Policy teams to develop strategies for third party campaigns and ensure strong cohesive messaging to communicate policy initiatives. He is also working to ensure AT&T is an admirable corporate citizen, by strengthening the relationship with the AAPI community. With over a decade of experience in AAPI advocacy, Jason has been instrumental in developing the company’s investment in the community. Prior to joining AT&T, Jason held multiple government appointments with the City and County of San Francisco and served as the Political Director for the Ed Lee for Mayor Campaign. Jason holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Director, External Affairs
Regional Manager, Government Affairs & Environment, Western Region
Rachelle Chong is a principal in the Law Offices of Rachelle Chong and Rachelle Chong Strategic Consulting, providing expert advice to clients in the telecommunications, Internet, and energy industries. She made her mark as the first Asian American Commissioner of both the Federal Communications Commission (President Clinton appointee) and the California Public Utilities Commission (Governor Schwarzenegger appointee). During her career, she has been a partner at two international law firms, Graham & James and Coudert Brothers, and Special Counsel, Advanced Information and Telecommunications Policy for the California Technology Agency. She has also been General Counsel and V.P. Government Affairs for Broadband Office, a Kleiner Perkins start up. Recently she served as Vice President, Government Affairs for Comcast, California region. She has significant expertise as a Board member for various corporations and non-profit organizations over her career, including Corsair, Lightbridge, Authorize.net, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, and the Legal Services Trust Fund of the State of California Bar Association. Commissioner Chong is a California lawyer, and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Hastings College of the Law. A native Stocktonian, she now resides in San Francisco.
Federal Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission & CPUC Commissioner
Law Offices of Rachelle Chong
As Senior Director of Government Affairs for PEPSICO, Lupe De La Cruz manages political and public policy activities for eight states in the western region of the United States. In its global portfolio of food and beverage brands, PepsiCo has 22 different brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. With net revenues of over $65 billion, PepsiCo’s main businesses also make hundreds of other enjoyable foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world.
Lupe represents PEPSICO’s diverse convenient food and beverages portfolio with policy makers and community leaders and directs PEPSICO’s community engagement in those states. With a cross divisional team, Lupe supports PEPSICO’s national initiatives in the Latino community. He joined PEPSICO in 2005 and is most proud of his role in fostering relationships with the communities he works in.
Lupe’s interest in government affairs began working on several political and issue campaigns; a product of following his father to many political events and rallies as a youth. His passion for public policy issues was cemented while working in the office of Congressman Esteban E. Torres and later as Advocacy Director of the AARP California State office. While at AARP, with a cadre of volunteer activist and dedicated professional staff, he developed legislative strategies that led to the enactment of over a dozen consumer protection bills ranging in policy areas from healthcare and financial privacy to home owner protections and long-term care.
Born in Fresno, California, he grew up in the Greater Los Angeles area. Lupe graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science. As an undergraduate he served as a reserve deputy with the County of Los Angeles Juvenile Probation Department. He ran a literacy program in the juvenile probation camps and later managed caseloads in the Gang Alternative and Prevention Program.
Currently, Lupe serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, which celebrates and cultivates an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California. He also serves as Board Secretary for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and on the Board of theDream.US and the Getty House Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
Lupe De La Cruz
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Tarrance Frierson is the Principal Manager for Supplier Diversity and Development department at Southern California Edison (SCE). He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s compliance with applicable rules, regulations and public laws related to small and diverse business procurement. This includes developing strategies, programs and goals that facilitate the ongoing inclusion and growth of small and diverse business enterprises.
Tarrance held multiple leadership positions in various service industries: Insurance, Retail, Telecom, Utility and Pharma. Most recently, he was the Global Procurement Manager for Supplier Diversity at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Over his professional career, he has led large cross-functional project teams, managed multi-million dollar budgets, negotiated large settlements agreements, and more.
Tarrance serves on multiple advisory boards providing consultation on strategic planning, program development, and political impacts assessments. In 2014, he was recognized as a Top Influential Person in Diversity by the National Association of Minority Companies; and was a recipient of Edison International’s Chairman’s Award in 2015.
Tarrance holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Masters in Leadership & Management, and both Project Management and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certifications. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with close friends and family.
Supplier Diversity & Sustainability
Southern California Edison
Lambert Hsu is President and CEO of Benefit Pro Insurance Services, a San Diego based agency specializing in employee benefits and individual medical coverage.
As a 25+ year industry veteran, Lambert has consulted with legislators in Sacramento and Washington D.C. providing his expertise of the California health insurance market. As a two-term President of the San Diego Association of Health Underwriters, the industry professional association, he guided the San Diego chapter to earn its first and only California “Chapter of the Year Award” and was honored for his leadership in 1998 with the state “Distinguished Service Award”.
Lambert graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and has served on the Boards of numerous business and civic organizations including the Asian Business Association, Cal Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, YWCA, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, San Diego Foundation for Medical Care Agent Advisory Council, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, San Diego Incubator Corporation and UniversityCash.com.
President & CEO
Benefit Pro Insurance Services
Joan Namahana Kerr is PG&E’s Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability. Under her leadership, PG&E has more than doubled its annual spend with diverse business enterprises, to over $2.3 billion. Joan brings to PG&E over 25 years of leadership experience in the utility industry. At AT&T (formerly Pacific Bell and SBC), she served as Executive Director of Supplier Diversity Programs where she led the creation of a best-in-class program. Joan has received multiple prestigious awards and recognition for her work in Supplier Diversity, including the first ever NMSDC 2014 Trailblazer Award. In 2013, Joan was inducted into the WBE Hall of Fame for her tireless work advocating on behalf of women business owners. She is part of the Board of Directors for the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, the Western Region Minority Supplier Development Council, and the National Utilities Diversity Council. Joan is also the Treasurer of WEConnect International, chairs the California Utilities Diversity Council Procurement Committee, and most recently was Chair of the Institute for Supply Management’s Supplier Diversity Group.
Director, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability
Traci Lee is currently a Senior Public Policy Manager at Lyft. She oversees and develops Lyft’s legislative, regulatory, and political strategy at the state, provincial, and local levels in California, including the CPUC and San Francisco, Hawai'i, and British Columbia by advocating for Lyft’s interests with legislators and regulators. Traci represents Lyft in all interactions with electeds and government officials and staff, including providing testimony in legislative and regulatory hearings and helping to formulate and advocate for policies that support the growth of ride-sharing, including new mobility options (autonomous vehicles, bikes, and scooters) and worker classification.
Traci is also a licensed attorney in California, and prior to joining Lyft, she worked in public service for seven years as an Assistant District Attorney. She was a criminal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington D.C., the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, and most recently prosecuted serious and violent crime at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
A San Francisco native, Traci earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University and spent time in Singapore while studying at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. She also attended UC Berkeley, where she graduated with a B.A in English and a minor in Public Policy.
Senior Public Policy Manager
Director, Public Affairs & Government Relations
Antonio Manning is the President and CEO for Affordable Living for the Aging. Previously, Antonio was the Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy. In this position, Antonio managed philanthropic and corporate responsibility for Greater Los Angeles.
Manning is an active member of the community. He is a founding member of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, a membership organization comprised of corporate and philanthropic executives. His other board affiliations include the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for Responsible Community Development, Heritage Homeownership Partners, Los Angeles Business Council and Institute and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Additionally, Antonio serves on the Advisory Board for the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, LISC – Los Angeles, and Enterprise Community Partners and the Business Take Force on Homelessness. Antonio recently served as a mayoral appointment to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
Antonio is a Los Angeles native and attended the University of Southern California.
Affordable Living for the Aging
Mr. Manning is a partner with KP Public Affairs. A registered lobbyist and environmental lawyer with extensive government, political and legal experience, Mr. Manning has led broad‐based coalitions on such diverse issues as water supply reliability, greenhouse gas legislation, construction defect litigation reform and environmental enforcement legislation, among others. He has been the lead negotiator for business interests on many landmark legislative efforts, including SB 375 (Steinberg) that creates relief from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for homebuilders and more zoning certainty while achieving greenhouse gas reductions and comprehensive Brownfields reform through the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004.
A recognized authority on water policy, Mr. Manning continues to successfully represent a diverse group of urban and agricultural based water clients on water supply, water quality, groundwater and related issues. He was deeply involved in the negotiations and lobbying surrounding the 2009 Delta Reform Act and 2009 Water Bond and most recently the successful legislative effort to enact a replacement Water Bond, Proposition 1.
Mr. Manning has represented a variety of energy clients, including the solar industry, municipal utilities and energy developers on legislative issues such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard and on project and development specific permitting issues.
Many KP clients have sought Mr. Manning’s assistance in shaping infrastructure and water bond measures and then lobbying the implementing guidelines and pursuing grant funds. This includes successfully pursuing competitive grants for integrated regional water supply projects...
For more than 10 years, Bill has been at the center of designing, managing or supporting breakthrough initiatives to difficult economic, environmental, and social issues in order to improve the quality of life for the greater Sacramento region and its 2.4 million residents.
As CEO of Valley Vision since 2007—an independent social enterprise headquartered in Sacramento—Bill has built partnerships with hundreds of leaders, organizations and community stakeholders. In this way, he has worked across sectors to generate solutions to some of the region’s most complex challenges.
Under Bill’s leadership, Valley Vision has become widely respected by elected officials, policy makers, and community organizations across California as a clearinghouse for unbiased research and analysis, and for facilitating both tough conversations and successful outcomes to large-‐scale change initiatives. The organization has been instrumental in a wide range of transformative work including growing the region’s local ag and food sector; improving transportation infrastructure and land use strategies; increasing job growth and wealth creation; improving air quality; and making sure that those most in need have access to food, healthcare, education and the Internet.
Bill manages Valley Vision’s $2 million dollar annual budget and a passionate team of 22 staff and consultants. He has also assembled a powerful volunteer board comprised of university presidents, business CEO’s, foundation executives, newspaper publishers, hospital executives, and nonprofit leaders, who not only set strategic direction for Valley Vision’s regional engagement, but also serve as an influential regional leadership network.
Bill possesses 25 years of public policy and strategy experience built on his previous careers as a global business manager for Intel Corporation, Vice President for Public Policy at the Sacramento Metro Chamber, and as a field representative and policy advisor in Washington, DC, for a Member of Congress and at the State Capitol for Senators and Assemblymen.
He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a double Bachelors’ degree in Communications and Government. Bill is also a graduate of several leadership programs, including the local chapter of the American Leadership Forum, and has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Unity Award, the top recognition from the Sacramento Urban League.
CEO, Managing Partner
Nate Nguyen is currently a Sales Leader for State Farm Insurance Companies for the Ontario Sales Territory in Southern California. Nate works with thirty eight local State Farm agencies servicing customers with a broad product portfolio of Property & Casualty Insurance and Financial Services. In addition to customer driven services, Nate’s responsibilities include managing and executing a comprehensive market plan for quality growth, consulting with agents on sales/marketing goals and opportunities, and recruiting and mentoring new agents.
His career with State Farm Insurance started in 1994 as a Life Underwriter. He has held various management role throughout his career with State Farm from Agency Field Consultant, Zone Sales Manager to his current role as a Sales Leader. Nate was a State Farm Agent in the city of Chino for eight years.
He currently resides in the City of Chino. Nate enjoys spending time with his family which consists of his wife, Annie, his son, Nathan, and his daughter, Samantha. He also enjoys playing golf and is a referee on the weekends for AYSO soccer. Nate has his Bachelor of Science degree from University of California, Riverside, Master of Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, and Chartered Life Underwriter from The American College.
John Tang serves as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling, based in Los Angeles, CA. He is responsible for state and local government relations, community affairs, media relations, and leadership communications in Southern California and Nevada.
Prior to joining Coca-Cola, John was an Account Manager at Imprenta Communications Group, where he led strategic communications, coalition building, and managed a number of public affairs and outreach campaigns for various clients, including Covered California, California Student Aid Commission, and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
An active member of his community, John is an appointed Planning Commissioner (currently Chair) for the City of Rosemead. John also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute, the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, and is a member of the Keep Los Angeles Beautification (KLAB) Advisory Board, and a member of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) Leadership Council.
John graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California.
Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling
Dr. Betty Uribe is the Executive Vice President at California Bank & Trust, where she has P&L responsibility for Commercial and Personal Banking throughout Southern California. For nearly three decades, Dr. Uribe has been transforming business, culture, and people through values-based leadership.
At California Bank & Trust, Dr. Uribe has P&L responsibility for the Greater Southern California Division, a $4 billion line of business. The Bank has loans of $10 billion and deposits of $11 billion, and is a division of Zions Bancorporation with total assets of approximately 60 billion. Under Uribe’s leadership, CB&T has been named the “Best Bank in Orange County,” for four consecutive years, as voted by readers of The Orange County Register.
Dr. Betty Uribe
Executive Vice President
California Bank & Trust
Margaret Wong has been identified by the Sacramento Bee as the “Business Empress” based on her success in linking multi-million dollar businesses between California and China. For the past 20 years she has also served as Sacramento’s “unofficial ambassador” to China in her quest to promote a better business cultural understanding between the U.S. and China to enhance economic opportunities between both countries she calls home. Her own story from the time she immigrated to the U.S. to working with U.S. companies to becoming one of the most successful U.S-.China entrepreneurs in California represents the classic American dream in itself.
A Hong Kong native, Margaret received her B.S. degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Hong Kong. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 where she served as the Corporate Controller for Bostrom Management Corporation in Chicago for 10 years. She worked as a Vice President of American Savings and Loans in Stockton before moving to Sacramento in 1984 to start her own business.
Margaret founded McWong International, Inc. in 1984 and since that time, she has used her extensive network in China and experience in doing business with China to create one of the west coast’s most successful China trade companies in the electrical and lighting products industry. In 1997, Margaret founded McWong Environmental and Energy Group (MEEG), which specializes in the export of environmental and energy related technology and equipment for industrial wastewater treatment projects in China. Founded McWong Smart in 2010, focus to export smart lighting technology to China to promote “Eco City” Green Lighting systems. McWong currently has multiple offices and factories in China with its headquarters located in Sacramento, California. In 2012, Margaret founded the “California Center” to expand business opportunities between California and China. Margaret has been widely recognized in the industry for her strong business and government connections in China and inside knowledge of the “ways and means” of doing business in China.
McWong International, Inc.
Senior Director, Government Affairs-CA Region, Imprenta Communications
C.C. Yin’s life story exemplifies the goals of every immigrant who comes to America to live the American dream. He and his family own 32 McDonald’s restaurants in Northern California. Mr. Yin is an established entrepreneur with a heart for serving the community. For the past 30 years, he has been actively involved in a number of organizations and institutions in diverse communities including Chambers, Rotary, NAACP, schools, homeless, disabled and others.
During the past 14 years, C.C. has expended tireless personal energy and resources to build a non-profit organization, API American Public Affairs Assn., (APAPA), with goals to promote the importance of political awareness and civic engagement. APAPA is a renowned National organization that promotes political empowerment of API community.
He served as Board of Trustee for the California State University and the California State Lottery Commission, Board Member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for the California Highway Patrol, California Asian Chamber and Vacaville Chamber, to name a few.
C.C. has received numerous recognitions and awards at local, state & national level as a statewide business, civic, political and community leader including a Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Obama, Corporate Achievement Award by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), National Minority Retail Firm of the Year Award by US Department of Commerce, National Entrepreneur of the Year, Top 50 National Food Franchisee, Top Franchisee in the Nation by Franchise Times, the prestigious Golden Arch Award & Leadership Award by McDonald’s Corporation, and the Leadership Award by International Leadership Foundation.
C.C.’s selfless & tireless efforts enrich the community and the many individuals whose lives he continually touches.
Founder & Chair
Yin's McDonald's Owner
John Yung is a Partner in Lewis Brisbois’s corporate practice. John focuses his practice on corporate, securities, and international business matters with a particular emphasis on assisting Chinese companies access U.S. capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transactions. With more than a decade representing publicly traded and private companies, John has extensive experience in a variety of financing transactions, including venture capital, private equity, secured debt, public offerings, private investment in public equity, and follow-on and secondary financings.
In addition, John assists private and public companies in a wide variety of matters including establishment of a representative office or wholly-foreign owned enterprise (WFOE) in China, fund formation, joint ventures, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), cross border transactions and intellectual property rights and licensing.
John understands the challenges that his clients face in managing a business, from navigating the complex legal environment to reconciling the differences in business culture between regions such as the U.S. and Asia. With that understanding, John plays strategic role to his clients as a trusted advisor by providing sound legal and result-oriented solutions to his clients’ problems.