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2020 CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE SPONSORS

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CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

2331 Alhambra Blvd

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Sacramento, CA 95817

916.446.7883

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2019 Slate of Officers

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Board Chair

Principal, Hawksbill Advisors

Hawksbill Group

Immediate Past Chair

Managing Director - Retail Specialized Markets

MUFG Union Bank

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Incoming Chair

Director - Energy Risk Management

Sempra Energy Utilities

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Secretary

Senior Public Policy Manager

Lyft

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Treasurer

Board Liasion

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Legal Counsel

Attorney at Law

Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

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Director-At-Large

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Comcast Cable Corporation

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Director-At-Large

Partner

Lewis Brisbois

2019 Board of Directors

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Keri Askew Bailey

Vice President, Government Affairs

Charter Communications

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

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Heidi Barsuglia

Vice President, Public Policy & Legal Affairs

Verizon

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.

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Putu Blanco

Director of Operations/CFO

Paul Blanco's Good Car Company

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.

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Jason Chan

Director, External Affairs

AT&T

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.

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Johnathan Choi

Regional Manager, Government Affairs & Environment, Western Region

Dart

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William Jahmal Miller

System Vice President

CommonSpirit Health

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Miki Saini

Regional Marketing Manager

JPMorgan Chase

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Lupe De La Cruz

Senior Director, Government Affairs

PepsiCo

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).

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Tarrance Frierson

Principal Manager,

Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

Southern California Edison

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.

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Lambert Hsu

President & CEO

Benefit Pro Insurance Services

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.

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Joan Kerr

Director, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability

PG&E

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.

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Floreine Kahn

Deputy Vice President of State Advocacy, Western Region

PhRMA

Floreine R. Kahn joined PhRMA in May 2018 as a Deputy Vice President of State Advocacy in the Western Region.  Previously, she served as the Director of State Government Affairs for AbbVie, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Ms. Kahn started her legislative career serving as Legislative Director, and later Chief of Staff, to Assemblywoman Brewer (R-Newport Beach).  She went on to serve as Chief of Staff to two additional legislators, Senator Jim Battin (R-Palm Desert) and Senator and former Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine).  She also had the privilege to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of Policy for the former Assembly Republican Leader and now Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield).  In each of her legislative roles, she analyzed, developed and advised the members on public policy issues of importance to their districts and the state of California.  She was instrumental in key negotiations on the budget, workers’ compensation reform, energy and water.

She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  She is married to Chris Kahn and has two children, Megan (19) and Matthew (17).

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Kevin Loscotoff

Director, Public Affairs & Government Relations

Walmart

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Yoyo Chan

Vice President, Government and Public Affairs

Golden State Warriors and Chase Center

Yoyo is the Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for the Golden State Warriors and Chase Center. In this role, she is responsible for all government and external relations efforts for the organization, including the development of Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

 

Yoyo most recently served as Chief of Staff to San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen, where she was responsible for providing political and policy analysis on issues related to land use, development, and the City’s budget. Prior to her role at San Francisco City Hall, she worked at Barbary Coast Consulting, where she worked on community organizing efforts for various development projects, including Sutter Health’s $2.1 billion hospital rebuild project.
 

A native of San Francisco, Yoyo serves on the San Francisco Grants for the Arts Advisory Panel, Mission Bay Transportation Improvement Fund Advisory Committee and on the Board of the Ed Lee Democratic Club.

 

Yoyo holds a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. 

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Ed Manning

Partner

KP Public Affairs

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...

 

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Bill Mueller

CEO, Managing Partner

Valley Vision

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.

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Nate Nguyen

Sales Leader

State Farm

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

Director, Government Relations & Public Affairs

Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling

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.

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Dr. Betty Uribe

CEO

Effectus Enterprises, dba Dr. Betty™

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.

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Vince Wetzel

Senior Government Affairs

State Farm

Vince is a Senior Government Affairs Coordinator for State Farm. His primary responsibility is to connect State Farm agents with lawmakers across California and Hawaii so that they can be a local resource on the effects of public policy in communities. The diversity of his territory allows him to see how agents and employees are meeting the specific needs of customers in a wide range of communities. He joined State Farm in 2006 in Public Affairs with media, community and grassroots responsibilities before focusing work in Government Relations in 2012. Vince was promoted to Senior Government Affairs Coordinator in January 2018. Vince has earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. Prior to joining State Farm, Vince worked as a sportswriter, a communications and deputy director of a disability rights non-profit and in Silicon Valley public relations.

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Margaret Wong

President/CEO

McWong International, Inc.

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.

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Ron Wong

President and CEO

Imprenta Communications Group

Coming soon

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C.C. Yin

Founder & Chair

APAPA

Yin's McDonald's Owner

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.

Wm. Jahmal Miller is the Director of Corporate Reputation & Thought Leadership with San Francisco-based Blue Shield of California’s External Affairs Division. He plays a major role in leading, creating and executing cutting-edge communication and engagement strategies and is charged with positioning the Blue Shield as a leader on health reform, achieving business goals and advancing the organization’s mission to make healthcare accessible and affordable to all Californians. Miller is recognized as a national thought leader and leading spokesperson on issues pertaining to public policy, health equity, public & mental health, external affairs, social justice, innovation, branding and strategic communications. He serves on the board of directors for The Crocker Art Museum Association (CAMA), serves on the American Diabetes Association’s National Health Disparities Committee, and is an active contributor to Landmark Ventures’ Social Innovation Summit.

Most recently, Miller served as the Deputy Director of the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Equity (OHE). Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, Miller was the State’s lead advisor on issues related to reducing health and mental health disparities and achieving health equity for all Californians. With the unique distinction of being confirmed by the California State Senate, he was responsible for leading the state’s mission on health equity to promote equitable social, economic and environmental.

Miller is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City, with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology. He also holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the University of Southern California.