Meet Our Leadership

Pat Fong Kushida

President & CEO


Direct Line: 916.389.7460

Frank Louie

COO/Business Development


Direct Line: 916.389.7461


Maye Saephanh

Vice President of Global & Domestic Programs


Direct Line: 916.389.7479

Lauren Oto

Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Events/Foundation Executive Director 


Direct Line: 916.389.7474

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance


Direct Line: 916.389.7465

Glenn Fujii

CARES Act Project Director


Direct Line: 916.389.7486

Bianka Melecio

Executive Assistant to President & CEO/Board Liason and HR Coordinator

Bianka is the Executive Assistant, Board Liaison and Corporate Benefits Manager for the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

Direct Line: 916.389.7466

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Ana Alesna

Executive Assistant to the COO

Ana Alesna is bilingual in Tagalog and English. She moved to Burnsville, MN in 2011, lived there for the past seven years where she also built her career with AT&T. She has worked closely with small business accounts, corporate accounts, and government accounts and held multiple positions such as, Business Receivables Specialist, Single Point of Contact, and Teleconference Specialist. 

Direct Line: 916.389.7468

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Roy Arimoto

Operations Manager & Membership Manager

Roy is a lifetime Sacramentan. As a Sansei, third generation Japanese American, his family has been involved in the Asian business community. Roy’s career includes radio, television, marketing and non-profits. He was the Marketing and Community Relations Director for the Sacramento Zoo for seven years. Before joining the chamber, he was the Business Operations Manager for the California Automobile Museum.

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Stacey Tate

MBDA Business Development Specialist

Stacey is an MBDA Business Development Specialist for the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce. Her experience includes industries from legal, real estate and business and economic development. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stacey worked for the Northern California Small Business Development Center where she helped lead the Regional programs for small businesses. Stacey is passionate about making a positive impact and cultivating meaningful relationships in her AAPI and small business communities and one way is through volunteer work as a Board Member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) – Greater Sacramento Chapter.

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Andrea Cao

Public Policy Manager

Andrea Cao is the Public Policy Manager for the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. She recently joined the team in early 2022 and is excited to work in policy and advocate for small and minority-owned businesses. Andrea graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science at the University of California, Merced and has previous experience working in the tech space; she previously worked with startups on events and marketing at Amazon, as well as a startup in Fintech. During her free time, she loves to stay active and go on long walks with her partner and two dogs, Finn and Roxy. Andrea is a huge advocate for rescues and loves to support local shelters like the SSPA in Sacramento (check out their page of animals available for foster/adoption here!). Andrea looks forward to making a positive and meaningful impact with her team at the CalAsian Chamber and is excited to work on initiatives that helps support her Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

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Janice Garcia

Digital Marketing & Events Specialist

Janice has an incredible pride in both her Sacramento and API communities and finds joy in empowering both. Before joining the chamber, she lended her administrative and coordination talents to local businesses by connecting them and collaborating on events. She looks forward to using this experience to benefit her community.

Direct Line: 916.389.7482

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Matt Sumida

Director of Marketing / Foundation

Matt Sumida is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. Prior to Matt joining the chamber in 2019, he worked as Senior Brand Manager at 3fold Communications, a full-service marketing agency based in Sacramento, where he developed marketing strategies and campaigns for companies in the higher education, nonprofit, and public sectors. Previous, Matt worked at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce leading marketing and events efforts, as well as developing and implementing workforce development programs.

Direct Line: 916.389.7472

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Rebecca Elliott

Content Creation Specialist

Rebecca is a Marketing and Content Creation Specialist at the chamber. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego with a degree in multimedia journalism and a minor in public relations. Prior, she worked in publishing, news, and magazine editorial in both San Diego and New York. Born in Sacramento, she’s excited to return to the area and contribute to the community.

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Sonia Dueñas Navarro

Project Director, Small Business Transportation Resource Center

Sonia is the Director of the Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Southwest Region. Her role includes overseeing the strategic direction and management of activities to ensure the effective implementation of the SBTRC program. Prior to this role, Sonia served as a Program Development Officer with the Sacramento MBDA Export Center to develop project activities, initiatives, and partnerships with organizations and subject matter experts to help Minority Business Enterprises succeed in both trade, and exports to foreign markets. Prior to working with the small business community, Sonia worked in a civic leadership nonprofit supporting strategies within economic development and the 21st Century Workforce. Sonia is a graduate of Columbia University with a Master of Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences, and a certificate concentration in Health Policy and Practice. Sonia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

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Karen Nelson

Director of Supplier Diversity, Small Business Utilization Center

Karen Nelson serves as the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Supplier Diversity and will oversee all supplier diversity efforts on behalf of the chamber. Prior to this role, she served as chief impact officer at the American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter headquartered in Sacramento, CA. She was responsible for the strategic design, implementation, and management of the organization. Nelson has over 15 years of experience engaging with small businesses, corporations, and nonprofit organizations within the greater Sacramento region. From 2017 to 2019, Nelson served as assistant deputy director at the State of California’s Department of Consumer Affairs, an appointee under Governor Brown’s administration, where she served as the Department’s liaison for 37 boards and bureaus. She was director of youth and community engagement at PRO Youth and Families in 2014, where she led the organization's youth and community programs. Nelson held several positions at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce from 2005 to 2011, including director of events, director of events and sponsorship and director of events, sponsorship and foundation. She earned her masters degree in Business Administration at Drexel University, and bachelors degree in Communications and Psychology at the University of California, Davis. She has had a long career in the greater Sacramento region and is passionate about performing work that impacts the broader community.

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Houa Vang

Program Officer, Bonding Education Program

Houa is a Program Officer supporting SBTRC, primarily focusing on coordinating all activities under the Bonding Education Program (BEP).  Prior to joining the Chamber, she worked at Valley Vision where she supported their first statewide project to engage diverse and vulnerable Californians in emergency preparedness activities.  She graduated from CSU, Sacramento with a B.A. in Psychology and spent her undergraduate career working on campus in various program assistant and mentorship roles to support leadership, professional, and academic development programs/services to underserved students.

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Elizabeth Coleman (Merced)

Program Manager - AAPI Strong California 

Elizabeth is the Program Manager for the AAPI Strong California program. Prior to joining the chamber, Elizabeth worked at Maxim Healthcare Services, a leading healthcare provider, as a Field Support Associate for the Respite Department. Preceding Maxim, Elizabeth became a lead Student Account Assistant for the Student Financial Services Dept. at Fresno Pacific University, where she developed her communication, administrative and customer service skills. Elizabeth Coleman (Merced), a proud Fresnan, now joins the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce to help and to serve the AAPI small business community.

Direct Line: - (916) 389-7464

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Ruben Moody

Intake Coordinator - MBDA CARES

Ruben Moody is a lifetime Sacramento resident, and proud Grant High School and Sacramento City College alumni who brings communications, community engagement, and client relations experience to the Programs team. His deep belief for assuring equity for all communities, especially historically underfunded neighborhoods, is what attracted him to the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce (CalAsian Chamber).  Prior to working with the CalAsian Chamber, he worked for City Year Sacramento, California Latino School Boards Association, and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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Chris Bollinger

Bollinger Government Affairs

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Andrea Deveau

Executive Vice President, Strategies 360

Andrea Deveau leads S360’s office in Sacramento and is a seasoned advocacy veteran with deep experience in energy and technology policy.

Prior to S360, Andrea served as Vice President of State Policy and Politics for TechNet, the leading voice for the innovation economy. During this time, Andrea was responsible for leading TechNet’s 50-state advocacy program and raised the organization’s profile by securing numerous legislative victories on advanced energy, privacy, security, future of work, and education.

Prior to TechNet, Andrea served as the Senior Director of Policy Innovation at Direct Energy for 13 years, where she had multi-state, region, and national responsibilities for local and state government policy development. She also served in the capacity of Board Secretary for the TechNet Executive Committee and in January 2016 and Andrea was appointed to the California Million Women Mentors Honorary Leadership Council. In February 2018, Andrea was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a member of the Computer Science Advisory Task Force. 

She has served as a Steering Committee Member for the California Alliance for Competitive Energy Solutions, President of the Alliance for Retail Energy Markets, and as a Board Member of the Arizona Independent System Administrator. In 2012, Andrea received the Western Power Trading Forum’s Kent Wheatland Award in recognition of her efforts in advocating for competitive energy market policy. Ms. Deveau is a graduate of the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration.

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Bill Mueller

Strategic Consultant
Partner, Integrated Communications Strategies, LLC

A seasoned public affairs and communications consultant specializing in strategic planning, meeting facilitation and consensus building, Bill applies his knowledge to help businesses, universities and colleges , foundations and nonprofit organizations improve their performance, anticipate and adapt to changes and provide services that advance their missions.

Before joining the firm as a partner, Bill served as CEO of Valley Vision, one of California’s most respected triple bottom-line nonprofits established to help private and public sector clients deliver breakthroughs for the communities they serve. Bill doubled the organization’s budget, recruited a high performing team and worked closely with a 30-member C-level board of directors. He also directed dozens of region-wide initiatives focused on job and business growth, improved healthcare access, and social and environmental service improvements. During his 15 year tenure at Valley Vision, Bill served as the chairman of the California Stewardship Network and co-chair of the California Economic Summit.

Bill is well versed on federal, state and local policy issues. In the early 2000s, he managed corporate social responsibility issues as the Public Affairs and Global Business Manager for Intel Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for crisis preparation, planning and response for several business lines, including the Intel corporate jet service. Prior to this, Bill served as a policy advisor and field representative for state and federal lawmakers, and was later hired by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to serve as Vice President of Public Policy and Programs, where he worked as a legislative advocate, organized political action activities and helped pass ballot measures. 

Bill graduated from California State University, Sacramento, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Communication Studies. He has won numerous awards, including the Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs (2019), CSU Sacramento’s Distinguished Alumni award (2018), the Sacramento Urban League’s Unity Award (2011), and three Division Recognition Awards while at Intel (2000-2005).

Bill is a senior fellow of the Mt. Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and currently serves on the boards of the California Asian Chamber of Commerce and Breathe California Sacramento Region.

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Jason Paguio

Consultant, Strategic Partnerships and Political Director 
President and CEO of Asian Business Association San Diego

As part of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Jason Paguio brings experience from one of the state’s largest markets as President and CEO of the Asian Business Association San Diego (ABASD), in addition to his experience as small business owner for over 13 years.


Since taking the role of President and CEO, Jason received strong support from the board of directors, focusing the mission of the organization on inclusive economic development strategies. He leads ABASD to its largest growth in nearly 30 years, securing over 40% in additional grant funding, growing the board of directors to its largest size, and increasing ABASD’s team to more than double in order to deliver technical assistance to the small business community.


In 2019, ABASD joined the San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center network, hiring additional full-time staff to provide no-cost advising, consulting services and educational workshops to entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Together with Mission Driven Finance, ABASD launched the first Asian Pacific Islander (API) Impact Fund. The AdvanceAPI Fund supports economic security and advancement of San Diego’s API community through access to capital and workforce development.


ABASD also formed a Strategic Alliance with the region’s largest ethnic chambers of commerce; the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Central Black Chamber of Commerce. The three organizations are focused on community based outreach and have begun sharing business resources, events, educational workshops, and business advocacy.


Most recently, Jason was named one of San Diego’s 500 Most Influential People by the San Diego Business Journal. At 33 years old, Jason is among the youngest chosen and one of 40 executives included in the Civic category.


Jason is looking forward to utilizing his experience, innovative ideas, and collaborative approach in supporting strategic partnerships statewide as part of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

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Alicia Priego

Vice President, Strategies 360

Alicia joins Strategies 360 with 17 years of state government affairs experience with expertise in energy and transportation policy. Prior to joining S360, Alicia was an advocate and State Government Affairs Manager for San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), Sempra Energy’s two California regulated utilities.


As part of the Strategies team, she has worked on issues that include expanding access to computer science in schools with increased participation by women and underrepresented minorities, successfully increasing budget funding to support the implementation of the California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan, and advocating for policies that foster a climate for innovation, allowing technology companies to create, thrive, and compete.

Prior to working for Sempra Energy Utilities, Alicia served as Legislative Director for California State Senator Jim Beall, Chair of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. Alicia worked on issues such as funding for rebuilding California’s transportation infrastructure as well as helping to secure investments for the BART to San Jose extension. Prior to joining the Senate, Alicia held roles at the California Public Utilities Commission, as Deputy Director of the Office of Government Affairs, and also the Director for Energy at the California Municipal Utilities Association.


Alicia is an active volunteer in the Capitol community. She has served on the board for California Women in Energy, which promotes leadership, career development, and education for women working in all sectors of the energy industry. She is also a youth mentor through the Philippine National Day Association, Sacramento’s leading Filipino community organization.

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Scott Rogalski


Director, NorCal SBDC Finance Center

Scott Rogalski has 15 years of banking/lending experience, with commercial lending being his focus for the last 8 years. He is certified through Hipereon Commercial Lending School out of Washington that has taught him how to put value behind a business, discover cash determinants that will help a business grow as well evaluate risk by looking for signs of a failing business.

Majority of his banking career was spent in branch management, small business banking coaching, training, business development and community involvement. He is well versed in all areas of lending across several different funding options outside of traditional bank financing and can easily assess the needs of capital infusion for any business type.

Scott is excellent at quickly obtaining the necessary information to create a financial picture for his clients that can be used by their banker, CPA, and financial advisor. He has s clear understanding of the underwriting guidelines for traditional bank lending and knows how to create alternative ways to structure the loan packages to ensure proper debt servicing. Another one of his expertise is being able to identify uncommon collateral needed to make a loan less risky and secure funding. He gets excited when his clients are turned down from their banker, because it creates a challenge for him to find a solution. Scott has to often squash any myth that SBA has declined a loan request, as the decision for SBA to approve a loan comes from the specific lender doing the loan and not decisioned by SBA. He enjoys presenting information for workshops with the title, ‘What the Lenders Don’t Tell You’.

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Tracey Schaal

Economic Development Consultant
Principal, Intrépide Enterprises

Tracey Schaal is Principal of Intrépide Enterprises, an economic development and community relations strategy firm based in Northern CA.

With over 20 years’ experience in economic development, marketing, and non-profit leadership, Schaal has been involved in national and international business recruitment and retention efforts for the greater Sacramento Region, has served as a founding member of TeamCA, the state’s non-profit marketing organization, and has led several organizations through transformative growth and development.

Most recently, Schaal served as the Executive Director of Power Inn Alliance, a property-based improvement district, a manufacturing corridor in the southeastern quadrant of the City of Sacramento. While here, she launched several marquee initiatives to change how people view industrial corridors.

Known for her dynamic and visionary approach, Schaal strives to create collaborative pathways to better our community through job creation, company retention and proactive public relations and marketing campaigns. Her passion is to create catalytic strategies which result in actionable outcomes and metrics to ensure significant impact for the organizations and communities she engages with.

A native of Ohio, Schaal received her B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

She lives in Carmichael with her family.