Meet Our Leadership

Pat Fong Kushida

President & CEO

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Direct Line: 916.389.7460

Frank Louie

COO

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Direct Line: 916.389.7461

Directors

Maye Saephanh

Director of Global Initiatives and Sacramento MBDA Export Center

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Direct Line: 916.389.7479

Lauren Oto

Vice President, Communications & Membership

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Direct Line: 916.389.7474

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

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Direct Line: 916.389.7465

David Nelson

Director of Public Policy

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Direct Line: 916.389.7475

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Glenn Fujii

CARES Act Project Director

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Direct Line: 916.389.7486

Thelma Clark

TRACE Program Director

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Direct Line: 916.389.7481

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Bianka Melecio

Executive Assistant to President & CEO/Board Liason

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

Global Initiatives
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Saori Choulos

International Business Account Manager

Saori joins the Global Initiatives team as the International Business Account Manager and brings over 20 years of experience in relationship management, business development and client administration, including roles as a commercial banker in trade finance where she provided millions of dollars in capital to support companies’ growth through trade in Asian markets. Saori also held management and leadership positions at VSP Global where she led teams in strategic account management and spearheaded diversity & inclusion strategies, including supplier diversity.  Saori is passionate about helping individuals and companies thrive by providing resources, services and connections to help them achieve their goals. She also believes in serving the community and has held leadership roles on several non-profit boards and committees, in addition to serving as Director of Outreach & Business Engagement at Align Capital Region where she cultivated relationships and aligned strategies to support the economic success of diverse communities through professional and workforce development. Saori is committed to the success of thriving communities, which small businesses play a critical part, and was recognized by Sacramento State University in 2019 with the Distinguished Service Award for significant contributions in community inclusion and engagement.

Direct Line: 916.276.1558

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Cassie Fortes

Program Development Officer

Cassie is the Global Initiatives Project Manager for CalAsian Chamber of Commerce. She first joined the chamber in November 2018 as the Global Initiatives Export Specialist before assuming her current positon. Cassie graduated in May 2018 from San Francisco State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was the Marketing Specialist for San Francisco State University, College of Business, supporting marketing efforts for Graduate Business Programs and Executive Education events.

Direct Line: 916.389.7485

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Sonia Duenas

Program Development Officer

As a Program Development Officer with the Sacramento MBDA Export Center, Sonia develops 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 joining the CalAsian Chamber's Global Initiative team, Sonia worked at Valley Vision, a civic leadership organization headquartered in Sacramento, where she concentrated on projects that advanced the 21st Century Workforce, and Leadership & Civic Engagement portfolios. Preceding Valley Vision, Sonia held a leadership position in Sales and Operations, with Coach, where she developed skills in management, client relationships, and sales cycles.

Direct Line: 916.389.7480

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Mariana Guevara

International Business Development Specialist

Mariana Guevara joined the Global Initiatives team as a Business Development Intern, she now works as a Program Analyst under the MBDA Export Center.

 

Prior to joining the CalAsian Global Initiatives team, Mariana interned at U.S. Commercial Service's international office in Mexico City helping increase U.S. exports to Mexico as part of the U.S. Embassy's mission. Preceding the embassy, she interned alongside the Sacramento U.S. Commercial Service director assisting small and medium sized companies with coordinating market research to counseling foreign buyers seeking U.S. sources of products and services. 

Direct Line: 916.389.7483

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Frank Fernandez

International Business Development Specialist

Frank first joined the chamber in November 2019 as a Program Analyst before assuming his current role. Prior to joining the chamber, he was an intern for the Fresno MBDA Business Center providing administrative and technical assistance to small and medium-sized businesses.

Direct Line: 916.389.7487

Marketing & Events
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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 Community Relations

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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Vivian Wong

Member Relations & Outreach Coordinator

Prior to working at the CalAsian Chamber in July 2018 as the Membership Retention Coordinator Intern, Vivian has now officially joined the CalAsian staff as a Member Relations Coordinator. She graduated from Sacramento State with a business degree in International Business and minored in Marketing. 

Direct Line: 916.389.7488

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Dryden Nagtalon

Graphic Designer

Dryden is a graphic designer for the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. He thrives to look for opportunities that will help him grow, learn, and succeed in his career. When he gets the chance, he loves to illustrate, travel, and create memories with family and friends. Dryden seeks to enhance his skills in graphic design and possibly look into being a concept artist for animation studios.

Direct Line: 916.708.6644

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Programs
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Sean Ang

TRACE Program Manager

Prior to joining the California Asian Chamber of Commerce as TRACE Senior Program Manager, Sean has worked in project coordination and administrative roles in the healthcare and insurance industries. He is excited to be involved in the advocacy and development of minority-owned businesses.

 

Outside of work, Sean has a passion for the arts, having graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Violin Performance. He regularly performs as a violinist and vocalist in the Sacramento area.

Direct Line: 916.389.7463

CARES Act Program
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Gilbert Lara

CARES Act Program Manager

Gilbert Lara is the CARES Act Program Manager for the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the chamber, he worked for Olson Hagel & Fishburn where he provided day-to-day financial guidance and oversight for campaign committees and non-profits throughout California. His professional experience also includes the California legislature and other statewide offices. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. On his spare time he enjoys to travel, surf and spend time with friends and family. 

Direct Line: 916.389.7469

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