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Board of Governors
The A4 Board is comprised of 13 Governors: 4 Officers and 9 Board Members. Officers are elected by the general membership, and Board Members are appointed by the Officers. These alumni volunteers collectively represent a broad spectrum of classes, geographies and ethnicities, all dedicated to furthering A4′s mission for serving fellow Asian and Asian American Brunonians.
Current Board of Governors
- President: Jill Javier ’07
- President-Elect: Tho Phan ’11
- Treasurer: Yen Tran ’14
- Secretary: Elaine Tamargo ’11
- Pamela Arya ’84, P’18
- Anthony Cheng ’95, Immediate Past President
- Calvin Ho ’03
- Jason Lee ’12
- Jayesh Needham ’07
Board Member Profiles
PAMELA ARYA’84 P’18 is the CEO and Co-Founder of Optensity Inc. Optensity is a Virginia headquartered startup whose flagship product is AppSymphonyTM. AppSymphony is a software platform for easily building advanced analytic applications in the cloud and accessing Hadoop. Pam was formerly an Executive Director for Applied Minds, a highly innovative research and development engineering firm in LA. She was selected to be a National Reconnaissance Office Technology Fellow, Class of 2000. While at Brown, Pam majored in Geo-Physics and also has a MS in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. In addition to the A4 Board, she has served 2 terms on the Brown Alumni Board of Governors, 7 years as a mentor for Brown Women’s Launch Pad, as well as volunteered many years for JanLab and BASC. Her other volunteer work includes 8 years on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Foundation, the Grace Hopper ACM conference scholarship review committee, Tech Girls and WIT. Pam is the proud mother of two sons Adam ‘18 and Andrew White. When not busy with all of the above, Pam enjoys mixology and collects vintage American glass.
ANTHONY CHENG ’95 (President) is the Chief Operating Officer of APF Travel, Inc., a full service travel agency specializing in Latin America and Asia travel, student groups, wholesale air fares, and corporate and government clients. He is also the principal and founder of Anthem Development, LLC an infill real estate firm specializing in commercial and mixed-use development, affordable housing, and redevelopment projects with a focus on green construction. Prior to these ventures, Anthony was the President and co-founder of the original renren Media Limited, an Internet community website company that was publicly traded in Hong Kong before selling the business in 2001. Anthony began his career after Brown as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York and Shanghai serving mostly healthcare clients and financial institutions. Concentrating in both Biochemistry and Economics at Brown, he was President of the Chinese Students Association, organized a multitude of joint events between various Asian campus clubs, and played with the Brown Jazz Band. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Brown Alumni Association, is Co-President of the Brown Club of So Cal, and was a former BASC Area Chair. When not shuttling between Brazil and China, Anthony enjoys traveling (!), drum corps, gastronomy, wine tasting, and volunteering in his community in Los Angeles.
CALVIN HO ‘03 discovered his passion for food while at Brown. In addition to creating his own speciality drinks at the VW or cooking stir fry in his dorm room at MoChamp, Calvin enjoyed frequenting Spikes, East Side Pockets and Antonio Pizza for a quick bite on Thayer Street. A former manager of the Brown Daily Herald, Calvin graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics, completed his M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and received his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Currently, Calvin works at Adaptv managing digital media sales and marketing and is proud to call the Bay Area home.
JILL JAVIER ’07 (President) graduated from Brown with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. At Brown, Jill was involved with Fusion Dance Company, Filipino Alliance, and the Meiklejohn Steering Committee. After Brown she worked as a health economic consultant at United BioSource Corporation (wholly owned subsidiary of Medco/Express Scripts) in Bethesda, MD and has served as Co-President of the Brown Club of Washington D.C. With the longer term goal of bringing new medical products to patients, Jill attended Duke University Fuqua School of Business to get her MBA and Health Sector Management certificate. She is currently a Senior Associate in Strategy and Business Development for Medtronic, plc. She also continues her passion for dance as part of the Minnesota Dance Collaborative in the Twin Cities.
JASON LEE ’12 is an Associate at Commonfund Capital, the private capital group of an institutional investment management firm, which serves mission-based organizations and pension plans by providing investment solutions in Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Natural Resources. Prior to this role, he was a Consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global management consulting firm specializing in strategy, marketing, pricing and sales, on their Life Sciences team, focusing primarily on product go-to-market strategies and pharmaceutical commercialization and operations projects. During his time at Brown, Jason concentrated in both Biology and Economics and served a variety of roles on campus, including Chairman of the Undergraduate Finance Board, Director of the Korean American Conference (KASCON) bidding committee, Social Chair of the Korean American Students Association, and Meiklejohn Peer Advisor. In addition to his time dedicated to on-campus activities, he was a co-founder of J.S. Academy, a family business that served as an education platform for connecting students with individual tutors for personalized learning. When he is not conducting due diligence or restructuring his personal portfolio, he enjoys poker, tennis, racing (a Camry…) through mountain roads, and online gaming.
JAYESH NEEDHAM ’07 graduated from Brown with a degree in International Relations. At Brown, Jayesh founded and directed Attitude Dance Company, as well as served as Co-President for the Class of 2007, as a Minority Peer Counselor, and as Director of Body and Sole, Brown’s Dance Board. After Brown, he worked for NBC Universal in Production and then as Campus Coordinator for Oberlin Shansi, a non-profit associated with Oberlin College that promotes intercultural exchange between Asia and Americans through various programs and initiatives. With the goal of further developing his career opportunities, Jayesh then pursued both a law degree and MBA at Duke University School of Law and the Fuqua School of Business. He is now Associate Brand Manager for the Tequila category at Diageo, the world’s largest spirits company. He remains involved with Attitude, choreographing for and performing in the company’s annual show both this and last year.
THO PHAN ’11 (President-Elect) graduated from Brown in 2011 with an A.B. in East Asian Studies. While at Brown, Tho devoted his time supporting Third World communities, particularly Asian/Asian-American identity groups such as VSA and FA. His involvement extended to the TWC and OSL where he served as Southeast Asian Heritage Week co- programmer, Third World Transition Program co-coordinator, and Asian American Student Services & Programs Assistant (aka PAC Coordinator). His experience and education at Brown galvanized a passion to serve underrepresented communities, especially in education. Upon graduation, he joined the Teach For America 2011 corps in Greater Philadelphia and now teaches elementary school at a charter school in South Philadelphia. He completed his M.S.Ed degree in Elementary Education at PennGSE. When he’s not in the classroom, he is inventing new recipes in the kitchen for dinner parties, pretending to finish DIY projects, and hosting one-man dance parties.