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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: Eric C. De Los Santos ’89
- President-Elect: Anthony Cheng ’95
- Secretary: Margaret Woo ’79
- Treasurer: Elizabeth Cho ’01, AM ’02
- Franklin Chiao ’01
- Karynn Ikeda ’11
- Jill Javier ’07
- Kavita Kumar ’00
- Brian Lee ’06
- Juhyung Harold Lee ’06
- Charol Morikawa ’90
- Tho Phan ’11
- Channa Srey ’03
Board Member Profiles
ANTHONY CHENG ’95 (President-Elect) 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.
ELIZABETH CHO ’01, AM ’02 (Treasurer) is the Founder and Director of Poche Au Noir/Black Pocket, a firm specializing in strategic communications, events planning, documentary production and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Previously, she served as the Director of Communications and Marketing for The New York Women’s Foundation, bringing knowledge and communications skills honed by the arts, advertising and marketing sectors. Prior to arriving at the foundation, she served as Chief Operating Officer of ArtCatchr, a startup technology venture in the arts world. Ms. Cho began her career working at the art auction houses Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury; she then transitioned into advertising with BBDO, Select Communications, and Saatchi & Saatchi, working on brands such as Pizza Hut, Boniva, Puma, and Vidal Sassoon. While with Special Ops Media, a film PR firm, she managed online marketing efforts for Universal Studios and Picturehouse Films. In 2007, she returned to the art world with Au Currant, an art consulting firm. A graduate of Brown University, Ms. Cho received her Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Organizational Behavior and Management and Master’s in Old World Archaeology and Art. Ms. Cho originally hails from Seoul, Korea, and now resides in Manhattan with her fiancé.
ERIC C. DE LOS SANTOS ’89 (President) is Assistant General Counsel and Director of Employment Law for TrueBlue, Inc., headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. In addition to providing counsel and advice on labor and employment issues, Eric coordinates lobbying efforts on behalf of the company in several of its larger markets across the country. He is active in various bar associations and is President of the Filipino Lawyers of Washington. He also formerly served on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. At Brown, he was President and Coordinator of Campus Life of the Undergraduate Council of Students, a MPC, and an active member of AASA. He graduated from Brown with a degree in Public Policy and American Institutions and received his JD from the University of Washington. For several years, Eric was a writer and founding member of the Pork Filled Players, a multi-ethnic sketch comedy group and artists-in-residence at the Northwest Asian American Theatre. He was born and raised in Honolulu, and lives with his partner Chad Hartley in Seattle.
KARYNN IKEDA ‘11 is a social media strategist turned event producer. After working for a digital agency in New York City, Karynn moved back to her native California, and in 2013, she launched ANTgears, a creative consulting firm that strives to build and strengthen human connections through the social web, live events, content production, and design. Concentrating in Modern Culture and Media, Karynn was was actively involved in Brown’s Asian/Asian American community; she served as an MPC Friend, co-programmer of Asian/Asian American History Month, and editor of VISIONS, Brown’s Asian/Asian American literary magazine. She is also currently on the organizing committee behind TEDxPeacePlaza, which will take place in San Francisco in November 2013, and is writing her first novel, which explores the intersection of gender, sexuality, religion, and race.
JILL JAVIER ’07 graduated from Brown in 2007 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. At Brown, Jill was involved with Fusion Dance Company, Filipino Alliance, and the Meiklejohn Steering Committee. She is a health economic consultant at United BioSource Corporation (wholly owned subsidiary of Medco) in Bethesda, MD. She currently serves as Co-President of the Brown Club of Washington D.C. and BASC interviewer. She also serves on the volunteer training board at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and volunteers at Joy of Motion Dance Center.
KAVITA KUMAR ’00 is the higher education reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. While at Brown, she was an MPC, coordinator of Women’s History Month, and the spokesperson for AASA. She was also a news editor for the College Hill Independent. She graduated with a BA in American Civilization, with a focus in ethnic studies. After Brown, she worked for a couple of years as a reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and then went to Columbia University to get her master’s degree in journalism. An Ohio native, she has been in St. Louis now for about 5 years. Currently, she writes stories, blogs, and tweets about issues in higher education. When she’s not on deadline, she enjoys sushi, yoga, NPR, indie rock, kickball and traveling.
BRIAN LEE ‘06 has been involved with A4 since his sophomore year at Brown, and is happy to work more closely with the group on the west coast. He is a computer graphics artist in Los Angeles, and creates visual effects for TV series, commercials and movies. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and view some of his work here.
JUHYUNG HAROLD LEE ’06 graduated from Brown in 2006 with an A.B. in Ethnic Studies. While at Brown, Harold was actively involved with the Third World and Asian American communities as a AASA member, MPC Friend, TWC Staffer, contributor to and editor of VISIONS, and a co-programmer of Asian/Asian American History Month in 2003 and 2005. During his senior year, he worked in collaboration with other Asian American students to document and preserve Asian/Asian American history at Brown; develop a website to present the compiled research materials; and create a social/study space and library of important Asian American texts and films on the third floor of the TWC. After working in civic participation and youth organizing in Los Angeles Koreatown, Harold returned to the East Coast to receive his M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He currently teaches elementary school in Manhattan Chinatown, serves on the clinical faculty of the Elementary Inclusive Education program at Teachers College, and is committed to supporting Asian and Asian American students at Brown.
CHAROL MORIKAWA ’90 graduated from Brown with an AB in Urban Studies. While at Brown, she enjoyed participating in TWTP and AASA events. She attended the DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad) in Copenhagen during her junior year and consequently picked up a smattering of Danish words along with an appreciation for pedestrian crosswalks. Currently she is Head of West Coast Operations in San Francisco for The Corporate Presence, a corporate gifts firm headquartered in NYC. She is a member of the SF chapter of ACG (Association for Corporate Growth) and travels frequently to Japan for business. Born in Honolulu and raised in Anchorage, Charol finally lives on the mainland US (or Outside) in the SF Bay area with her husband and three kids.
THO PHAN ’11 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 Philadelphia’s Chinatown. Concurrently, he is completing his M.S.Ed degree in Elementary Education at PennGSE. When he’s not in the classroom teaching his students Singapore Math, he is inventing new recipes in the kitchen, creating art, and hosting one-man dance parties.
CHANNA SREY ’03 holds an AB in Business Economics from Brown and is currently pursuing a Master degree in Education Policy and Management at Harvard. While at Brown, Channa was an active participant in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. He was a dedicated member of the Taekwondo Club, a founding member of the Breakdancing Club, a Meiklejohn Adviser, an Engine 9 TA, an Orientation Welcoming Committee member, and an MPC Friend, just to list a few. Channa also ventured down College Hill weekly to mentor middle school students with the Southeast Asian Mentoring Program (SEAM). In the midst of all this fun, he found time to foster a “serious” interest in business. His business team, NetEffect Education Solutions, won both the Entrepreneurship Program’s Elevator Speech Contest and the 50K Business Plan Competition in 2003. Now in his life after Brown, he remains engaged with his alma mater by volunteering with BASC for the North Shore Massachusetts region. He currently lives in Lynn, Massachusetts, and prior to starting graduate school, he worked as an Educational Talent Search (ETS) Advisor. In this role, he motivated low-income high school students to go to college and assisted them with their college and financial aid applications. When not saving the world one student at a time, Channa enjoys playing guitar, going to concerts, and lounging around in bookstores sipping coffee and reading.
MARGARET WOO ‘79 (Secretary) is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. She was a former fellow of the Bunting Institute (Radcliffe College) and is presently an associate of the East Asian Legal Studies Program at Harvard University. Professor Woo has received many prestigious grants from a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and is on the Senior Scholar Roster for the Fulbright Scholars Program. She is the co-editor of East Asian Law: Universal Norms and Local Culture (Routledge, 2003), and Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She is also coauthor of Litigating in America: Civil Procedure in Context (Aspen Publishing, 2006). She has served on the board of trustees for numerous organizations, including for the Brown Club of Boston, Harry Dow Legal Assistance Fund, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.