Introducing our first Real Estate Series Event – April 28th

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Real Estate Series

A Practical Guide to Buying an Apartment in NYC

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm


  1166 Ave of the Americas, 35th Floor

New York, NY 10036

National Association of Asian American Professionals, New York (NAAAP-NY)

pleased to partner with Cooper & Cooper Real Estate and Mercer Racial and Ethnic

Diversity Business Resource Group, to kick off our first Real Estate Seminar Series.

Whether you’re looking to buy your first home or thinking of investing in a second

property/vacation home, this insightful seminar provides all the ins-and-outs of the purchase

process while considering current market conditions.

Topics include:

Condo vs. Co-Op

Market Overview

Financial Analysis

The Sales Timeline

The Buy-Side Team

Valuation and More!

After the informational session, attendees will have an opportunity to engage our speakers to

ask more detailed questions as well as network with other like-minded professionals.

Bring a friend and join us for a special edition and the first of many real estate talks to come,

primarily focusing on buying, renting and selling properties. Our featured speakers include:

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NAAAP Member: Early Bird – Free

Non-Member: Early Bird – $15

(early bird ends 4/20 at 11:59PM)

NAAAP Member: Regular – $10

Non-Member: Regular – $25


||| Hors d’ourves and open bar (wine/beer) will be served |||


You don’t want to miss this exciting event!

Talk Tuesday: Tech/Start-ups/Venture Capital edition

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Talk Tuesday: Tech/Start-ups/Venture Capital edition
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 6:45 – 9:45 pm
Wells Fargo Learning Center
Madison Conference Room
  150 E 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
NAAAP-NY is pleased to partner with Asian Connection, Wells Fargo’s Asian American affinity group, to bring to you our next Talk Tuesday event.

Talk Tuesday is professional development series that connect top local executives from various industries in a fireside chat to share best practices, advice and experiences. After the panel discussion, attendees will have an opportunity to network with panelists in an intimate setting.

Join us for a special edition of Talk Tuesday (Tech/Startup/Venture Capital)where we bring 4 startup CEOs, 1 venture capitalist and a Miss Asian America to moderate this soon to be sold out event. You would not want to miss this.
Beer/Wine and light refreshments will be served.
Early bird price: Members – $15
Early bird price: Non-members – $25
(early bird ends on Monday, 3/21
Regular price: Members – $20
Regular price: Non-members – $30

 Stephanie Lin is proud to represent Women in STEM as Miss Asian America 2015-16. She is currently also acting spokesperson for the Tainan Earthquake Relief Fund, and Host and Producer of Sandbox, a YouTube series that profiles entrepreneurs and founders. Prior to her stint as Director of Marketing at 500 Startups, Stephanie managed branding, vendor and licensor relationships for top-

grossing games at Kabam. Prior to gaming, Stephanie was a news producer for NBC 4 and, and also held positions at Saturday Night Live, the TODAY Show and CNBC’s Fast Money. She began her career as a production and administrative assistant to Diane Sawyer and the ABC 20/20 team.



Bob Wu, CEO and Co-founder of Teleport and Venture Partner with Social Starts. Bob is currently the CEO and co-founder of Teleport, one of the first companies built on Uber’s API. He is also a Venture Partner with Social Starts and was previously the Lead Partner. Social Starts is a seed stage VC fund that invests in companies like Mashable, Boxed, Greenhouse, Elite Daily, SimpleReach, and Grovo. Before that he worked at Ziff Brothers Investments in a variety of roles across different groups including Family Office, Private Markets & Strategy, and Executive. Prior to that he worked as an investment banker in Shanghai, China structuring pre-IPO technology companies. Bob is the co-founder and former President of Taiwanese American Professionals – New York (TAP-NY) and also the former President of Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL). He has also held non-profit board positions with Amigos de las Americas – NY Chapter as well as Council of Urban Professionals (CUP). In his free time he teaches financial literacy to high school students through Junior Achievement (JA). He holds a BA in International Relations (Global Business) from the University of Southern California.

Neal Shenoy, CEO & Co-Founder, Speakaboos and Founding Partner, [212]MEDIA. Neal is CEO & Co-Founder of Speakaboos, an award-winning mobile education platform that motivates young children from PreK – 3rd grade to read. Neal is responsible for assembling team with deep industry expertise across organizations such as Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Scholastic, Barnes & Noble, Hasbro, Pepsi and Mattel. Neal is also a Co-Founder of Saavn, the largest digital service for South Asian music in the world, whose investors include Tiger Global, Bertelsmann and Liberty Media. Saavn was recently chosen by Forbes as one of the most promising U.S. companies. Saavn has the broadest music catalog in the industry across 900+ record labels and 28 languages, reaches over 20MM consumers on web, mobile and social platforms and is built on proprietary technology for search, play, recommendation and personalization. Neal is a Founding Partner at [212]MEDIA which builds consumer media ventures in fragmented markets alongside major media companies. In addition to Saavn, Neal co-founded each of the [212]MEDIA portfolio companies. [212]MEDIA and its ventures have been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, TIME, Variety, MSNBC and CNN for their innovative approach to building industry-leading ventures.

Sally Wang, CEO and co-founder of DocFlight. Sally (Yuanheng) Wang is a health tech entrepreneur and multidisciplinary IP & Regulatory lawyer, with an interdisciplinary career in healthcare that spans law, policy, business, science & technology. She is the CEO & Co-founder of DocFlight, an international telemedicine startup connecting Chinese patients with top US doctors. DocFlight is incubated at top the NY incubator, ERA, in a class of 11 companies selected from over 1000 companies. DocFlight is a partner of Microsoft, IBM, and Mt. Sinai Hospital, and various Chinese hospitals and healthcare institutions, and received high praises from many tech leaders, including former head of Google China, Kai-fu Lee, and YCombinator founder, Jessica Livington. Previously, she was Chief Strategy Officer, EVP of IP & Regulatory at a mobile health startup, valued at $100 million. She clerked for a Southern District of New York judge, practiced at a premier IP boutique, worked on healthcare issues of national importance at the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee and the US Food and Drug Administration. Sally began her career as a business management consultant for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Sally received a joint JD/MPH from Harvard Law School/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and A.B. in Biology, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.

Richard Liang, CEO and founder of Preo. Preo founder and CEO Richard Liang is a native New Yorker who was raised in Brooklyn and started developing businesses at age 14. After graduating from Stuyvesant High School, Richard studied mathematics and finance at the University of Michigan. After graduation, he landed a position at an investment banking firm before moving to investing with a private equity firm. The world of banking and finance offered security but little inspiration, prompting Richard to attend Columbia Business School. It was here that he developed his passion for businesses, and it was at an innovation event that he was inspired to develop Preo.

Shawn Cheng, Principal at Vayner/RSE, Venture Capital. Shawn Cheng is a Principal at Vayner/RSE, Gary Vaynerchuk’s venture capital firm. Vayner’s focuses early stage investments for startups in need of strategic guidance in marketing and storytelling. Prior to joining he worked in Digital Strategy, Digital Advertising, Social Media and Search at BBDO, Razorfish and VaynerMedia for 10 years. He has also been working with startups for over 5 years and helped to build dozens of brands such as, Mondelez, GE, Starwood Hotels and Victoria’s Secret. Originally from California, he now lives in Brooklyn and is currently interested in virtual reality, esports and silver tech.

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Thank You for making our Lunar New Year festivities a tremendous success! We were excited by the overwhelming response. Over 700 of you came together to make this one of our biggest celebrations ever! Please take a moment to fill out our post event feedback and membership survey here. Your feedback is very important to us. Your responses will help us deliver a better membership experience.

Check out more pictures from the LNY event on our Facebook page here



02/24/2016 Lunar New Year Celebration



with JPMorganChase, Morgan Stanley & Verizon

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 6:30 – 10:00pm
Jing Fong Restaurant
20 Elizabeth St. New York, NY 10013

We have confirmed 400 attendees.
Only a week left to join the fun!
Hurry up and get your early bird tickets, which end on Wednesday, February 17, 11:59PM!

In celebration of the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Monkey, NAAAP-NY is excited to host an evening of cultural celebrations, festivities and networking with the Asian-American affinity groups of JPMorganChase, Morgan Stanley, andVerizon! We are expecting a huge turnout, so be there to take part in this fabulous evening of food and fun!

Highlights of the evening include:

  • 9 course dinner banquet
  • Lion dance, ribbon dancers, networking games, a private DJ and much more!
  • Panel consists of executives from JPMorganChase, Morgan Stanley and Verizon (stay tuned for bios)
  • Network with executives and like-mind professionals from various industries
  • 500+ attendees
  • Cash bar

Early bird price: Members – $40

Early bird price: Non-members – $50 (early bird ends on Wednesday, 2/17)


Regular price: Members – $45

Regular price: Non-members – $55


*Become a NAAAP-NY Member today!
Only $25 for early sign-ups.
Get $10 off with code: NAAAPLNY2016 (Reg. $35). Sign up here



We expect a sold out event, so hurry and get your ticket before it’s gone!

We look forward to ringing in the Year of the Monkey with the NAAAP community!

To view photos from our 2015 Lunar New Year Celebration, click here.

2015 Board Election


Nominations are in!

This year, there are five (5) exceptional nominees for four (4) open seats on the NAAAP-NY Board of Directors for 2015.  The Board of Directors helps advise and oversee the activities of the Executive Team by providing guidance and strategic initiatives.

All members should participate in this important election.  As a member, you hold an important role in helping to steer the organization and you are eligible to vote for up to four (4) candidates.  Your vote gives you a voice!

Polls close on January 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.  You may also submit your vote by email to Anna Wong.

Enter your vote here!


*The Board of Director position is a 2-year commitment.

NAAAP-NY Future Leaders Scholarship Fund Recipients

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(Left to Right): Elizabeth Yim, Glenn Yu, Tangirul Islam

NAAAP-NY is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 NAAAP-NY Future Leaders Scholarship Fund. We received in excess of 45 applications and can truly say that it was a very difficult decision to narrow down all the excellent candidates to the final 3 winners. Applicants were evaluated on their leadership and academic performance through community involvement, extracurricular activities, critical thinking skills, and financial need.

In addition to meeting and exceeding these criteria, the scholarship committee also looked for the passion and drive that a candidate has to one day share their expanded leadership skills with the NAAAP community and the community at large.

The scholarship recipients are as follows:
Elizabeth Yim, Hunter College High School
Glenn Yu, Hunter College High School
Tangirul Islam, Bronx Science

Each award recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship for use towards college expenses.  In addition to the monetary award, NAAAP-NY is offering scholars subsequent mentoring and career advisory services to build true leaders for our community.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to every student who submitted an entry.

Below are bios on each of our scholarship winners.

Elizabeth Yim

What is your favorite color? Turquoise
What is your favorite music genre? Pop, R&B, Rap
What is your favorite activity? Golf & photography

Personal Story:
After attending PS18 and MS67, I attended Hunter College High School from 7th to 12th grade. As a high school student, I became very involved in my school and community. As one of the members of my school’s first Girls’ Varsity Golf Team, I was incredibly honored when I was named captain. As a member of the team, I learned about the importance of teamwork, ambition, hard work, and leadership. Additionally, this experience has boosted my self-confidence and has
allowed myself to challenge myself to be at the forefront of the healthcare and research fields. As an intern at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I have conducted independent research projects on breast cancer and I have learned about the truly collaborative nature of research. At New York Hospital Queens, I have learned about patient care and hospitality as the Volunteer Leader in the emergency department. As a teen health intern at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, I have learned about how to promote messages of healthy living to my peers. All of these experiences have shaped me into the compassionate, analytical, aspiring physician I am today.

What the NAAAP Scholarship Means to Me:
I have always known that I wanted to become a doctor, and with the support from the NAAAP-NY family, I know that I am one step closer to fulfilling my dreams. I know that becoming a physician will not only be emotionally and mentally taxing, but financially as well, and my family and I are so grateful to NAAAP for supporting us by helping to fund my higher education. Winning this scholarship has eased my worries of the financial toll my medical school tuition will take on my parents and has reminded me that there is no limit to what I wish to achieve. I am so honored to become a part of the NAAAP-NY family and cannot wait to become involved in this wonderful community.

Glenn Yu

What is your favorite color? Cardinal Red
What is your favorite music genre? Alternative Rock
What is your favorite activity? Badminton

Personal Story:
I’ve lived in Brooklyn my entire life and went to the local elementary and middle schools, P.S. 176 and I.S. 187, before making the transition to Hunter College High School. I’ve always been an active kind of person, which manifests itself in a few ways. I really enjoy sports and like to be outside whenever I can. I’m pretty willing to try new things for the thrill of it, which has led to many memorable experiences, including watching a friend eat ten hot dogs at 3 AM. Outside of school, I’ve done laboratory research and volunteered at an all-girls charter school. Recently, I’ve taken on an interest in philosophy and I hope to continue studying it alongside the math and sciences in college.

What the NAAAP Scholarship Means to Me:
It means that instead of having to work for pay during the school year, I can seek other ways of contributing and giving back to the community. It gives me a chance to just do what I enjoy and pursue it fully. I’m also looking forward to joining the NAAAP community and hope to help start a collegiate chapter next year.

Tangirul Islam

What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite music genre? Rap
What is your favorite activity? Working Out

Personal Story:
I grew up in Queens. I went to Bronx Science and will be attending New York University. I will be on the premed track with a major in public policy. I want to become a cardiologist because of personal events in my family regarding their health. I’ve been involved in a youth advocacy program called CCC and a member of my school’s speech and debate team.

What the NAAAP Scholarship Means to Me:
The scholarship gives me more than just a check. It provides me with a mentor who can help me with college and who can provide me with a network of opportunities. I believe that the mentorship will truly make a difference in our careers. It also eased a huge burden off my parent’s shoulders regarding tuition. Overall, I’m very excited and honored to be receiving this scholarship and entering this amazing network of professionals.

Congratulations to our newly elected Board Members

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Thanks to all our members who took the time to vote for our new Board Members for 2014.  It’s a pleasure to welcome Richard Ahn, King Chung and Kader Ma to NAAAP-NY’s 2014 Board of Directors!  We are privileged to have such talented additions to our esteemed Board, and together, we look forward to achieving greater accomplishments for 2014!

2014 Board of Directors Voting





NAAAP-NY is looking for passionate, entrepreneurial go-getters to join our Executive Team! Team officers are required to attend monthly meetings, be responsive via email, and are encouraged to attend & help with all the events.


Newsletter & Social Media Content Manager – Monthly newsletter creation, managing Facebook page and website with announcements, upcoming events, past event recaps, and possibly editorial articles. Ideal candidate has blogging/Wordpress/Constant Contact/design experience and is an independent thinker. Excellent written communication and an eye for design is a must.

Secretary- Efficiently manage the operations of NAAAP-NY. Take minutes of Board Meetings, communicate between Board and Executive Team. Follow up on Action Items, calendar, tracking of relevant metrics & documentation. Assist with procurement and event logistics. Ideal candidate is highly organized, able to communicate efficiently and is proactive & task-oriented.

Email if interested in Executive Team positions!


Nominations are open for the 2014 NAAAP-NY Board of Directors (below)!

The Board of Directors helps advise and oversee the activities of the Executive Team by providing guidance and strategic initiatives. The Board meets once a month, and also meets once a quarter with the Executive Team. Additionally, each month NAAAP-NY holds networking and professional development events which board members are encouraged to attend.

Click here to read about the 2013 Board of Directors.



Press Release: NAAAP-NY Moon Festival Honorees 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 20, 2013


Friday, October 25, 2013 at Gotham Hall


Honoring 2013’s Most Influential APIA New Yorkers

To Benefit the NAAAP NY Scholarship Fund


For more information, contact: Judy Lao (


The New York Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (“NAAAP NY”) proudly hosts its 2013 Moon Festival Honoree Gala on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Gotham Hall, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.  Proceeds benefit the 2014 NAAAP NY Scholarship Fund for high school seniors in the New York metropolitan area.

This year’s gala is hosted by NBC’s Richard LuiMr. Richard Lui has been an MSNBC dayside anchor since September 2010.  He has anchored some of the network’s major breaking stories, including the 2011 debt-ceiling debate, the Arab Spring, and the deficit super-committee failure.  His daily reports have included the Tea Party movement, candidates’ social media strategies, and the link of unemployment to electability.

Featuring performance by violinists Anita Chen and Tim Chen, violist Yang Li, and cellist Eddy Kim, NAAAP NY will be honoring New York’s influential Asian-Pacific-Islander-Americans in six categories: Corporate (Finance), Corporate (Law), Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship, Media, and Public Service.

The honorees are as follows:

Corporate (Finance) – Laca Wong-Hammond, Head of Healthcare Real Estate, Raymond James

Ms. Laca Wong-Hammond leads the Raymond James real estate investment banking activities, including single asset and portfolio dispositions, sale/leasebacks, strategic and capital advisory, including debt and equity capital placements. Ms. Hammond joined Morgan Keegan in 2006 with the acquisition of Shattuck Hammond Partners. Prior to joining Shattuck Hammond, Ms. Hammond was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch in the internal Corporate Finance group.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Chen Dance Center, a not-for-profit performing arts school and theatre in lower Manhattan. She is also the Vice Chair of the Buildings Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Medical Office Buildings and Healthcare Facilities Committee.

Corporate (Law) – Alice Young, Special Counsel and Chair, Kaye Scholer

Ms. Alice Young is Special Counsel and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer LLP International Law Firm. She advises multinationals and entrepreneurs on their business activities and investment considerations in the United States and throughout Asia, including complex cross-border transactions and sensitive legal and governmental strategies, and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”).

Ms. Young is listed in Who’s WhoCrain’s “Top 100 Minority Executives” (one of only three corporate lawyers named), by Avenue Asia magazine as one of the five most influential Asian-American corporate lawyers in the United States, and by Harvard Law Bulletin as one of the top 50 women graduates of Harvard Law School. In 1989 she was named by Crain’s as one of the “40 Outstanding Achievers Under 40,” and received the “New York Doers” Award.

Culinary Arts – Jason Wang, Xi’an Famous Foods and Biang!

Xi’an Famous Foods is a Northern Chinese food chain located in New York City which serves over 140,000 diners a year. The restaurant has featured on the Cooking Channel’s Foodography, Kelly Choi‘s Eat Out New York, and on Anthony Bourdain‘s No Reservations.

Mr. Jason Wang (Owner & Chef) came aboard the family business in 2009 and has expanded the chain to five restaurants, in addition to his new sit-down restaurant Biang!. In 2013, Mr. Wang has won two food awards, Zagat’s “30 Under 30: NYC’s Food World Up-And Comers,” and “The Eater Young Guns Class of 2013.” He has also been featured in the New York Times, and

Entrepreneurship – DramaFever Founders: Seung Bak, Suk Park

DramaFever is an online video service that curates premium television shows and movies from 70 major broadcasters and studios throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. Over 6 million monthly viewers discover and enjoy hit shows from the rest of the world on demand with professional subtitles in HD quality on DramaFever’s website as well as its applications on iPhone, iPad, Android, Roku, and Google TV.  Most of DramaFever’s library of 600 titles and 14,000 episodes are made available to viewers on first-run, next day basis from original broadcast. DramaFever also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes

Founded in 2009 by Seung Bak and Suk Park, DramaFever’s mission is to enable consumers to see the world through pop culture and curated entertainment. The company’s investors include AMC Networks, Bertelsmann, MK Capital, NALA Investments, and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen among many others.

Media – LINSANITY Movie Production Team: Christopher Chen, Evan Jackson Leong, Allen Lu, Brian Yang

Linsanity (2013) is a documentary film about the rise of Asian American basketball player Jeremy Lin. The film was directed by Evan Jackson Leong. The film traces Lin’s life from his childhood in Palo Alto, California to his rise to prominence in 2012 with the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It shows him overcoming discouragements and racism and achieving success through his faith and desire. Leong had filmed Lin since he was a star college basketball player at Harvard University and during his early struggles in the NBA. The film is narrated by actor Daniel Dae Kim. Linsanity premiered to a sold-out screening at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2013.

Public Service – Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York

Mr. Preet Bharara was nominated in May 15, 2009 by President Barack Obama to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Bharara’s nomination was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009, and he was sworn in on August 13, 2009.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Bharara oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York, which encompasses New York, Bronx, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties.

Mr. Bharara was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000 and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996.  He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Government in 1990, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 1993, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review.

NAAAP NY will also be honoring its community partners

Asian American Bar Association of New York – Yang Chen, Executive Director

Deloitte – John Kim, Director

Ernst and Young – Sylvia Park, Senior Manager

Macy’s – Michael Chang & Hannah Olpp

Nielsen – Betty Lo, Vice President of Public Affairs

Sight Staffing – Rob Gibbs J.D., President & Lou Mancuso, Recruiter

TAP-NY – Charles Pan & Jacqui Wu, Co-Presidents

Moon Festival Gala 2013 – Press Release