Board of Directors

Ping KhawFounder & Past PresidentPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tracey LamFounder & Past SecretaryPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Christian AnicietePresidentPronouns: He/Him/His

Christian AnicietePresidentPronouns: He/Him/His

Christian Aniciete is a story of firsts: first to build the social media program at Oregon’s largest university; first in his family to graduate with a business degree and give the commencement address; and first social media manager of one of the best airports in America. An accomplished marketing and communications professional, community leader, youth mentor and champion for social justice, Christian brings over a decade of experience in the private and public sectors. Born in Manila, Philippines, Christian emigrated to Hillsboro, Oregon at the age of 10 and was raised in a bi-cultural home. His leadership journey dates back to organizing canned food and voter registration drives, volunteering in the retirement center and working with local city council at a young age. A graduate of Portland State University’s business school, Christian’s deep involvement includes building PSU’s culturally responsive training program, leading organizations like Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association, PSU’s Programming Board and student government.

For his contributions, Christian has been recognized with industry awards including the President’s Diversity Award, “Best In-House Marketing,” and Rising Star in Marketing. Currently, Christian does corporate marketing and communications with the Portland International Airport and the Port of Portland. In addition to his interests of traveling, reading, speaking at conferences, dining, listening to music, networking and spending time with his wife and family, Christian dances with local Michael Jackson Thriller flash mobs and serves as a volunteer for Lakad PDX, American Marketing Association, SEMpdx and Kaibigan alumni advisory board. Christian is passionate about API Forward’s mission because of his commitment to making a positive difference, breaking the bamboo ceiling and paving the way for the next generation of API leaders.

Alaina RobertsonSecretaryPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alaina RobertsonSecretaryPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Alaina is a Vietnamese-American Pacific Northwest native raised in Issaquah, Washington. She is currently the Division President of Taylor Morrison Homes with 16 years of experience in real estate and new home construction. Throughout her life, she has had the opportunity to receive leadership training from various organizations such as the Junior Leagues of Portland and Seattle and through those experiences found a passion for supporting individuals and organizations which are committed to growing our future leaders.

Alaina received her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Management from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University and became a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, where she served as the Vice President of Standards and then the Chapter President. Following graduation in 2008, Alaina focused on student leadership development and mentorship as a Chapter Advisory Board member for the collegiate executive council members of Kappa Delta at WSU, Oregon State University, and the University of Washington. She was awarded the Advisor of the Year Award in 2021 for her work with the Sigma Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta at UW. Now that she is living full-time in the Portland area, Alaina is continuing her commitment to supporting student leadership growth now with a focus on the API community.

Yuhan KinderBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yuhan KinderTreasurerPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yuhan is born and raised in Taiwan. She came to the states after high school in late 1997 as an international student and later decided to start her career here in the US as an immigrant and to call America her new home. She started out in Tacoma, WA, ended her higher education at the city by the bay in California, and lived there till 2013 then moved to Portland, OR. The time she spent in Oregon is when she found her passion in social justice and workplace diversity and inclusion. While she worked for a fortune 50 company here in Portland, she found herself
involved in Employee Recourse Group a lot and later helped launch the Asian Pacific American group in its region as the last one onboard nationwide.

By sharing her story, and her own struggle as an international student in a foreign country and later being a new immigrant, she was hoping to inspire other employees to share and understand different cultures. After she left the company and working for herself in the real estate industry now, she had the opportunity to continue her passion through API Forward hoping to inspire more young API members with leadership skills to bring more diversity into senior leadership at workplaces. If she is not trying out new restaurants or traveling, you may find her debating social justice issues on social media.

David PanTreasurerPronouns: He/Him/His

David PanBoard Member/Past TreasurerPronouns: He/Him/His

David Pan is a marketing and communication specialist by day, and a health and fitness nut and TV series junky by night. He is originally from Taiwan and has a background in multiple industries including education, hospitality, and for-profit and non-profit marketing. He is currently working as the Marketing and Brand Manager of Succession Resource Group.

David received his MA in Communications in 2014 from Wichita State University, and moved to Portland, Oregon and currently resides in Milwaukie. For him, giving back to the community and the world is important. He has participated in hunger awareness initiatives and supports LGBTQ human rights. He joined API Forward to make a difference in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. He believes education and advocacy are essential to improving one’s current status, and serves to create opportunities for the community to continue to grow and prosper.

Wylie WanBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Wylie WanBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Wylie Wan, Ph.D. is a Hong Kong Chinese American who has lived in Hong Kong, Australia, and the United States. She is a first-generation college graduate with degrees in Psychology from UCLA and the University of Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral scholarship in Oregon where she now lives.

Wylie strongly believes that by setting up conditions that work for people, they can make sound decisions that lead to improvement in their personal and professional lives. In her higher education research, she studied the impact of contexts, such as the neighborhood one lives in, the supervisor support received at work, or the social support circle in one’s life, on the health and relationships of individuals and couples. She also provided professional development in K-12 education, where she worked with educator teams and leaders to apply research and data in decision-making processes that create equitable conditions for their students to succeed.

Outside of work, Wylie has been mentoring students for over a decade, particularly students of color and students with an immigrant experience. Her focus is to help them express their complex, multitude identities and elevate their knowledge and experiences into a variety of spaces. As part of the API Forward Board, Wylie hopes to grow education and leadership pathways for Asian and Pacific Islanders and provide opportunities for people to come together as a community.

Leth LuangphasyBoard MemberPronouns: He/Him/His

Leth LuangphasyBoard MemberPronouns: He/Him/His

Leth is first-generation Lao American. He was born in Thailand and immigrated to Portland, Oregon when he was one years old. Leth is very Portland! He graduated from Roosevelt High School, studied at Portland Community College, and earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Portland State University. He also studied abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and is trilingual in Lao and Spanish.

Leth assisted in the launch of the Community Resource Desk which is a partnership with Providence. Later in his career, he became the Program Supervisor at the Resource Access Center which is a partnership with Kaiser. He created the first ever LGBTQ2SIA+ committee while currently working at a local nonprofit for almost 9 years. He enjoys giving back to the community where he grew up in and is so thankful to be part of the API Board. He wants to be an inspiration to the API community and to lead by example. He enjoys advocacy work and believes healing is a key factor for a successful and happier life. Traveling is his passion which he has traveled to over forty-five countries. He loves his two dogs, fashion, meeting new people from diverse cultures and eating delicious food.

Vicki NgBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Vicki NgBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Vicki Ng is a proud Canadian aka “Canasian”. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Vicki owes everything to her single mom who immigrated during the Vietnam War. As a holistic HR leader, Vicki is passionate about driving and cultivating equitable environments. She currently is the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Portland General Electric (PGE) where she leads recruiting for Oregon’s largest electrical utility, a company at the forefront of the clean energy transition. Prior to PGE, Vicki worked at adidas leading global early career talent acquisition and programs, and co-founded adidas’ first Asian employee resource group.

One of the main reasons she joined API Forward is to help others build confidence and break the “bamboo ceiling”. In 2017, Vicki co-founded a local food blog foodbellypdx with her sister where they document their foodie adventures in Portland and beyond. Vicki has lived in Dublin, Shanghai and Nuremberg and would love to live abroad again in the future. She speaks very broken Cantonese, Mandarin and German, and currently lives in Portland with her daughter and husband.

AnnieKris DiegoBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

AnnieKris DiegoBoard MemberPronouns: She/Her/Hers

Born in Bauang La Union, Philippines,  AnnieKris Diego immigrated to Portland, Oregon at the age of 4 with her mother. She spent her early years immersed in dance. As a high school student, she became involved in her local community by establishing an after school dance team program for Kellogg Middle School. There she became a dance coach who created a fun and safe place for the youth in her community. In addition, she volunteered at The Children’s Museum and Portland Impact as a youth mentor. Her leadership roles continued as she became a college student at Portland State University. She helped lead organizations like Kaibigan – Filipino American Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Association, and Steps of Rhythm.

She’s the first in her family to graduate with a Bachelor degree in Human Resource Management at PSU. After college, she worked for the bank and insurance industry, where she developed an expertise in sales, finance/accounting, and underwriting. Currently, she manages her household with two wonderful children as a stay at home mother and serves as a volunteer for the Centennial School District. Her goal in life is to inspire others to give back in any way they can, not because they have to, but because they want to. She hopes to share her knowledge and experiences to help improve the quality of life for the future generation.


Communications: David Pan, Christian Aniciete

Forward Leadership Program: Tracey Lam

Fundraising: Ping Khaw, Yuhan Kinder, AK Diego