Board of Directors
Chairman Emeritus, ABL-SF Board
John Lee has served on the ABL-SF Board of Directors since its founding in 1980 and currently holds the position of Chairman Emeritus. John is a practicing attorney, having spent most of his career as in-house counsel at Wells Fargo, with his last position as Assistant General Counsel before retiring in 2001. From 2002 to the end of 2017, John served as the General Counsel & Secretary for Westlake Realty Group, Inc., a privately-owned real estate company. He received a B.A. from Rice University and a J.D.-M.B.A. from Stanford University. John maintains a passionate interest in music and collects toy trains.
Chairman and President, ABL-SF Board
Victor has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with being a Senior Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco since 2013 and received the Adjunct Professor of the Year Award in 2017. Currently he is the Senior Leader Government Banking Relationship Manager for Bank of the West , covering the SF Bay Area and the 23 foot print states for the Bank. He has held various senior positions amongst major institutions, such as Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, Comerica Bank and First Republic. He also serves on the board of the Asian Business League of San Francisco, The Presidio Dance Academy, 10 Books a Home and in the past The Natural World Museum and Museum of Craft and Design. He graduated with an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University in 2004 and BA in Management and Accounting from Sonoma State University in 1996. He was also a former firefighter for the California Department of Forestry Sonoma County Ranger Unit. Victor loves to travel, cook, read, run and spend time with his wife and 2 daughters.
Vice President, ABL-SF Board
Lina Park currently serves as the Corporate Communications and Development Manager at Asian Health Services. She brings more than 18 years of experience in both communications and development in both the private and public sector. Lina began her career at Edelman Public Relations where she developed and implemented communications strategies to build brand and product awareness. She then moved into the nonprofit sector where she has launched various initiatives to improve branding and engagement, including content development, website redesign, membership program, major gift initiatives, events, capital campaigns, and planned giving program.
Lina holds a B.A. in English from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of San Diego.
She enjoys eating good food throughout the Bay Area and strives to work it off with bootcamp, runs, and yoga. She also doesn’t pass up a good book or a nice glass of wine.
General Counsel, ABL-SF Board
Soyeun Choi has a nineteen-year legal career as a transactional business and intellectual property attorney managing a full complement of services for startup and established businesses, experienced in counseling clients on strategic and tactical issues and their implementation.
With a JD from UCLA, and years of service with various organizations, Soyeun currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. She also has a black belt in Hapkido; is a half, full and ultra-marathon runner; enjoys reading; and encourages everyone to foster rescued dogs.
Treasurer, ABL-SF Board
John Chiang has served on the Board of ABL-SF since 1985 and is the Treasurer. John is a CPA and Financial Executive Consultant, with over 40 years of financial and executive management experience. In addition to his small tax practice, he is a financial consultant for several small businesses. John is also an Ambassador with Nonstop Administration & Insurance Services since 2017, promoting its Nonstop Wellness health insurance product for nonprofit employees – which eliminate all employee out-of-pocket costs, with no change in carriers and premium savings.
John was formerly the CFO of Asian Health Services, a non-profit community health center located in Oakland Chinatown, before retiring at the end of 2016. He has also served as CFO and in senior financial management positions with various financial services companies, including Bank of America and MetLife. John began his professional career as a CPA specializing in the banking, financial services and real estate industries.
John is very active in his community, having served as the Mayor and as a member of the Piedmont City Council for eight years, before he termed out in 2014. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. John received a B.S. degree from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an M.B.A. from UCLA in Finance and Accounting. John enjoys traveling, hiking, various ethnic foods, wines and playing recreational golf
Secretary, ABL-SF Board
Pro-active and collaborative agent of transformation across diverse industries from Big Pharma to Silicon Valley Tech. Victoria is a leader that embodies a growth mindset for strategic vision, dedicated to creating purpose-driven, data-based business solutions to today’s global people and operational challenges.
Victoria is currently the Head of Compensation and Payroll at Hitachi America. She works with multiple non-profits including serving as Director of Compensation at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles. Victoria specializes in M&A, HR (Performance Management, Employment Law, Total Rewards), Big Data Analytics, Corporate Affairs, Management, I/O Psychology, and all things Operations. Victoria has also worked with companies like Tesla and Johnson & Johnson transforming their HR and Stock / Equity programs.
Victoria has an academic background in Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, and a Master's in Human Resources Management.
In her spare time, Victoria likes to adjunct teach, read mystery novels, and dog sit.
Keith is a Founder and Managing Partner of Guardian Insight Group (GIG), a Technology Risk advisory firm dedicated to identifying, assessing, controlling, and mitigating risks associated with doing business with technology companies and vendors such as: third party, financial, blockchain, pricing/cost, cyber, information security, business resiliency, disaster recovery, regulatory and compliance.
Before founding GIG, Keith was the Managing Director/Head of Third-Party Risk Management for the Mitsubishi Financial Group (MUFG) and was responsible for ensuring that the Bank had the proper framework, policies and controls to meet regulatory standards for effective oversight of third parties/vendors.
Keith is also the creator and Host of the “Silicon Valley Insider” Radio show and Podcast on 1220AM KDOW San Francisco. Keith has interviewed C-Level executives from Fortune 100, government officials as well as "unicorns" all in the context of innovation, disruption and the risks associated with doing business to achieve optimal business outcomes.
Keith is an adviser to fortune 1000 companies, accelerators and startups in emerging technology such as fintech, insurtech, healthtech, blockchain, IoT, artifical intelligence, and cyber security. His passion is to be a bridge for companies navigating digital transformation in order to adopt
Previously he held leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, and other technology and financial service companies in Mergers and Acquisitions, Divestitures, Technology and Risk Management. Keith is a frequent speaker, emcee, and moderator.
Garland has been with Wells Fargo for over 5 years and is now a Branch Manager in San Francisco. As an experienced financial professional with a demonstrated history of working in the financial service industry, Garland is always looking to leverage financial knowledge and management skills to help clients financially succeed and build lifelong relationships.
As a SF native, Garland is a product of charitable and impactful non-profit organizations like ABL-SF. Since a young age, it is organizations like these that inspired the importance of giving back to the community that helped foster who he is today.
In his spare time, Garland loves to play basketball at the local YMCA, cook for family and friends, or relax with a good book.
Stephanie Lee is a licensed psychotherapist, dating coach, and community organizer. She is the founder of Miss Hitch Dating Coaching for Asian American Men and Bay Area Relationship Support for Asian Americans. She is currently working on launching a third business dedicated to teaching AAPIs how to overcome toxic invisibility through owning and creating a new Pan Asian American identity. Her community organizing work centers around serving AAPIs with creative spirits who want to make space in their lives to pursue their passions. She hosts monthly parties for AAPIs and their allies to bond over dumplings and creative passion projects.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Stephanie worked as a therapist at the university mental health clinic at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, managed a homeless drop-in center, and taught elementary students at an international school in South Korea. She also worked as a private piano and violin teacher as well as a portrait and wedding photographer.
Stephanie loves a good, smoky single malt scotch, live jazz, and Korean tangs. She enjoys spending her free time relaxing with her husband, going out with friends, and salsa dancing.
Teresa is a CEO of two portfolio companies and partner at US Capital Global (USCG). Teresa is CEO of Real Estate Consortia (REC) which has the patent pending blockchain title token for every piece of real estate in the United States. REC is in the National Association of Realtors REach Accelerator class of 2019. Teresa founded Grobecker Holland International, the first online real estate brokerage in San Francisco, in 2012. In June 2018, Teresa merged GHI into USCG, an investment bank where she also performs investment bank duties.
Teresa is extremely passionate about real estate, fintech, investments and leadership in every form. She has brokered hundreds of transactions for her clients and agents which included traditional, probate, bankruptcy, short sales, and foreclosure situations.
Tong has 25 years of diverse experience as a financial management expert in the public and private sectors,
Tong joined CFOS2GO as a partner in April 2019, after serving various positions in the U.S. Small Business Administration. Most recently she was the deputy director in charge of a small business support in northern California. In this role, she used her deep knowledge of economic development trends, government regulations, and procurement requirements to help northern California businesses with their financial management needs.
She also represented SBA at the White House Asian American Pacific Island (AAPI) initiative under President Obama, and spearheaded SBA’s outreach to AAPI community.
Prior to taking on her deputy director role in northern California, Tong was the Deputy CFO for SBA where she led the CFO staff of 140 federal employees and contractors with an annual budget of $1 billion and a loan portfolio of over $90 billion.
Prior to joining SBA, Tong worked at the private sector as a financial management
executive leading audit and consulting engagements, and assisting technology start-ups from initial launch and fund-raising stages to growth, mergers, acquisition, and exit stages.
With over 15 years of experience in banking, Rod is currently the Vice President of Small Business Banking at Bank of America. He has held previous positions as Vice Presidents at City National Bank and Citibank.
Rod holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the California State University, San Marcos.
He boasts a wealth of experience in the financial services industry and wishes to utilize his credit skills, business development, and relationship management experience to contribute to the community and ABL-SF's mission.
William has been with TriNet for over 5 years as a Sales Consultant focusing on the Main Street vertical in Southern California. Over two years ago, William spearheaded the National Franchise Practice at TriNet. As a strategic role, William has worked with cross-functional internal teams to develop the ideal HR solution for Franchise systems nationwide. William also specializes in designing a streamlined HR solution and standardized HR infrastructure with Multi-Unit Owners and SMBs.
As Co-Lead of the Asian Employee Resource Group at TriNet, his focus is on creating awareness of Asian culture throughout the company nationwide, instilling professional development and bolstering philanthropy.
William is passionate about helping small and medium size businesses (SMBs). Growing up, he recalls his parents and their siblings struggling to achieve the American dream. Today, William empowers SMBs through ecosystem connections and the go giver mentality. SMBs and entrepreneurs are a key part to the US workforce. Activating business solutions and partnerships are essential to building business resiliency.