OUR TEAM

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Pat Fong Kushida

President & CEO

Pat is the President/CEO of the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce (SACC) serving in this capacity since 1998, and President/CEO of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce formed in 2010...

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Direct Line: 916-389-7460

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Frank Louie

COO

Frank Louie brings a very diverse business background to the chamber’s management team. He led a very successful 22-year career in management leadership positions in sales and operations for Xerox Corporation. Most ...

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Direct Line: 916-389-7461

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Ryan Fong

Director of Finance

Ryan currently serves as the Director of Finance of the SACC. He joined the organization in October 2012 as an administrative intern before being brought on as the Administration Manager...

 

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Direct Line: 916-389-7465

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David Nelson

Director of Public Policy

With over 20 years of experience in government relations, David Nelson joins the team at as the Chamber's new Director of Public Policy. David got his start working for Assemblyman Anthony Pescetti in 1998, and most recently worked for the State Board of Equalization and the California Department of Tax & Fee Administration, both in external relations capacities. David left the State a year ago, starting his own consulting firm “Capitol Regions Consulting”, where he has also been the Statewide Liaison for the CA Small Business Development Centers (CA SBDC). David brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience to the Public Policy team and oversees both the in-house staff as well as the consultants contracted by the Chamber to assist in policy and political engagement.

Direct Line: 916-389-7475

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Lauren Oto

Vice President, Communications & Membership

Coming soon.

Direct Line: 916-389-7474

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Glenn Fujii

CARES Act Project Director

Glenn Fujii brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber’s management team. Glenn is passionate about helping build and support businesses in the Asian and small business communities. He possesses over 30 years of experience with Executive Leadership, managing operations, sales, marketing, finance and fund-raising ranging from corporate and non-profit organizations.Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce, Glenn worked for Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) as the National Executive Director, responsible for the national operations and chapter organizations, and corporately, successfully leading and managing the sales, administration, marketing and operations teams.

Direct Line: 916-389-7486

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Gilbert Lara

CARES Act Project Manager

Gilbert Lara is the CARES Act Program Manager for the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the chamber, he worked for Olson Hagel & Fishburn where he provided day-to-day financial guidance and oversight for campaign committees and non-profits throughout California. His professional experience also includes the California legislature and other statewide offices. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. On his spare time he enjoys to travel, surf and spend time with friends and family. 

Direct Line: 916-389-7469

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Ana Alesna

Executive Assistant to the COO

Ana Alesna is bilingual in Tagalog and English. Prior to the chamber, she spent five years with AT&T where she worked closely with small business accounts, corporate accounts, and government accounts and held multiple positions such as, Business Receivables Specialist, Single Point of Contact, and Teleconference Specialist. 

Direct Line: 916-389-7468

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Wesley Brown

CORE Program Intake Coordinator

Coming Soon

Direct Line: 916-389-7462

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Myles Saunders

CORE Program Intake Coordinator

Myles first joined the chamber in August 2020 as an Intake Coordinator for the C.O.R.E. Program. Prior to joining the chamber, he was a Communications and Marketing intern for Sacramento County Airport System . He also graduated Sacramento State with a degree in Communications and a minor in Marketing. 

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Maye Saephanh

Director of Global Initiatives

Maye joins the Chamber as the Director of Global Initiatives and the Sacramento MBDA Export Center. She brings over a decade of experience in implementing programs for government and international development agencies in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. She has worked for organizations like World Vision, Food for the Hungry, and the U.S. Agency for International Development in support of developing communities. One of her career highlights include working with U.S. federal agencies to launch the first international trade export out of Kandahar, Afghanistan in 30 years since the onset of conflict.

Direct Line: 916-389-7479

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Cassie Fortes

Program Development Officer

Cassie is the Global Initiatives Project Manager for CalAsian Chamber of Commerce. She first joined the chamber in November 2018 as the Global Initiatives Export Specialist before assuming her current positon. Cassie graduated in May 2018 from San Francisco State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was the Marketing Specialist for San Francisco State University, College of Business, supporting marketing efforts for Graduate Business Programs and Executive Education events.

Direct Line: 916-389-7485

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Mariana Guevara

International Business Development Specialist

Mariana Guevara joined the Global Initiatives team as a Business Development Intern, she now works as a Program Analyst under the MBDA Export Center.

 

Prior to joining the CAPCC Global Initiatives team, Mariana interned at U.S. Commercial Service's international office in Mexico City helping increase U.S. exports to Mexico as part of the U.S. Embassy's mission. Preceding the embassy, she interned alongside the Sacramento U.S. Commercial Service director assisting small and medium sized companies with coordinating market research to counseling foreign buyers seeking U.S. sources of products and services. 

Direct Line: 916-389-7483

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Sonia Duenas

Program Development Officer

As a Program Development Officer with the Sacramento MBDA Export Center, Sonia develops project activities, initiatives, and partnerships with organizations and subject matter experts to help Minority Business Enterprises succeed in both trade, and exports to foreign markets. Prior to joining the Asian Chamber's Global Initiative team, Sonia worked at Valley Vision, a civic leadership organization headquartered in Sacramento, where she concentrated on projects that advanced the 21st Century Workforce, and Leadership & Civic Engagement portfolios. Preceding Valley Vision, Sonia held a leadership position in Sales and Operations, with Coach, where she developed skills in management, client relationships, and sales cycles.

Direct Line: 916-389-7480

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Alyssa Huckinson

Program Development Officer

Alyssa joins the Small Business Transportation Resource Center Southwest Region as the Program Development Officer. She is a dedicated professional with 10+ years experience in community development and project management. She specializes in maximizing company engagement through varies stakeholders and cross-functional teams. Career highlights include working with The City of Sacramento Front Street Animal Shelter to established a balanced mix of donor sources and fundraising programs to attract and retain donors and fundraising volunteers.

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Frank Fernandez

International Business Development Specialist

Frank first joined the chamber in November 2019 as a Program Analyst before assuming his current role. Prior to joining the chamber, he was an intern for the Fresno MBDA Business Center providing administrative and technical assistance to small and medium-sized businesses.

Direct Line: 916.389.7487

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Elizabeth Merced

 Intake Coordinator for Domestic Programs

Prior to joining the chamber, Elizabeth worked at Maxim Healthcare Services, a leading healthcare provider, as a Field Support Associate for the Respite Department. Preceding Maxim, Elizabeth became a lead Student Account Assistant for the Student Financial Services Dept. at Fresno Pacific University, where she developed her administrative and customer service skills. Elizabeth Merced, a proud Fresnan, now joins the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce as an Intake Coordinator for Global Initiatives.

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Bianka Melecio

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO/Board Liason

Bianka is the Executive Assistant, Board Liaison and Corporate Benefits Manager for the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

Direct Line: 916-389-7466

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Brandon Lewis

CORE Program Manager

Brandon Lewis joined the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce in April of 2019 as a project manager for the CORE program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Business Management. Previously he worked for the state government for three years implementing and managing numerous tax and assistance programs, mainly on special projects, collections, accounting and working directly with the public. Brandon is very well equipped in managing programs using his analytical and technical skills. Prior to attending graduate school he worked for one of the top local land use law firms as a clerk where he assisted the attorneys with research, presentations, exhibits and fundraisers.

Direct Line: 916-389-7473

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Matt Sumida

Marketing and Community Relations Manager

Matt Sumida is the Marketing and Community Relations Manager for the SACC. Prior to Matt joining the chamber in 2019, he worked as Senior Brand Manager at 3fold Communications, a full-service marketing agency based in Sacramento, where he developed marketing strategies and campaigns for companies in the higher education, nonprofit, and public sectors. Previous, Matt worked at the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce leading marketing and events efforts, as well as developing and implementing workforce development programs.

Direct Line: 916-389-7472

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Vivian Wong

Member Relations & Outreach Coordinator

Prior to working at the SACC in July 2018 as the Membership Retention Coordinator Intern, Vivian has now officially joined the SACC staff as a Member Relations Coordinator. She graduated Sacramento State with a business degree in International Business and minored in Marketing. 

Direct Line: 916-389-7466

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Janice Garcia

Digital Marketing & Events Coordinator

Janice has an incredible pride in both her Sacramento and API communities and finds joy in empowering both. Before joining the chamber, she lended her administrative and coordination talents to local businesses by connecting them and collaborating on events. She looks forward to using this experience to benefit her community.

Direct Line: 916-389-7482

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Dryden Nagtalon

Graphic Designer

Dryden is a graphic designer for the Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce. He thrives to look for opportunities that will help him grow, learn, and succeed in his career. When he gets the chance, he loves to illustrate, travel, and create memories with family and friends. Dryden seeks to enhance his skills in graphic design and possibly look into being a concept artist for animation studios.

Direct Line: 916-389-7487

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Rob Fong

SACC Consultant

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Rob Fong is a third generation Sacramentan.  He is married and has 2 children. Mr. Fong earned a degree in political science with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from U.C. Berkeley in 1981. He graduated from the U.C. Davis King Hall School of law in 1984, and practiced civil litigation and business law until 2009 with the law firm of Ryan & Fong.  In 2009, Mr. Fong started RKF Consulting, his own lobbying and consulting firm.

 

Mr. Fong was elected to the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Trustees in 1998 and served as Board President from 2003 through April 2004. In March 2004, he was elected to the Sacramento City Council.  In 2006, he was elected to the position of Vice Mayor. Mr. Fong was re-elected to serve a second term on the City Council in June 2008 until December 2012.

 

Mr. Fong retired from politics in December 2012 after 14 years of public service and returned to the private sector where he provides legal, lobbying and consulting services to a select clientele.

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Bill Mueller

SACC Consultant

Partner, Integrated Communications Strategies, LLC

A seasoned public affairs and communications consultant specializing in strategic planning, meeting facilitation and consensus building, Bill applies his knowledge to help businesses, universities and colleges , foundations and nonprofit organizations improve their performance, anticipate and adapt to changes and provide services that advance their missions.

Before joining the firm as a partner, Bill served as CEO of Valley Vision, one of California’s most respected triple bottom-line nonprofits established to help private and public sector clients deliver breakthroughs for the communities they serve. Bill doubled the organization’s budget, recruited a high performing team and worked closely with a 30-member C-level board of directors. He also directed dozens of region-wide initiatives focused on job and business growth, improved healthcare access, and social and environmental service improvements. During his 15 year tenure at Valley Vision, Bill served as the chairman of the California Stewardship Network and co-chair of the California Economic Summit.

Bill is well versed on federal, state and local policy issues. In the early 2000s, he managed corporate social responsibility issues as the Public Affairs and Global Business Manager for Intel Corporation. In this role, he was responsible for crisis preparation, planning and response for several business lines, including the Intel corporate jet service. Prior to this, Bill served as a policy advisor and field representative for state and federal lawmakers, and was later hired by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to serve as Vice President of Public Policy and Programs, where he worked as a legislative advocate, organized political action activities and helped pass ballot measures. 

Bill graduated from California State University, Sacramento, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Communication Studies. He has won numerous awards, including the Peter McCuen Award for Civic Entrepreneurs (2019), CSU Sacramento’s Distinguished Alumni award (2018), the Sacramento Urban League’s Unity Award (2011), and three Division Recognition Awards while at Intel (2000-2005).

Bill is a senior fellow of the Mt. Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum and currently serves on the boards of the California Asian Chamber of Commerce and Breathe California Sacramento Region.

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Scott Rogalski

SACC Consultant

Director, NorCal SBDC Finance Center

Scott Rogalski has 15 years of banking/lending experience, with commercial lending being his focus for the last 8 years. He is certified through Hipereon Commercial Lending School out of Washington that has taught him how to put value behind a business, discover cash determinants that will help a business grow as well evaluate risk by looking for signs of a failing business.

Majority of his banking career was spent in branch management, small business banking coaching, training, business development and community involvement. He is well versed in all areas of lending across several different funding options outside of traditional bank financing and can easily assess the needs of capital infusion for any business type.

Scott is excellent at quickly obtaining the necessary information to create a financial picture for his clients that can be used by their banker, CPA, and financial advisor. He has s clear understanding of the underwriting guidelines for traditional bank lending and knows how to create alternative ways to structure the loan packages to ensure proper debt servicing. Another one of his expertise is being able to identify uncommon collateral needed to make a loan less risky and secure funding. He gets excited when his clients are turned down from their banker, because it creates a challenge for him to find a solution. Scott has to often squash any myth that SBA has declined a loan request, as the decision for SBA to approve a loan comes from the specific lender doing the loan and not decisioned by SBA. He enjoys presenting information for workshops with the title, ‘What the Lenders Don’t Tell You’.

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Tracey Schaal

SACC Consultant

Principal, Intrépide Enterprises

Tracey Schaal is Principal of Intrépide Enterprises, an economic development and community relations strategy firm based in Northern CA.

 

With over 20 years’ experience in economic development, marketing, and non-profit leadership, Schaal has been involved in national and international business recruitment and retention efforts for the greater Sacramento Region, has served as a founding member of TeamCA, the state’s non-profit marketing organization, and has led several organizations through transformative growth and development.

 

Most recently, Schaal served as the Executive Director of Power Inn Alliance, a property-based improvement district, a manufacturing corridor in the southeastern quadrant of the City of Sacramento. While here, she launched several marquee initiatives to change how people view industrial corridors.

 

Known for her dynamic and visionary approach, Schaal strives to create collaborative pathways to better our community through job creation, company retention and proactive public relations and marketing campaigns. Her passion is to create catalytic strategies which result in actionable outcomes and metrics to ensure significant impact for the organizations and communities she engages with.

 

A native of Ohio, Schaal received her B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

 

She lives in Carmichael with her family.

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