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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Tanya Motta

Director, U.S. DOT Southwest Business Transportation Resource Center - Southwest

Prior to joining the California Asian Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce as Project Director for the United States Department of Transportation Small Business Transportation Resource Center Southwest Region...

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Direct Line: 916-389-7467

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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: 916-389-747

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Glenn Fujii

Director of Business Development

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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Ana Alesna

Executive Assistant

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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Maye Saephanh

Director of Global Initiatives and the Sacramento MBDA Export Center

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

Global Initiatives Project Manager

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

Global Initiatives Program Analyst

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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Bianka Melecio

Executive Assistant/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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Melody Jimenez

CORE Program Intake Coordinator

Melody is a new addition to the SACC as an Intake Coordinator for the Sacramento Grow Green Program. She is excited to work on one of the nation’s first few cannabis equity programs and hopes to help those disproportionally impacted by the War on Drugs. Prior to working at the SACC, she attended the University of California, Berkeley where she obtained a Bachelors in Political Science.

Direct Line: 916-389-7477

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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

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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Cha Xiong

Intake Coordinator

Cha is the new intake coordinator for the SBTRC team for the Sacramento Asian Pacific  Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in Sacramento, she is fluent in both English and Hmong. She hopes to open the bridge in communicating to the Hmong community for their needed help in their small business pursuits. Prior to joining this company, Cha was the hospital coordinator and grossing assistant to Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group. 

Direct Line: 916-389-7489

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