Team

Project by Project LA Chapter Team Group Photo

President


Eileen Ung

President, LA Chapter

Eileen Ung graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering and is now a Public Finance Analyst at Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi (MUFG). This is Eileen’s third year with PbP, having served on the fundraising team for the past two years. Her dedication to community service is exemplified through her involvement with Ready to Learn, a program that helps students from underserved LAUSD schools prepare for academic success. Eileen previously interned with Asian Pacific Community Fund and continues to contribute in their annual giving circle. As a Riordan MBA Fellow Alumna at UCLA Anderson, she mentors high school and college students from diverse backgrounds in the college application and job recruiting process. Eileen is currently part of the Riordan Leadership Institute, undergoing a year-long curriculum in nonprofit and social sector leadership training.

Directors


Jenelle Yee

Jenelle Yee

Director of CASES
Tiffany Hsu

Tiffany Hsu

Director of Events
Carol Nguyen

Carol Nguyen

Director of Fundraising

Carol currently works as a medical residency coordinator at UCLA and is excited to return to PbP for her second year on the fundraising team. What she enjoys about volunteering for PbP is the opportunity to work with other motivated young professionals to impact the community in a positive way. Originally from the Midwest, Carol graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in biology, society, and environment. In her free time, Carol enjoys exploring new hiking trails and reading non-fiction books.

Lisa Xu

Lisa Xu

Director of Marketing
Wilson Kin

Wilson Kin

Director of Operations

Wilson has been an Orange County local ever since he attended the University of California, Irvine. This is his third year with Project by Project. He is always open to trying different cuisines; although growing up with Chinese & Taiwanese food means they’ll always be childhood favorites. Wilson also enjoys dabbling in photography. You can usually spot him with a retro looking Fujifilm camera during his weekend outings.

Michelle Li

Michelle Li

Director of Outreach
Michelle is excited to be back at Project by Project LA this year, as Director of the Outreach team! This will be Michelle’s 5th year at Project by Project LA, and she feels great connecting with all the current and new members of PbP.
Michelle currently works at the Center for the Pacific Asian Family as the Development Coordinator, having recently transitioned from the role of the hotline counselor. Michelle studied Biological Psychology and Health Behavior Research, at the Pennsylvania State University and Claremont Graduate University respectively.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys going out with friends, watching movies, and exploring new places.
Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee

Director of Volunteer Management

Managers


Ruben Rodriguez

Ruben Rodriguez

Manager of CASES Campaign Partner Project Team

This is Ruben’s second year with Project by Project as he transitioned from Operations to become the Project Manager for the CASES Campaign Partner. Ruben graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in Sports Management. From his upbringing in a tight-knit Catholic family, Ruben had always wanted to serve the community and became involved in service projects during his high school years. Aside from his current accounting job in retail, he occasionally volunteers for LA on Cloud9, a nonprofit volunteer-run organization focusing on helping out the homeless and their pets. He also serves as a board member for Ole LA: The UCSB Young Alumni Group of Los Angeles. During his free time, Ruben watches countless baseball games on TV and at a stadium but is still agonizing over last year’s World Series Game 7 crushing loss for the Dodgers against the Astros. To cope with the heartbreak, at least Ruben’s two favorite condiments, sriracha and guacamole, still exist in the world.

Adrian Wong

Adrian Wong

Manager of Beverage and Winery Relations
Kevin Hsu

Kevin Hsu

Manager of Restaurant Relations

Despite being raised on a steady diet of fast food and questionable Chinese during his younger years in Orange County, Kevin still managed to develop an appreciation for all things gastronomic. After shedding his culinarily-sheltered childhood during his tenure at Cal, he quickly began devouring all that he could get his paws on, and, after a life-changing meal at Alinea in Chicago, started kevinEats as a way to document and share his eating adventures. Today, his blog is one of the most widely read, and reviled, restaurant blogs in the Southland.

To fund his foodist tendencies, Kevin currently works in engineering, but previously dabbled in investment banking before discovering that the 100-hour work weeks were not conducive to dining out regularly. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, having received his degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science in 2003. A glutton for punishment, he also completed an MS in Astronautical Engineering in 2006, as well as an MBA in 2009, both at USC.

Kevin began his relationship with Project by Project eight years ago, when he was invited to provide coverage of the 2010 Plate by Plate event at the California Science Center. After liking what he saw of the group, he expanded his function to an external consultant for the organization, and played a critical role in securing participants for the 2011 tasting benefit. In 2012, he started heading up the Restaurant Relations team, and hopes to make 2018 the best Plate by Plate yet!

Lilian Hwang

Lilian Hwang

Manager of Event Production
Anny Chien

Anny Chien

Manager of Auction Donations
Peter Yun

Peter Yun

Manager of Corporate Relations
Calvin Kwan

Calvin Kwan

Manager of Communications & Multimedia
Martin Kwok

Martin Kwok

Manager of Publicity & Promotions
Tina Duong

Tina Duong

Manager of Design Production

This is Tina’s second year in PbP. She is excited to combine her love of design and technology into her work on the marketing team. Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Tina spends a lot of time exploring California. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Management Information Systems and moved back to LA to pursue a career in technology. On her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, museums, and taking Zumba classes.

Kelly Kwan

Kelly Kwan

Manager of Information Technology
Kevin Sillona

Kevin Sillona

Manager of Past Partner Relations

This is Kevin’s second year as part of Project by Project. He currently works as an Associate at a major multinational financial institution in Downtown Los Angeles. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his family, hug his dog, and exercise. He considers himself an avid reader, and also an aspiring jazz musician.

Winnie Fong

Winnie Fong

Manager of Public Outreach

Winnie joined PbP in 2017 and now serve as the Public Outreach Manager in charge of planning PbP’s Non-Profit Speaker Series. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Winnie moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at USC. She currently works in Los Angeles as an urban planner with a mission to build healthy, thriving, and inclusive communities. In her free time, she trains her dog in advance-level agility courses.

Fuong Huynh

Fuong Huynh

Manager of Leadership Development

This is Fuong’s second year with Project by Project. Fuong received her Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s at California State University, Northridge. Fuong works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles doing Performance and Quality Improvement.

Fuong enjoys arts and crafts, the outdoors and spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.

Kent Chen

Kent Chen

Manager of Team Development

Kent Chen is in his second year with PbP-LA and a part of the Volunteer Management Team. Kent enjoys an active lifestyle and enjoy hobbies such as running marathons, hiking peaks, traveling, and cycling. Kent is a transportation enthusiast and is known to possess an “encyclopedic sports data brain”. Originally from a L.A. County suburb, Kent graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and a Minor in City and Regional Planning. He is currently a Business Analyst at Sempra Energy.

Tram Tran

Tram Tran

Manager of CASES Summer Project Team & Events Team Member

Steering Committee


Angela Law

Angela Law

Events & CASES Team Member
Eric Jung

Eric Jung

Events Team Member

Eric was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New England region as a 1.5 generation Asian American immigrant. He received bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College and went on to pursue his career in e-commerce industry in Tokyo, Japan for few years.

Upon receiving master’s degree in Business Analytics at USC Marshall School of Business, Eric
Currently works at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Digital as a Product Growth Manager, utilizing data to drive insights in digitalizing guests’ experience at Disney’s theme parks across the world.

This is Eric’s first year as part of PbP’s steering committee. In his free time, Eric enjoys long distance running, tennis, and traveling.

Gina Peng

Gina Peng

Events Team Member

Gina Peng is a member of the Events Team in PbP – LA. Previously, she worked on the Events Team. She is very excited about working with this year’s theme, Immigration, as it is a cause near and dear to her heart. She currently works in higher education, and has previously worked in education, public interest law, and on political campaigns . She loves to travel, and is working on becoming a true globetrotter 🙂 Some favorite places she has been so far include Thailand, Tibet, Denmark, and New Zealand. She also loves dance, reading, movies, and food – she is definitely a foodie! She hopes to develop her professional skills while making a difference in the community with PbP.

Hugo Banh

Hugo Banh

Events Team Member

Hugo is a new member at Project by Project. He graduated in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. Currently he is employed at Northrop Grumman Corporation in El Segundo/Redondo Beach. On his free time Hugo enjoys indoor rock climbing, playing video games, and going on hikes.

Lisa Inouye

Lisa Inouye

Events Team Member & CASES Team Member

Lisa grew up in Hawaii and later majored in Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. She then obtained her law degree from Arizona State University. Currently, she works as a workers’ compensation defense attorney for The Hartford. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, traveling, and playing board games with friends. She is a major foodie and hopes to obtain her black belt in taekwondo.

Tiffany Tai

Tiffany Tai

Events Team Member
Derek Quach

Derek Quach

Fundraising Team Member
Jeffery Chiang

Jeffery Chiang

Fundraising Team Member

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and went to the University of California, Irvine where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and Master’s degree in Accounting. In the past I was a senior accountant at MIND Research Institute, a software & research non-profit, and I currently work in public accounting where I provide tax services.

In my free time I enjoy hitting the gym, grappling, indoor rock climbing, and trying out new restaurants.

Kevin Ung

Kevin Ung

Fundraising Team Member

Kevin is a returning member of Project by Project’s Fundraising Team. He is a recent graduate from Cornell University and is now working as a mechanical engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Manhattan Beach. Kevin enjoys watching a wide variety of T.V. shows like Suits and Game of Thrones while also religiously following his favorite sports teams (Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Lakers). In his free time, Kevin enjoys rock climbing and taking his dogs out on long walks.

Sherry Wu

Sherry Wu

Fundraising Team Member

My name is Sherry Wu. I am originally from China. I spent 7 years in Australia (mainly in Melbourne and Sydney) before I moving to the States three years ago.I spent one and half years in East Coast, doing a degree at Cornell in Financial Engineering. I moved to LA a year ago for a job, and this is the first time I’ve been to California in my life. I absolutely love it here, the weather, the food and people, now I joined PBP, I believe I will have another reason to love this place!

Claire Yu

Claire Yu

Marketing Team Member

Claire Yu is the founder of Elliot Claire, a bridal and evening wear company in London.  She received her M.A. in Management for Creative Arts from University of Arts, London before launching the Elliot Claire brand.  After spending many years in London, Claire returned to her favorite city, sunny Los Angeles in September 2017.  Claire likes to hike and has a passion for Jazz music. She currently resides in Pasadena.

Johnny Au Yeung

Johnny Au Yeung

Marketing Team Member

Originally from Hong Kong, I ended up going to UC Irvine for my undergraduate and graduate school for English and Economics. I had a brief stint working in Hong Kong in marketing for a wine distributor and considered going to culinary school for awhile. I recently moved back after working in San Francisco and I am now in Audit/Mergers& Acquisitions. My hobbies include fixing up my Miata, working on my cookbook, an avid podcast listener, and a die hard Lakers and Dodgers fan. I don’t like raw celery.

Michael Tran

Michael Tran

Marketing Team Member

Michael is a Senior Business Process Improvement Manager at Health Net, where he works on enhancing population based healthcare services. Michael is also a board member of Viet Nam Medical Assistance Program, a community-based health non-profit focused on hepatitis-b awareness and prevention. Originally from North Carolina, Michael is a huge Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets fan. When he’s not working or rooting for his home teams, Michael is learning more about design thinking and blockchain. Michael also served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Kyrgyzstan.

Zuma Khan

Zuma Khan

Marketing Team Member

Hello my name is Zuma Khan. I am a Pakistani-American currently residing in Los Angeles, California. My hometown is Sacramento and moved to the LA area in 2015. I am currently a student majoring in Business and Marketing. In my free time I like to discover new places such as food, adventures, and trying out new hobbies. I have lived in 3 different countries; United States, Pakistan, and South Africa. Traveling and living in different countries was a good experience because I got to learn about different cultures including my own. I hope to be a part of this amazing club as well as grow from it for my future.

Dave Le

Dave Le

Operations Team Member
Stefanie Cheng

Stefanie Cheng

Operations Team Member
Ver Andrew Starr

Ver Andrew Starr

Operations Team Member & CASES Team Member

I grew up in a small town called Oak Harbor in Washington where I spent most of my time at the beach. After high school I moved down to Austin, TX to attend school at the University of Texas and studied Computer Science. After working a couple years in Austin as a Software Engineer at General Motors, I moved to Los Angeles to work for a cloud company in Santa Monica named Cornerstone OnDemand.

In my free time you can catch me learning something new in technology whether it is programming, building a microcomputer, or reading about future innovations. I also like playing videogames!

David Kun

David Kun

Outreach Team Member
Hoang To

Hoang To

Outreach & CASES Team Member

Born and raised in Vietnam, Hoang immigrated to California at a young age with his family and has not leave ever since. He currently serves as an Associate at KPMG LLP, where he helps clients in purchase price allocation related to post Mergers & Acquisitions. Outside of work, Hoang is active in giving back to the community. Currently, he is a council member on the Young Alumni Council of University of Southern California Asian Pacific Alumni Association (USC APAA), where he engages with the young professionals within the Trojan family in Los Angeles. Additional, he is on the Professional Outreach committee for Asian Pacific American Friend of Theater (APAFT), sharing his love and advocating for theater as a performing art medium with others. Last but not least, as a steering Committee for Project by Project, a API nonprofit that focuses on building the next API leaders in the non-profit space, Hoang seeks to learn more about issues specifically to the API community –  a knowledge gap he is trying to fill as a first generation Vietnamese American.

John Tung

John Tung

Outreach Team Member
Randy Le

Randy Le

Outreach & CASES Team Member

I was born and raised in SoCal, went to school at Cal, and have moved back after graduation. I’d like to consider myself an athlete and a thrill seeker. In my free time, I volunteer and rock climb.

Sandra Nguyen

Sandra Nguyen

Volunteer Management Team Member

“Sandra is a California native — born and raised in Sacramento while spending the last decade in sunny Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA, she started working in Communications and HR. In her spare time, she loves exploring new places, learning to cook new dishes and binging on lots and lots of TV.

Coming from a family of immigrants, this year’s theme hits close to home, and through Project by Project, she hopes to make a positive impact on her community by raising awareness around immigration issues and taking action to help families in need.”

Tina Lee

Tina Lee

Volunteer Management Team Member

Tina S. Lee is an Organizational Change Strategist who partners with Senior Executives, CEOs, Entrepreneurs to lay the foundation and transform the culture of their organizations. After spending more than a decade in organizations of different sizes, Tina believes organizations have become the platform where personal identity is formed, molded, developed, and matured. Everyone, regardless of title or rank, has the capability to influence positive changes in this world. It can only start by being self-aware and consciously choosing to do the right thing every single time. This journey even-though hard, is well worth its weight in the impact it creates.

Tina currently works at MLC Associates Inc. a consulting firm based out of Orange County with Industry recognition for its core service of Business Continuity. Tina holds a Masters in Management focused on Organizational Strategic Change from Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.

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