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.
Jenelle YeeDirector of CASES
Tiffany HsuDirector of Events
Carol NguyenDirector of Fundraising
Lisa XuDirector of Marketing
Wilson KinDirector of Operations
Michelle LiDirector of Outreach
Cindy LeeDirector of Volunteer Management
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.
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.
Ruben RodriguezManager of CASES Campaign Partner Project Team
Adrian WongManager of Beverage and Winery Relations
Kevin HsuManager of Restaurant Relations
Lilian HwangManager of Event Production
Anny ChienManager of Auction Donations
Peter YunManager of Corporate Relations
Calvin KwanManager of Communications & Multimedia
Martin KwokManager of Publicity & Promotions
Tina DuongManager of Design Production
Kelly KwanManager of Information Technology
Kevin SillonaManager of Past Partner Relations
Winnie FongManager of Public Outreach
Fuong HuynhManager of Leadership Development
Kent ChenManager of Team Development
Tram TranManager of CASES Summer Project Team & Events Team Member
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Angela LawEvents & CASES Team Member
Eric JungEvents Team Member
Gina PengEvents Team Member
Hugo BanhEvents Team Member
Lisa InouyeEvents Team Member & CASES Team Member
Tiffany TaiEvents Team Member
Derek QuachFundraising Team Member
Jeffery ChiangFundraising Team Member
Kevin UngFundraising Team Member
Sherry WuFundraising Team Member
Claire YuMarketing Team Member
Johnny Au YeungMarketing Team Member
Michael TranMarketing Team Member
Zuma KhanMarketing Team Member
Dave LeOperations Team Member
Stefanie ChengOperations Team Member
Ver Andrew StarrOperations Team Member & CASES Team Member
David KunOutreach Team Member
Hoang ToOutreach & CASES Team Member
John TungOutreach Team Member
Randy LeOutreach & CASES Team Member
Sandra NguyenVolunteer Management Team Member
Tina LeeVolunteer Management 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
Ver Andrew Starr
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!
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.
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 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 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.