(213) 624-6400 ext. 2
As Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), Chun-Yen provides executive leadership and directs operations and grantmaking for the organization. Previously as project-based Development Director, she cultivated major donors to grow its Donor-Advised Fund as well as the scholarship program. Chun-Yen has over 16 years of professional working experience in non-profit executive management and fund development, state government budgetary analysis, and academic faculty fields. As Community Development Officer at a community bank in Southern California, she worked closely with the FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank, and other regulatory agencies to develop collaboration and partnership among financial institutions and non-profits to bring qualified Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) services, investment, and donation opportunities to low and moderate income communities in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. As Senior Budget Examiner in the New York State Government, she analyzed state agency fiscal operations, developed budgetary and policy recommendations, evaluated proposed legislation, and monitored revenue and expenditures for the Governor. Chun-Yen is active in her community, serving as a recreation commissioner for the City of San Marino and as a board member of the Chinese Club of San Marino. Born and raised in Taiwan, Chun-Yen received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from National Taiwan University and master’s degree as well as doctoral candidacy in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, SUNY at Albany.
Chief Innovation Officer
As the Chief Innovation Officer of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), Sylvia will be leading the National Asian American Community Foundation project – a new national philanthropic initiative which will amplify APCF’s mission and vision across different regions in Southern California and beyond. Sylvia has over a decade of experience in non-profit community work and is an international human rights lawyer specializing in North Korean human rights. She has been recognized for her community leadership and human rights work by local, national and international agencies including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Best Under 40), the International Association of Korean Lawyers (Public Interest award), the Orange County Bar Association (Courage Award for Diversity & Inclusion) and the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders. Sylvia is also a member of the National Committee on North Korea and an associate member of the Council of Korean Americans. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Sylvia co-founded Canada’s largest human rights organization for North Korean human rights and practiced criminal law as both a defense attorney and as an Assistant Crown Attorney. Sylvia received her Bachelor’s degree at Queen’s University, her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (LL.M. equivalent) at Oxford University.
Christine Najung Lee
(213) 624-6400 ext. 4
Christine oversees the organization’s Asian & Pacific Islander (API) nonprofit sector capacity building programs, grants management, volunteer program as well as other resource development programs. Previously, she served as Marketing Manager in overseeing APCF’s communications, marketing strategies, event planning, and media relations. With over a decade of experience in the API nonprofit field, she has served at various Los Angeles-based organizations, including the Koreatown Youth & Community Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, Asian & Pacific Islander Older Adults Task Force, and a community health clinic in Koreatown. In addition to program management experience in public health, community outreach, cultural competency, youth leadership development, and community organizing, Christine has a background in journalism, with a feature article having won the New American Award. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership as well as the Adventist Health White Memorial Community Leadership Council, and was formerly on the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Neighborhood Council. Christine holds a Master of Social Welfare as well as a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
(213) 624-6400 ext. 1
Deborah Chun is Operations Manager, and her primary responsibilities are to sustain and strengthen the organization’s internal processes and infrastructure that allow APCF to fulfill its mission. Additionally, she manages some of APCF’s workplace giving programs. Her past work experience includes Business Administrator at Alhambra True Light Presbyterian Church and Market Research Manager in a variety of industries, including an advertising agency, health care, and manufacturing sectors. She currently serves on the board of Catalyst San Gabriel Valley, a local nonprofit community whose mission is to inspire, connect and mobilize people towards personal and community transformation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
(213) 624-6400 ext. 8
Karen Fan recently joined APCF in November 2017 as Marketing Manager. Her primary responsibilities are to promote APCF through branding, oversee the scholarship programs, and provide creative support for APCF’s events and campaigns. Karen began her career with Disneyland where she was part of their VoluntEAR Leadership Council before relocating to China to work as a Cruise Director and Hotel Manager in Chongqing. After 4 years, she relocated to Shanghai where she worked as a Project Manager in the hospitality sector. Prior to leaving China, she once again worked for Shanghai Disneyland. After over a decade spent living abroad, she decided to return to the United States. Karen has been a regular and active volunteer in her community, working on numerous political campaigns and volunteering for various nonprofit organizations.
Debra A. Fong
(213) 624-6400 ext. 3
As Executive Advisor of the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), Debra provides executive leadership, advice and counsel for APCF. She was most recently the executive director of APCF, stepping down after 10+ years in 2017. During her tenure, the organization grew more than 15-fold. She began her non-profit career at the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation as the Director of Administration and Development. Prior to that, she held various leadership positions at Pacific Bell/SBC. Debra is active in her church and community. She has served as President of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON), Co-Chair for the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)-Los Angeles Chapter and member of the White Memorial Medical Center Community Leadership Council for many years as well as having served on the Board and Trustees for Evergreen Baptist Church-SGV for over a decade. Currently, she serves on the UCLA Alumni Association Board and the California State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Debra holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics/Business as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.
(213) 624-6400 ext. 6
Karen is currently a senior at CSUN who had previous aspirations of becoming an attorney. At CSUN, she discovered Asian American Studies (AAS) by accident and after she learned about the social injustices and civil rights issues that surrounded her, she felt like she had to do more. She changed her major to AAS and became immersed in the material. AAS has enabled Karen to work with Little Tokyo Service Center, which opened up a new path to volunteering with other local community organizations. Karen has since changed her career ambitions and now hopes to create positive change around her by working for a nonprofit and continuing to serve the community to the best of her abilities.
Special Events Intern
(213) 624-6400 ext. 7
Mindy is our new special events intern and will be involved in planning the Silent Auction for our 13th Annual Giving for All Seasons Gala. Mindy is a UCSD Alumni who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Critical Gender Studies. At UCSD, she first began working at a nonprofit as an intern for the UCSD Women’s Center. Here, she became dedicated to working in the nonprofit field in order to act on her passions of social justice and feminism. She will be continuing her studies and hopes to continue to further advocate for marginalized communities.