About

The Association of Asian American Investment Managers

Executive Committee of the Board

Brenda Chia

Brenda Chia

Board Co-Chair | Founding Board Member | Director, Paladin Capital Group

Sanjiv Shah

Sanjiv Shah

Board Co-Chair | Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Gordon C.C. Liao

Gordon C.C. Liao

Board Vice-Chair | ELI Committee Chair | Founding Board Member | Founder & Managing Partner, Promise Holdings LLC

Bennett Kim

Bennett Kim

Founding Board Member | Managing Director, Big Rock Partners Senior Housing

Diana Liu

Diana Liu

Lead Funds & Real Estate Counsel, EQT Exeter

Clayton Jue

Clayton Jue

Founding Board Member | President & CEO Leading Edge Investment Advisors, LLC

Ginger Lew

Ginger Lew

Co-Founder | Co-founder, Cube Hydro Partners | CEO, Three Oaks Investments, LLC.

Meet the Team

Jim Park

Jim Park

CEO

Kit Canlas

Kit Canlas

Program Director

Today

AAAIM is recognized as the national voice of AAPI investment managers and the only national organization dedicated to supporting the growth of AAPI investment managers. Our coalition of seasoned and rising investment managers is committed to mentorship, promoting access to capital, and educating the industry and public at large about prejudice experienced by AAPI.

Board of Directors

David Lam

David Lam

Limited Partners Committee Member | General Partner, Atlantic Bridge Capital

Tony Lee

Tony Lee

Limited Partners Committee Member | Senior Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Progress Investment Management, Bivium Capital

Prashant Mehrotra

Prashant Mehrotra

Partner & Managing Director, Clearlake Capital Group

William Park

William Park

ELI Committee Vice Co-Chair | Head of Equity Risk, ExodusPoint Capital Management, L.P.

Heidi Poon

Heidi Poon

Limited Partners Committee Member | Managing Director, Private Equity, Aksia TorreyCove Partners

Susan Soh

Susan Soh

Limited Partners Committee Chair | Chief of Strategy & Capital Development, Private Investment Activities of Two Sigma

Cynthia Tseng

Cynthia Tseng

ELI Committee Member | Partner, Fairview Capital Partners

Johnny Wu

Johnny Wu

ELI Committee Vice Co-Chair | CEO, Quartzy Cap

Suzanne Wong

Suzanne Wong

Partner & CFO, Palladium Equity Partners

Honorary Advisory Board

Ginger Lew

Ginger Lew

Co-Founder | Co-Founder, Cube Hydro Partners | CEO, Three Oaks Investments, LLC

Maeley L. Tom

Maeley L. Tom

AAAIM Co-Founder | Board Chair Emeritus

David Fann

David Fann

President & CEO, TorreyCove Capital Partners

Honorable Norman Y. Mineta

Honorable Norman Y. Mineta

Former Secretary of Commerce & Secretary of Transportation of the United States

Roger Sit

Roger Sit

Chairman, CEO, President and Global Investment Officer at Sit Investment Associates, Inc.

Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang

Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang

Director, Pacific Pension Institute

Emerging Leaders Initiative

Gordon C.C. Liao

Gordon C.C. Liao

ELI Committee Founder & Chair | Founder & Managing Partner, Promise Holdings LLC

Bill Park

Bill Park

ELI Committee Vice Co-Chair | Head of Equity Risk, ExodusPoint Capital Management, L.P.

Johnny Wu

Johnny Wu

ELI Committee Vice Co-Chair | CEO, Quartzy Cap

Sammy Suzuki

Sammy Suzuki

Co-Chief Investment Officer, Strategic Core Equities, AllianceBernstein

Deepa Patil

Deepa Patil

Head of Investor Relations, One Rock Capital Partners

Cynthia Tseng

Cynthia Tseng

Partner, Fairview Capital Partners

Boston Chapter

Charles Ha

Charles Ha

Vice President, TA Associates

York Lo

York Lo

Head of Institutional & Retirement Product Development, John Hancock Investment Management

SoCal Chapter

Thao Buuhoan

Thao Buuhoan

President & Chief Operating Officer, Rice Hall James & Associates

Paul Hayama

Paul Hayama

Partner, Avante Capital Partners

Kevin Ma

Kevin Ma

Co-founder & Managing Partner, Diversis Capital

History

Founded in 2006, The Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM) is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the field of investment management. Challenged with a lack of diverse executive leadership, AAAIM supports those trying to grow their careers by providing a forum for professionals in the industry to meet, network and create business opportunities.

The efforts of Ginger Lew and Maeley Tom made a call to action that defied stereotypes of Asian American women and resulted in the founding of AAAIM. Ginger recalls, “The exclusion of AAPIs was, and still is, the driving factor. Some of it is overt exclusion based on ignorance, and some of it is an oversight. We wanted to combat prejudice and to educate the industry. We sought to support AAPI fund managers start their own fund and move into C suite. Twenty years ago, there were even fewer women than now. Gender equality in investment is still not achieved, so our work is not done.” Maeley was Chair of the Asian Pacific Caucus at the time, and knew Ginger through policy work, so she reached out to her to co-host a workshop for AAPIs in the industry to meet with institutional investors and learn how to access funds. They had three times as many guests as anticipated. There was a hunger from AAPIs that had clearly been overlooked for far too long. This event gave them their first roster of AAPI institutional investors. “My background was not in finance,” states Maeley, “my expertise was in legislative work, but my passion for AAPI advocacy was my motivation. AAPI success rate in small business was great at the time, but there was no representation of us in portfolio management. Something needed to change.”

Both Ginger and Maeley attribute Clayton Jue for assisting them in leading the charge for the creation of AAAIM by leveraging his existing industry credibility, generously donating office resources, and his fundraising skills. Founding board members Brenda Chia, Bennett Kim and Gordon Liao also remain active and dedicated to carrying forward AAAIM’s mission, over a decade after its inception.

Thank You!

AAAIM cannot exist without the generosity of our partners, sponsors, board members, and volunteers.  Ethnic and gender diversity are critical to our industry’s future. Your support furthers AAAIM’s mission to bring more transparency and performance data to the investment industry.