WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Asian & Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce &
Entrepreneurship (National ACE) is pleased to announce that Chiling Tong
will be assuming the role of its President and Chief Executive Officer,
effective January 1, 2017.
Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Tong will represent the interests of the
Asian-American business community by articulating the positions and
policy views of National ACE to lawmakers, business leaders and partners
throughout the country.
In 2000, Ms. Tong founded the International Leadership Foundation (ILF),
a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop young
leaders in entrepreneurship, international relations and public affairs
focused on America and the Pacific Rim countries. As ILF’s Chief
Executive Officer for the past 16 years, Ms. Tong has a demonstrated
record of success in advocating for Asian-American economic and policy
interests in the nation’s capital and maintains strong professional and
personal relationships in government and in business.
“We are thrilled to have an accomplished professional with such vast
experience in Washington, D.C., and exceptional leadership skills as
Chiling Tong joins our team,” said Helene Yan, chairman of the National
ACE board of directors. “She is the perfect leader to expand upon the
solid foundation of what National ACE has already accomplished in our
first few years.”
Ms. Tong has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience
in economic and business development issues. She was formerly chief of
staff and associate director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s
Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Asia and the Pacific at the International Trade
Administration, and served as a member of the National Advisory Council
on Minority Business Enterprises.
About National ACE: National ACE’s mission is to serve as a
strong advocate of Asian American business interests and effect positive
change on all issues that enhance and advance the goals and aspirations
of Asian American business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.
National ACE strives to do this through supporting and promoting issues
that impact the Asian American business community, improving the
economic development and economic impact of the Asian American
community, advancing coalitions and enhancing community building, and
fostering the next generation of Asian American entrepreneurs and CEOs.