On December 15, Ameson Foundation executives Mr. Stephen Smith and Mr. Zhu Xiao Di attended a holiday gathering hosted by the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) to celebrate its 2017 ILF Advisory Board and new staff. During the meeting, ILF Founding President Chiling Tong expressed appreciation for the Ameson Foundation’s support during the past year, among several other institutions.
More than 30 guests comprised of local press representatives, federal and local government officials, and distinguished leaders from Asian Pacific American communities attended the meeting. Ms. Chiling Tong, Founder Joel Szabat and ILF Advisory Board Chair Jeff Hwang welcomed more than 20 new D.C. Advisors to ILF, including Ms. Corinna Shen, serving on the Maryland’s Commission for Women, Ms. Rose Li serving on the Maryland’s Commission on Aging, Mr. Vincent Liu, a board member of Baltimore Chinese School, and Mr. Jason Emert, Chair Emeritus of the International Young Democratic Union.
The ILF also presented the Presidential Volunteer Service Award to a few select D.C. Advisors, including Ms. Chrissie Chen, Ms. Grace Toh, Mr. David Ho, Mr. Vincent Liu, and the President of Asian Pacific Islander Association for Public Affairs (APAPA)-DC, Mr. Stan Tsai. The award recognized their leadership in educating young people in the Asian Pacific American community and improving the community as a whole.
Additionally, ILF announced that its board of directors chose Ms. Soo Kyung Koo as the organization’s new Executive Director and Ms. Evelynn Bui as new Program Director.
At the event, Ms. Chiling Tong gave a speech recognizing the ILF’s community support. Among those mentioned was the Ameson Foundation, a neighbor of the ILF, with the headquarters of both organizations located in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The Ameson Foundation is proud to support the ILF in developing young leaders in the United States and Asia, a mission shared by both organizations.
Ameson’s Executive Director, Mr. Stephen Smith and Deputy Director, Mr. Zhu Xiao Di, pose with Ms. Chiling Tong at the ILF meeting on December 15, 2016.