Lisa has over two decades of experience in arts management, development, programming, community outreach, and public relations. She has served as the director of public engagement at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC; the executive director of Washington Projects for the Arts; the public relations director at the Drawing Center in New York; and director of development and communications at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Lisa is recognized as a strong advocate for creative producers and has developed inclusive programming and outreach initiatives throughout her career.
Anjali is the Alliance's Development Manager, working closely with the staff on all strategic fundraising efforts. She also serves on the board of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC), a multidisciplinary arts nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and visibility of emerging and established South Asian women artists. Anjali was a participant in New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) 2016 Emerging Leaders Program for Arts Administrators and the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) 2016-17 Emerging Leaders Program. Anjali was formerly the Programs Director at the Asian American Writers' Workshop, and she has also worked in editorial, publicity, and research capacities in book publishing and for individual authors and artists. Anjali studied in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and completed a BA in English from Ohio University (Athens, OH).
Mia Rubin is a recent Parsons School of Design graduate, artist, and designer. She has shown her art at New Women Space, an Asian American-owned community space, and was the Honorable Mention of China Institute’s 2018 Fashion Design Competition. As Programs and Communications Assistant, Mia maintains the Alliance’s social media presence and bi-weekly newsletter and assists in the coordination of the Alliance’s Town Hall and Alliance Arts Exchange programs.
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Athena Robles (Board President) is a visual artist whose work involves drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and installation. Early in her career, she was included in the exhibition New American Talent at the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in Austin, TX, and she has since exhibited nationally, including at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and in New York at the American Museum of Natural History. A Van Lier fellow in 1995, she has participated on panels for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Ford Foundation, and others. Robles has collaborated on projects for the artist collective Godzilla and the Asian American Arts Alliance, where she serves as a board member. Her experience in arts administration and communications includes positions at Creative Capital Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Art in General, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. In addition, she is a freelance writer, copy editor, and consultant on integrated media; publication projects include the Warhol Initiative, published by the Warhol Foundation. Robles holds an undergraduate degree in art and psychology from Drew University and a master’s in fine arts from Cornell University. Her collaborative project Counter Culture Cash with Anna Stein was featured on Artnet News and their joint work continues to receive support and recognition from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Front Room Gallery in Brooklyn, among others, and is being presented at symposiums and conferences across the country. She was born in New York City and is currently based in Washington, DC.
Amy Hau (Board Secretary) is the Director of Marketing & Operations at WXY architecture + urban design. Prior to joining the award-winning architecture and planning firm, she was the Director of Administration and External Affairs at the Noguchi Museum, where she was part of the senior management team that stewarded the legacy of the world-renowned Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. In her three-decade career at the museum, she played a significant role in the transition of the artist’s estate into a museum, including the overseeing of its multi-phase $23 million capital project and the development of its master plan. She has served on her local community board since 2012 and joined the board of the Asian American Arts Alliance in January 2016.
Leslie Kuo (Board Treasurer) joined the Board of the Asian American Arts Alliance in 2017 to participate in enriching and fortifying the vibrant Asian and Asian American arts community. Her thirteen years of experience in the cultural sector include arts management, curatorial pursuits, and nonprofit development. Between 2006 and 2012, Leslie led the growth of contemporary art galleries in Shanghai, China. She has collaborated on major exhibitions and special projects with high profile corporate and cultural partners. She helped organize the China Art Prize by Yue-Sai Kan and has curated exhibitions for galleries and museums in Shanghai, Bangkok, Vancouver, and New York. Leslie was the lead curator for Our Portraits, Our Families, an exhibition mounted by Asian Pride Project in 2014 at the Museum of Chinese in America, New York. The organization was then honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation with a Vision Award alongside artist Kehinde Wiley. She then joined the Jewish Museum, raising support for exhibitions from a range of funders sharing the Museum’s commitment to the interpretation of cultural identity and experience through visual art and design, successfully spearheading the Museum’s first crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter. Leslie is currently with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is responsible for the annual fund and oversees alumni engagement in Asia.
Aparna Balaraman, Director, is a member of WeWork's Finance Shared Services Team, working on the strategy and execution of the global shared services platform. Prior to joining WeWork, Aparna has worked in BlackRock's Institutional Client Business as the business manager to the COO. She also worked in BlackRock's Corporate Development team, leading the integration efforts related to the M&A transactions and prior to that, led the Financial Controls Reporting team within Finance, responsible for executing the Sarbanes-Oxley program globally and driving firmwide and department specific strategic initiatives. Aparna has also worked at Morgan Stanley, GFI Group, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and in consulting, focusing on risk management, internal audit, and IT audit. She served on the board of the American Heart Association Young Professionals New York, and she joined the board of the Asian American Arts Alliance in April 2017. Aparna is a Chartered Accountant from Australia and completed her Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting and Finance) from Monash University, Australia.
Anita Chiu is a first generation Chinese Australian who moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2011. Anita is a Senior Vice President and lawyer in the Commodities and Global Markets Group of Macquarie. She has been with Macquarie since 2002 and has previously lived and worked in Sydney, London, and Houston. Prior to Macquarie, she worked at the law firm Allen & Overy in London. Anita is passionate about travelling, the great outdoors, and experiencing different cultures. Some of her more recent trips include Yellowstone and Arches National Park and the Galapagos Islands. She is striving to promote diversity and inclusion through her board service with the Asian American Arts Alliance and her leadership position in the multicultural employee network group of Macquarie.
Ronald D. Lee, a partner of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC, is a national security, cybersecurity, privacy, and government contracts lawyer. He served as President and Secretary and as a Director of the Yale Law Journal Company Inc., and as Secretary and as a Director of the Yale Law Journal Fund Inc. He has participated in pro bono consulting projects for a regional arts and humanities funding organization and two theater organizations. Lee served as General Counsel of the US National Security Agency from 1994 to 1998 and as Associate Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice, from 1998 to 2000. Lee graduated from Princeton University with highest honors. He received an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where he attended Balliol College as a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens, United States Supreme Court, and as a law clerk to Judge Abner J. Mikva, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and regularly writes and speaks on cybersecurity, privacy, counterterrorism, national security, and government contracts.
Mark Swicegood began studying music at the age of five. He soon took an interest in the organ and began formal instruction at age fifteen with Michael Rowland of Winston-Salem. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he studied the organ with Allen Harris, and a Master of Music degree from Yale University where he studied with Thomas Murray, Martin Jean, and Gerre Hancock. While at Yale he served as the University Chapel Organist at Battell Chapel. In 1997, Mark was a finalist in the Yale Biennial Organ Competition and in the Arthur Poister Competition in 1999. In 2002, he received an honorable mention in the City of Paris Fourth International Organ Competition, being the only American in the history of the competition to advance to the finals. The Diapason (France) reviewed him as a “symphoniste de grande classe.” Mark is a frequent recitalist in the Connecticut and New York metropolitan area. In 2008, he completed an MBA in finance from the Unviersity of Connecticut and is currently a Senior Business Partner at ANZ.
Helen Wan is an author, lawyer, and frequent speaker on Asian Americans in the workplace and diversity and inclusion in corporate America. Her debut novel The Partner Track (Macmillan/St. Martin's Press), about a young Chinese American woman climbing the corporate ladder, became the subject of a Washington Post Magazine cover story on “the bamboo ceiling” for Asian Americans. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the Washington Post, Daily Beast, Huffington Post, CNN.com, and elsewhere. She has also taught fiction writing at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Before becoming an author, she was a corporate and media lawyer for fifteen years in New York at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C.; and as Associate General Counsel at Time Inc. A graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Helen also sits on the board of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation and is currently at work on a new novel about race, gender, and class in the context of ambition. www.helenwan.com