WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--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.