NAAAP Philadelphia Welcomes Citrin Cooperman as our 34th Sponsor

PHILADELPHIA – November 17th, 2022 – The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP Philadelphia), a national all-volunteer Pan-Asian American professional organization, is excited to announce our organization’s new sponsor, Citrin Cooperman.

Citrin Cooperman is one of the nation’s largest professional services firms, helping companies and high net worth individuals find smart solutions. Whether your operations and assets are located around the corner or across the globe, we can provide new perspectives on strategies that will help you achieve your short- and long-term goals. Our daily mission is to enhance the businesses and personal lives of our clients through our services, guidance, and enthusiasm for building long-standing relationships. We are dedicated to providing clients with an objective viewpoint and insightful advice on whatever challenges they bring to the table. Finding innovative solutions is what drives our professionals and helps our clients succeed.

Kevin Ryan, partner at Citrin Cooperman, stated: “I met Ping Cao through a mutual friend, and he invited me to a few different NAAAP events. After attending these events and learning more about the organization, I was very impressed with their mission to promote and support Asian American professionals in their career advancement. I look forward to their educational DEI and ESG events, and I greatly value all of the professional acquaintances I have made at these sessions.”
 
We thank Kevin Ryan and Citrin Cooperman for their sponsorship. 

Please join us in welcoming them!

About NAAAP Philadelphia

Since 2004, NAAAP Philadelphia has proudly served the Greater Philadelphia area and continues to build an inclusive community. As an award-winning professional organization, NAAAP Philadelphia was recognized for the following: 

  • 2022 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2021 Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award – Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Philadelphia
  • 2021 Civic 50 Honoree – Philadelphia Foundation & Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia Partners
  • 2021 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2020 PHL Diversity Nonprofit Business Award
  • 2020 NAAAP National Chapter of the Year

 

NAAAP Philadelphia Appoints Subarna Malakar as Chairman of the Board

subama malakar

PHILADELPHIA – August 25th, 2022 – The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP Philadelphia), a national all-volunteer Pan-Asian American professional organization, is excited to announce the appointment of Subarna Malakar as Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2022.

Subarna is a U.S. Army veteran with an MBA from Temple University: Fox School of Business, a B.S. from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate in Leadership Academy from Harvard University. He is currently the Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) for Sanofi North America. In his role, he drives DE&I strategy and initiatives where employees reflect the diversity of our communities, unleashing their best selves every day to transform the practice of medicine. Subarna has more than 25 years of professional experience with 15 years as an executive in Global DE&I, corporate social responsibility, and culture change management, working for global companies including FMC, Ahold Delhaize, Thomson Reuters, Unilever, and Sodexo. Subarna has been a board member of NAAAP last three years.

 Subarna states, “It takes commitment, collaboration, and coalition to lead NAAAP- Philadelphia. I have some of the best minds in this organization to support the mission of NAAAP to build future Asian American leaders while impacting our ever-growing Asian community and creating an inclusive organization for all”.
 
We thank David Chan for his leadership over the last six years as chair of the NAAAP Board of Directors. Under his leadership, NAAAP Philly has impacted the community in unforeseeable ways on a corporate and professional level and within the community. He has done tremendous work and will continue to be our wise council as we embark on the future of NAAAP.

About NAAAP Philadelphia

Since 2004, NAAAP Philadelphia has proudly served the Greater Philadelphia area and continues to build an inclusive community. As an award-winning professional organization, NAAAP Philadelphia was recognized for the following: 

  • 2022 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2021 Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award – Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Philadelphia
  • 2021 Civic 50 Honoree – Philadelphia Foundation & Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia Partners
  • 2021 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2020 PHL Diversity Nonprofit Business Award
  • 2020 NAAAP National Chapter of the Year


NAAAP Philadelphia Appoints Pamela Zee to Board of Directors

The National Association of Asian American Professionals – Philadelphia Chapter (NAAAP Philadelphia) has recently appointed Pamela Zee as a member of its Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Dr. Pamela Zee leads the Cardiovascular Renal and Metabolism (CVRM) Pediatric Center of Excellence for AstraZeneca. She is a clinical development physician leader and pediatric trial expert with over 14 years of drug development experience. As a cross functional matrix leader, Pam has made important contributions to the development of products spanning the immunoscience, metabolics, renal and cardiovascular therapeutic areas.

Pam earned her B.A. and M.D. degrees at Vassar College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), respectively. After an internal medicine residency, she built an academic clinical practice as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ for almost 10 years before joining the pharmaceutical industry. Click here to learn more about Pamela and the rest of our NAAAP Philadelphia Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to serve the Philadelphia chapter of NAAAP as a board member,” said Pam. “I look forward to fruitful collaboration with this talented and passionate group of professionals dedicated to the advancement of Asian American leadership.”

“We are delighted to have Pam join us,” said Subarna Malakar, NAAAP Philadelphia, Board of Director member. “She adds tremendous value to our board membership and future of NAAAP Philadelphia.”

About NAAAP Philadelphia

Since 2004, NAAAP Philadelphia has proudly served the Greater Philadelphia area and continues to build an inclusive community. As an award-winning professional organization, NAAAP Philadelphia was recognized for the following: 

  • 2022 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2021 Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award – Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Philadelphia
  • 2021 Civic 50 Honoree – Philadelphia Foundation & Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia Partners
  • 2021 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 2020 PHL Diversity Nonprofit Business Award
  • 2020 NAAAP National Chapter of the Year

NAAAP Philadelphia Appoints Cindy Lewis to Board of Directors

The National Association of Asian American Professionals – Philadelphia Chapter (NAAAP Philadelphia) has recently appointed Cindy Lewis, CPA as a member of its Board of Directors for a three-year term.

Cindy Lewis

“We are very pleased to welcome Cindy to the NAAAP Philadelphia Board of Directors,” said Ping Cao, President of NAAAP Philadelphia. “As a CFO, Cindy’s strong experience in financial strategy and operations will be invaluable to us as we continue carrying out our mission and developing future leaders with organizations throughout The Greater Philadelphia.”

Cindy is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Coho Partners, Ltd. where she is responsible for executing the company’s financial strategy and overseeing all aspects of its financial operations. With 23 years in the financial industry, Cindy has experience in finance and accounting operations and reporting, M&A, corporate restructurings, digital transformation, product development, and due diligence programs. She previously worked at Valley Forge Capital Management, Aberdeen Standard Investments, TIFF Advisory Service, Inc. and Ernst & Young, LLP.

Cindy also serves as a board member and finance committee chair for the Wilma Theater, is a founding board member of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of Ascend, and a founding board member of the Women in Investing Network.

“I’m excited with the opportunity to serve on the NAAAP Philadelphia Board of Directors,” said Cindy Lewis.  “NAAAP has contributed meaningfully to the Greater Philadelphia community and its stakeholders, and it is an honor to be a part of its continued impact.”

About NAAAP Philadelphia


Since 2004, NAAAP Philadelphia has proudly served the Greater Philadelphia area and continues to build an inclusive community. As an award-winning professional organization, NAAAP Philadelphia was recognized for the following: 

  1. 2022 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  2. 2021 Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year Award – Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Philadelphia
  3. 2021 Civic 50 Honoree – Philadelphia Foundation & Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia Partners
  4. 2021 Faces of Philanthropy Award – Philadelphia Business Journal
  5. 2020 PHL Diversity Nonprofit Business Award
  6. 2020 NAAAP National Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to NAAAP Philadelphia’s 2021 Future Leaders Scholarship Winners!

This year, NAAAP Philadelphia expanded its Future Leaders Scholarship Program by providing scholarships to 10 future leaders, an increase from eight given last year. Many students applied and each had an impressive resume, including high GPAs, and numerous accomplishments.
 
It was certainly challenging for the handful of NAAAP leaders to narrow down the applicants to 10 winners. In addition to submitting an application packet, each was also interviewed via video conferencing by NAAAP leaders. The scholarship winners possessed great interviewing skills in addition to their academic achievements and thoroughly impressed the NAAAP leaders.
 
The scholarship winners and their families were invited and recognized at the 9/11 Remembrance Day event at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. NAAAP Philadelphia is proud to support these amazing young adults with qualities that make strong leaders.

This year’s NAAAP Philadelphia 2021 Future Leaders Scholarship winners include the following and the colleges they are attending:

  • Labiq Amyaz Jaigirdar – Drexel University 
  • Haoyun Deng – University of Pennsylvania 
  • Jeffrey Gong – Yale University 
  • Jordan Li – Temple University 
  • Addison Liu – Harvard University 
  • Angela Liu – Temple University 
  • Yash Pahwa – University of Pennsylvania 
  • Kishan Patel – Duke University 
  • Phuong Quynh Vo – Haverford College 
  • Xandro Xu – University of Pennsylvania