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

NAAAP Philadelphia Awarded the Not-For-Profit if the Year by Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Philadelphia

At its annual banquet on October 14th, the Asian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Philadelphia (AACCGP) honored NAAAP Philadelphia with the Outstanding Not-for-Profit of the Year Award. NAAAP Philadelphia was recognized for the leadership demonstrated and contributions made during the challenging COVID times to support the community in various ways. This special occasion was attended by NAAAP’s Board of Directors and leadership team, including David Chan, Ed Empaynado, Alice Fei, Ari Karpf, Peggy Kelly, Ping Cao, Cindy Ng, Tommy Choi, Kevin He, Noel Abejo, and Catherine Rheault.

NAAAP Leadership Message

ping cao
cindy ng
tommy choi

Congratulations to Ping Cao, Cindy Ng, and Tommy Choi for their reappointment to continue serving as President, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of NAAAP Philadelphia, 2021-2022. The board of directors voted to renew their two-year terms because of their strong leadership. 

From 2019-2020, Ping, Cindy, and Tommy led a new leadership team of 20+ professionals to organize events and volunteering efforts supporting frontline workers to students to senior citizens. Last year, NAAAP Philadelphia received two awards: NAAAP National’s Award of Excellence for Chapter of the Year and later honored with PHL Diversity’s Nonprofit Business Award for its advocacy and community service that have positively impacted Philadelphia’s multicultural community.

Congratulations and thank you Ping, Cindy, and Tommy for continuing to serve NAAAP Philadelphia’s members and friends.