Meet the NAAAP Detroit Team

The NAAAP Detroit leadership team is a group of dedicated volunteers that serve the organization, run its programs and support the Asian Pacific professionals in our Metro Detroit community.  The Team is responsible for providing the strategic direction of NAAAP Detroit’s programs, managing the budgets, activities and financial resources of the organization in accordance with agreed work plans, and ensuring delivery of results in line with the Organization’s strategic goals.

If you are interested in joining the NAAAP Detroit team, please contact NAAAP Detroit at

Meet Past Leadership:  2016-2017

NAAAP Detroit Chapter President

Taoqu Chen

January 1, 2018

What a beautiful White Christmas we had for 2017! Whether you built a snow man, skied, had a snowball fight, or sang Christmas carols, I hope you had fun!

NAAAP Detroit also had a fruitful year! We officially registered with the State of Michigan and became a 501 c3 non-profit organization. We passed bylaws and formed our Board of Directors. We collaborated with DIA and MAPACC and celebrated Asian Heritage Month. We launched Learn & Grow Series and Women in NAAAP Detroit Program.

As I walked in a labyrinth the other day, I couldn’t help thinking what a good metaphor it is for our real life. Sometimes we thought we are so close to what we want, another turn it seems to take us far away from it.

The journey we are taking with NAAAP is like walking in a labyrinth. Sometimes it is obvious we are walking toward the center, sometimes it is not that straight forward. But rest assured, we are focused on our missions and continuously sharpening our vision!

2018 will be an exciting year! We will be members focused, and community oriented. We will stay on course and march toward our center. We will be focused on providing programs to help our members gain the skills necessary to become confident and authentic leaders. We will stay on the path to making a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and the community.

I am grateful that we have you walking on the journey with us! Thank you for volunteering! Thank you for contributing your time and talent! I wish you a happy and healthy New Year! Faith, Hope, Love, Peace, and Joy to you, and to the World!

Sincerely Yours,
Taoqu Chen
NAAAP Detroit 2018


Asim Alavi
Tai Chan
Betty Chu
Jamie Hsu
Soraya Kim
Dominic Pangborn
Julie Xiong
Kun Zhong

Board of Directors

Taoqu Chen (President)
Henry Tanaka (Vice President)
Kan Sun (Treasurer)
Coco Zhang-Miske (Immediate Past President)

Denise Yee Grim
Joe Grimm
David Han
Andrew Humphrey
Roland Hwang
Scott Low
Sook Wilkinson

Executive Committee (Officers)

Taoqu Chen (President)
Henry Tanaka (Vice President)
Kan Sun (Treasurer)


Jocelyn Chen
Nicole Chen
Sharon Dow
Albert Emery
Ann Hong
Joori Jung
Vince Mercader
Yasmine Moor
Sivaram Yarlagadda