Bobbi Kommineni – Chairwoman
Bobbi Kommineni, is an enterprise software professional focused on solving complex business and planning problems for retailers. In her free time, Bobbi is a community organizer and activist for democratic causes. Over the past 10 years, Bobbi has been very active in the Austin community, serving on the Austin Community Board for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and the Travis County Democratic Party.
Bobbi holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin. She makes her home in Northwest Austin with her husband and 2 children.
Ramey Ko – Vice Chair
Ramey Ko is an attorney and Member of The Ko Law Group, PLLC, focusing on business and real estate matters. He previously practiced housing and domestic violence law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Advocacy Project. In 2010, Ramey was appointed the first Asian American judge in Austin and served as an Associate Municipal Judge through 2013. Ramey previously lectured in Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and currently teaches Business Law and Ethics to MBA students at the Texas Health & Science University College of Business Sciences.
From September 2010 to May 2014, Ramey served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which advises federal agencies on how to better serve the AAPI community. He also previously served on the Austin Public Safety Commission and chaired the Commission on Immigrant Affairs. He serves as a Board Member of Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District. Ramey graduated from Yale University in 2002 with a degree in history and with honors from the University Of Chicago Law School in 2006. Ramey is a devoted fan of Tex Mex, Texas barbecue, and Chinese dumplings; when he’s not cooking or playing trivia, he’s ruining your favorite song at karaoke.
Susan Reiss – Chief Financial Officer
Susan is an experienced accountant with CPA, MBA and Master of Accountancy. She has served government contractors and nonprofits for twenty years. Susan is a leader of Reiss & Jung, CPA, PC, a Texas firm, and consultant of national firms that assist a wide range of businesses from small tech firms to global standard fortune 500 companies.
As a resourceful accounting and internal control professional, Susan joined our board in July 2016 and has been working to improve our financial management and reporting processes and enhance the transparency, accountability, compliance, and control in our system. She expects such a positive transformation will become our core competence to attract more supports and will allow us to positively influence the overall mission we promote.
Aditi Joshi- Secretary
Aditi Joshi is a marketing consultant & serial entrepreneur by profession. She considers her mission in life to help the underprivileged. Aditi is passionate about human rights, animal rights, education and empowering women. She has a Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Mumbai, India and a MBA from the University of Wales, UK.
Shaun is Counsel in the Austin office of Vinson & Elkins LLP. He is a seasoned corporate lawyer with significant experience counseling senior management and boards of directors on sensitive matters involving corporate governance, M&A, regulatory issues and other special situations. He has extensive experience advising public companies on proxy contests and other shareholder activism campaigns and has led sophisticated U.S. and cross-border M&A and financing transactions in over 20 countries in industries including technology, energy, life sciences and industrials.
Shaun maintains close ties to the Indian corporate law community, has authored academic articles on Indian corporate governance and takeovers, and led the first Harvard study on the outsourcing of legal services to India.
Prior to joining V&E in Austin, Shaun practiced law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. Shaun is a graduate of Harvard Law School, New York University and the London School of Economics. He is admitted to practice in New York and Texas.
Lynn Yuan has been living in Austin since 1993 and actively involving in Austin Asian community activities. Lynn serves as Board of Directors for Austin AARC (Asian American Resource Center), GAACC(Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce), CSA (Chinese Society of Austin), Vice President of APAPA (Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association).
Lynn Yuan (CCIM) is the founder and CEO of Real Capital Group-Austin 360 Home, a leading real estate firm focused on real estate portfolio management for Asian Investors. Having lived in Austin, Texas for over 22 years, Lynn has acquired a great amount professional real estate experience as well as established a strong network among both Asian communities. Lynn is recognized as a local market expert in real estate investment, brokerage and property management. Lynn has extensive experience working with clients and investors across the U.S. and Internationally. Prior to beginning her full time real estate career in early 2000, Lynn spent 15 years as a program management professional for Fortune 500 technology companies.
Jim Yatsu is the Director of International Supplier Relations at Tokyo Electron America, Inc. In this capacity, Mr.Yatsu is responsible for the global initiatives in the Supply Chain Solutions within Tokyo Electron group worldwide. Jim graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo in 1982, with a B.A. degree in French Language. He joined Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) following graduation, and held a variety of management positions from Administration to Sales and Field Engineering. His first assignment in the U.S. was in Mountain View, California from 1985 to 1987. In 1997, he transferred to the U.S. for the second time at TEL’s U.S. Headquarters in Austin. Mr. Yatsu served on the board of Keep Austin Beautiful from 2003-2013 and as Board President in 2007. He also served as Chairman of the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce (TACC) from 2009-2012 and as Co-Chair of the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) after the merger of TACC and AAACC to form the GAACC.
Liane Ngin Noble
Liane Ngin Noble was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She is an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where her practice focuses on commercial litigation in state and federal courts. In addition to her work with the AAARC, Liane is involved with Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA), the Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court, and the Cambodian-American community in Austin.
Experienced in all areas of U.S. immigration and nationality law, Sujata Ajmera focuses her practice on employment-based immigration and compliance. She has particular expertise in non-immigrant visas and permanent residency campaigns for employers, and regularly represents corporate clients, academic institutions, and small to medium sized businesses in a variety of industries.
Sujata is well-versed in assisting companies with comprehensive I-9 compliance audits, both proactive and reactive to government investigations. She helps develop I-9 and onboarding policies and procedures and conducts regular best practices trainings for Human Resource Professionals and Corporate Counsel.
Sujata is board certified in Immigration & Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Joy Authur is a development and communications professional in Austin’s vibrant nonprofit industry. Previously, she worked for many years as a sales and marketing executive in the private sector. Joy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in History. She is an avid swimmer and loves to spend weekends in the area’s many famous natural springs.
Dr. Huang is the Health Authority and Medical Director for the Austin/Travis County Health Department where his responsibilities include communicable disease control, emergency preparedness, epidemiology and surveillance, immunizations, environmental health, and chronic disease prevention. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Rice University, his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and his Master’s in Public Health from Harvard. Dr. Huang completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, and was Chief Resident during his final year. He served two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer with the CDC where he conducted epidemiologic studies in chronic disease and infectious disease outbreak investigations.