Over 50% of the tech workforce in Silicon Valley is Asian but this prominence does not continue into the upper management levels. One of the goals of apiNXT is to help Asians take the leadership role within tech that should naturally flow from their vast numbers within the tech industry.
We believe the key role that Asian tech professionals can play as the natural bridge between Silicon Valley and other areas of California trying to develop their tech industries has long been overlooked. We have formed the apiNXT Tech Council to provide guidance on initiatives that will help grow the tech economy in the Northern California Mega Region that includes the Greater Sacramento Area and to lead activities that will grow the tech innovation ecosystem.
Charlotte has a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and a BA in Political Science & Economics from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with honors in the major and Distinction in General Scholarship from the university. Charlotte has practiced business and immigration law for technology companies since 1998. Charlotte is a frequent speaker on the topic of building effective technology ecosystems and currently serves as Executive Director of Silicon Vikings, a 40,000+ nonprofit that focuses on technology and innovation headquartered in Silicon Valley since 1997. Charlotte took the role as Executive Director in January 2015 and has doubled the organizations membership during that time. She also was responsible for rebranding the organization, increasing the number and caliber of events held (25 per year), and increasing sponsorships exponentially. Prior to joining Silicon Vikings, Charlotte served as Chairwoman of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco/Silicon Valley and was responsible for the dramatic revitalization and growth of that organization; she served on SACC SF/SV's board from 2009-2011. Charlotte has also been active in the European community on a national level having served on the Executive Committee of SACC USA as Assistant Secretary. Charlotte's commitment to collaboration between organizations has been evident throughout her work. She worked tirelessly to help with the formation of the Association of American European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (an association of Bay Area European chambers) and served as the initial treasurer for the organization after its official incorporation in 2014. As the mother of two API children, Charlotte has a genuine commitment to advancing opportunities for the API community. She has volunteered for the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) since 2011 and served on the board from 2013-2016. In 2015, she was Chair of the annual statewide Voters Forum. Starting 10 months prior to the event, Charlotte built a true grass roots effort with over 150 community members contributing their ideas to the event and over 40 organizations partnering in the event. The 2015 Voters Forum was not only the most well attended Voters Forum APAPA has held (even though it was a non-election year), it was also the most diverse and inclusive event ever held. Charlotte received APAPA’s volunteer recognition award in 2012 and then Board Member of the Year award in 2015.
Henry served as President of the Greater Sacramento chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) from 2013-2017. Henry’s passion is uniting the community for real impact and partnering with other organizations in the community has been the cornerstone of his leadership style. Under his leadership, the chapter grew exponentially, had record breaking event attendance, and increased its collaborations with other community organizations. Henry’s contributions to APAPA began long before he accepted the President role. Henry started volunteering for APAPA in 2010 and joined the board in 2011. In 2012, he received the Board Member of the Year award for his contributions to APAPA and its growth. Prior to joining APAPA, Henry was very active with the Sacramento Active 20/30 club for 5 years where he ran numerous major events to benefit underprivileged children in our community and served on the board of directors. In 2007, he trained for and participated in a 100 mile bike ride around Lake Tahoe for the benefit of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He currently works for TelePacific Communications. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member of Silicon Vikings, a 40,000+ technology nonprofit headquartered in Silicon Valley. Henry was an Economics major at UCLA.