As Public Affairs Manager for the Southern California Gas Company, Helen Romero Shaw is responsible for the management of Public Affairs and Government Relations functions for thirteen cities in the West San Gabriel Valley. Prior to joining The Gas Company, Helen was an Agency Relations/Planning Associate with the Los Angeles United Way and assistant to Congressman Edward R. Roybal. Helen is a graduate of California State University, Northridge and received a Certificate in Management Effectiveness from the USC School of Business.
Helen is a county commissioner, appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, to the Los Angeles County Commission for Older Adults, where she serves as Fiscal Officer and on the Legislative/Advocacy Committee. She participates as a board member of the San Gabriel Valley Public Affairs Network as well as the boards of East Los Angeles College Foundation and the United Latinx Fund. Helen is a past president of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Alhambra and Rosemead Chambers.
Helen joined the Board of Directors of the Asian Youth Center in 2006 and served as board Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-President prior to taking on the Presidency in 2017.
Evie Jeang, 2017 First Vice President
In 2006, Evie Jeang formed Ideal Legal Group, Inc. in Alhambra, a law firm specializing in workers compensation defense and labor and employment matters. Jeang and her team provide legal counseling to Asian-owned businesses and employees to improve their working environment. She has also dedicated her business to helping families and couples by pioneering the way in international family law, particularly divorce and surrogacy.
With additional offices in New York, San Francisco and San Diego, the firm offers its services in Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish. At the core of everything they do, from litigation in the courtroom to supporting the community outside of the courtroom, Ideal Legal Group places value in individual, family and child legal rights above all else.
A Taiwanese immigrant herself at the age of 12, Jeang’s true passion lies in providing compassionate legal representation to couples and families who are in the same situation she has personally experienced. She also regularly guides other Asian Americans who wish to start a business through the legal process. Jeang is one of the few attorneys who understands the intricacies of international divorce, which can have severe implications for businesses and their owners. It also requires a deep understanding of other cultures and how those cultures can influence the legal process.
In addition, Ideal Legal Group, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of its non-profit project, Raised By A Village (RBAV). An extension of Ideal Legal Group, RBAV echoes the work that we strive to do—assisting and guiding our clients and their families in times of need. RBAV’s mission is to provide mentorship to children of divorced families, and to ensure that no child experiences a shortage of love, care or joy as a result of divorce. We have all heard the ancient proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” We believe this is true, and have seen firsthand what divorce and separation can do to families, especially children. RBAV works alongside various non-profit organizations to bring together resources and volunteers to kids who are in need of love and attention as they go through the divorce process.
Ms. Jeang joined the AYC Board of Directors in 2013, became the Second Vice President in 2014, and the First Vice President in 2017.
Will Hsu, 2017 Second Vice President
William Hsu studied Political Science & Fine Arts at UC San Diego, and in 2009 began his career in insurance with State Farm in Monterey Park. Mr. Hsu has been extremely successful with State Farm, and was one of the youngest professionals to ever open his own office with the company. He attributes his success to learning from his mistakes, and being willing to take risks and make sacrifices. In 2015, Mr. Hsu’s business had grown so significantly that he had to relocate to bigger offices in San Gabriel.
Raised in the San Gabriel Valley by his parents who were immigrants from Taiwan, Mr. Hsu is very familiar with the challenges faced by first generation Asian immigrants and their children and feels deeply connected to AYC’s mission.
Mr. Hsu joined the AYC Board of Directors in 2013 and has served on the Program Committee for four years. In 2017, Mr. Hsu was elected as the Second Vice President and Chair of the Program & Audit Committee.
Raymond Ho, 2017 Board Treasurer
Raymond Ho immigrated to the United States in 1990. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and started his career as a software Engineer at FileNet/IBM concentrating on data optimization to handle large numbers of transactions for businesses such as Wells Fargo, Blue Cross and Hong Kong SAR administration’s Smart ID card data. He also worked in the defense industry at Raytheon, with a focus on an Air Command & Control System NATO project, stationing him in Paris, France for two years. In 2009, Mr. Ho changed direction and completed his Real Estate Broker license, going on to earn a General Contractor License B in 2013 as well.
Today, Mr. Ho is the Director of Investments at GE Properties, where he is responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of residential and commercial real estate properties for high net worth clients.
Because of his experience adapting to a new environment during his youth, Mr. Ho is deeply rooted to the core mission of Asian Youth Center. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014, and served as the Audit Committee Chair in 2015 and 2016 before becoming the Treasurer in 2017.
David Lawton, 2017 Board Secretary
In 1977, David A. Lawton began his career with the San Gabriel Police Department. He has worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant and Captain. He was appointed Chief of Police in July of 1990.
Chief Lawton has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and a M.S. in Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He graduated from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS).
The Chief has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations.
Chief Lawton is most proud of his volunteer efforts in serving youth. He serves on the National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee. He has volunteered at Law Enforcement Exploring National Conferences and Law Enforcement Exploring National Leadership Academies. He also served on staff at the 2001, 2005 and 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamborees.
The Chief has been on the Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center for more than 15 years. He has served as Treasurer and Vice-President in past years and as the Secretary since 2011.
Jim Smith, Immediate Past President
Chief of Police Jim Smith began his career with the Monterey Park Police Department as a Police Explorer Scout and has been promoted through the ranks of the Department. During his career he has worked assignments in the Patrol, Investigations, and Community Relations Bureaus. He served as Interim Chief of Police from September 2009 until being appointed Chief of Police in October 2011. He also served the City of Monterey Park in the capacity of Interim City Manager twice in 2010.
Chief Smith is a graduate of Mark Keppel High School and earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Mt. San Antonio College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.
Chief Smith is a member of the Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Mental Health Task Force, and the Co-Chair of the steering committee for the Pacific Clinics and San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs Association’s Mental Illness and Law Enforcement Systems (M.I.L.E.S.) program. His membership in professional organizations includes the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association (1st Vice President), San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs Association, FBI National Academy Associates (California Chapter Training Manager), California Peace Officers Association, California Police Chiefs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Police Futurists International.
Chief Smith joined the Board of Directors for the Asian Youth Center in 2010, served as the First Vice President for 2013-2014, and as the President from 2015-2017.