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.
Mary Wong, First Vice President
As an immigrant from Hong Kong, Mary Wong, EA, has overcome struggles such as language barriers, diligently working her way through college and eventually starting her own accounting firm, Exact Tax, Inc., in 2007. As Exact Tax, Inc. has grown, so has their philanthropic outreach. Last year the company launched free seminars for local community members and small business owners, helping attendees understand everything from navigating audits to filing taxes while waiting for a green card. In 2010, Mary founded Project NEO, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provided after school tutoring and mentoring to at-risk youth in grades 2-8, serving over 250 youth annually. As part of its leadership development program, over 200 young people were trained to provide mentorship and tutoring services, and Project NEO initiated a Student Leaders Board which consisted of 12 bright individuals from local high schools and colleges. In order to expand Project NEO's tutoring outreach to more local schools, Mary explored creative options. The Asian Youth Center reached out to Mary to create a partnership to strengthen the tutoring program for children, and the merger between the two organizations was finalized in November 2016. As difficult as it was for Mary to relinquish herself from Project NEO, she prioritized growing resources to help at-risk youth to become our leaders of tomorrow. Mary joined the AYC Board of Directors in January 2017 to continue her work with at-risk youth in the community.
In 2014, Senator Ed Hernandez awarded Mary the Woman of the Year Award for her work with Project NEO. She was also the recipient of the 2014 Monterey Park Business Woman Award. Her leadership roles have included serving as a board member of the Asian Youth Center, treasurer of the Alhambra Police Foundation and member of the East Los Angeles College Foundation President's Circle.
Mary graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems and currently resides in San Gabriel, CA.
Will Hsu, 2018 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, 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.
Julie Ho, Secretary
Ms. Julie Ho currently works at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as an administrative services manager. She began her tenure at LACDMH 15 years ago as a frontline school-based clinician providing mental health counseling to children and youth at several LAUSD schools in East Los Angeles. She considers these early career experiences working predominantly with underserved and underprivileged cultural minority children and their families most significantly influence her later passion and desire to give back to serving the children and families to whom AYC most often minister. In 2006 once she successfully passed the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences examinations and received her licensure as a Clinical Social Worker, she transitioned to an administrative position at the DMH Headquarter.
With her role at DMH, Ms. Ho has the privilege to be serving in the public mental health arena, and enjoys very much her work as an administrative services manager. Although she is no longer offering direct clinical services to clients, she finds that her clinical expertise and insights are transferable to effectively managing mental program development and contract financial monitoring. When Ms. Ho was approached about joining AYC, she was excited of the opportunity to work with a community based organization in the San Gabriel Valley that promotes social justice, advocacy, and empowerment. In fact, AYC’s mission is in aligned with Ms. Ho’s social work profession’s primary tenet: “enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty.” Ms. Ho joined the AYC Board of Directors in 2013 and has served on the Program Committee, and Fundraising and Dinner Committee. In 2018, Ms. Ho was elected as the Secretary. Ms. Julie Ho received her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara and her Master of Social Work in 2003 from the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California. While at USC, she had the special honor to represent her graduating class of the School of Social Work in being nominated and received the USC Graduate and Professional Recognition Student Award on May 15, 2003. She is married to a restaurateur, and enjoys parenting an active 5 years old son.