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Asian Pacific American Advisory Group

The purpose of the Advisory Group is to ensure that the County Executive is well informed of and able to act effectively to respond to the needs and concerns of Asian Pacific Americans living and/or working in Montgomery County. 

Asian Pacific American Advisory Group members with County Executive Ike Leggett and Councilmember Roger Berliner at the 2015 APA Month Heritage Celebration at the Rockville Library

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Asian Pacific American Advisory Group - Member List 2015

Surjeet Ahluwalia

Tufail Ahmad

Ishani Chowdhury

Manjula Dissanayake

Kamala Edwards

Helen (Xiaohui) He

Song Hutchins (Co-Chair)

Rajika Jayatilake

Leo Kim

Ram Konda

Zenobia Lai

Wonro Lee

Chih-Hsiang Li

Rose Li

Sam Murkherjee

Asoka Ranaweera

Corinna Shen

Ashima Talwar

Tho Tran

Stan Tsai (Co-Chair)

Sovan Tun

Tufail Ahmad
Montgomery County Muslim Council
Potomoc, MD

Tufail AhmadTufail Ahmad was born in Allahabad, India. He received his Master in Commerce degree from Allahabad University in 1958 and migrated to Pakistan later the same year to become a Professor in a college in Karachi. In 1961, he was selected for the Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service where he served until 1973. From 1968 to 1971, he was honored to represent the Pakistan audit team at the United Nations in New York. In 1973, he migrated to the USA where he joined a shipping company and worked there until 1978. In 1979, he founded his own international shipping and trading company. He retired from the daily operations of the company in 2000.

Mr. Ahmad serves a founding Board Member of the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, which is actively engaged in charitable and social work in the County. He also serves as an Advisor to the Montgomery County Muslim Council, which is focused on getting American Muslims involved in the political process at the National, State, and County levels. Mr. Ahmad is also a Board Member of the Asian Advisory Council of Montgomery County.

Mr. Ahmad is involved in enhancing the dialogue among different ethnic and religious communities within the County. He has successfully worked to establish an effective dialogue between the Muslin and Jewish communities as a part of his effort to bring the communities together. Mr. Ahmad is involved with the Democratic Party in Montgomery County and served as Chair of the District 15 Caucus, and has also served as Precinct Chair. In 2004, he received the Dean Peacock Award for Precinct Official of the year.

Kamala Edwards
Indian American Leadership Council
Silver Spring, MD

Helen (Xiaohui) He
Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations
Gaithersburg, MD

Wonro Lee (Co-Chair)
Korean American Chamber of Commerce
Gaithersburg, MD

Wonro LeeWonro Lee is the President & CEO of JG Merchant Sales & Services and JG Telecommunications, Inc. JG Merchant Sales & Services is one of the largest ATM distributing companies in the nation, and has been a leader in EFT distribution for the past ten years. JG Merchant Sales & Services' footprint covers the Eastern Region of the United States. JG Merchant Sales & Services is also in all Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration branches and in the Maryland Transit Administration Metro locations in Baltimore. JG Telecommunications, Inc. provides fiber optic access and LAN design for the state & federal government and medium to large communities. Wonro Lee serves a board member of the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce, USA, and on the board of the Korean American Foundation - Maryland branch, which promotes Korea and American cultural diversity and trade. He is also serving as the current president of the Foundation for Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce.


Asoka Ranaweera
Sri Lankan Community of Greater WDC
Derwood, MD

Mr. Asoka Ranaweera is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grid2Grid Networks Powered by People. Grid2Grid provides customized market entry and project development solutions for clients in emerging markets with a focus on Africa. Asoka leads all client initiatives for Grid2Grid providing strategic counsel and in person representation. He worked as head of research and analysis for a company that provided political-risk advice to the board of Lucent Technologies. Asoka was also the head of business research and development for a global investment group that worked in numerous countries including China, Brazil, Russia and Turkey. He has more than ten years of experience in developing complex international investment projects. His practical business experience is augmented by significant public affairs and public relations experience in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for promoting bilateral relations between the US and a number of countries.

Asoka holds a bachelor's degree in Development Economics (University of East Anglia, UK), a Masters degree in International Relations (University of East Anglia, UK) and a Masters in Investment and Trade (George Mason University, USA).

Stan Tsai
Rockville, MD

Sovan TunSovan Tun
Cambodian Buddhist Society
Silver Spring, MD

Dr. Sovan Tun is presently working at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency in charge of investigating discrimination in employment. Previously, he has worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the American Chemical Society, and at the University of Maryland. Before he left Cambodia, he was a member of the National Economic Advisory Council of President Lon Nol of Cambodia. Dr. Sovan Tun received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tennessee. In Cambodia, he received his Licence-en-Droit (Law degree) from the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences in Phnom Penh.

As a volunteer, Dr. Sovan Tun is President of the Cambodian Buddhist Society, Inc. at a Temple in Silver Spring, Maryland. He teaches Buddhism and chanting to the Cambodian youth in the Temple's Sunday School. He is Advisor to the International Buddhist Committee of Washington DC area. He is also Vice President of the Washington DC Buddhist Network. Dr. Tun is active in working with leaders of other religious faiths. He is a member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the InterFaith Conference (IFC) of metropolitan Washington. He is a member of the Pastoral Care of Washington Adventist Hospital in Montgomery County. Recently, he joined the Board of Global Peace Services USA.


Asian Advisory Group Documents

  • Purpose and Tasks of the Asian and Pacific American Advisory Group (DOC)
  • APAAG Recommendations to the County Executive - Fiscal Year 2011 (DOC)
  • Meeting Summary of the Asian Advisory Group Retreat (DOC)