Asian Pacific American Council

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The Asian Pacific American Council serves as University of Arizona ambassadors, working collaboratively with university leadership to support the institution’s mission. Our end goal is to significantly increase the enrollment and graduation of students that represent our diverse communities and who are well equipped to achieve professional, career, and life success in a highly competitive local, national, and global marketplace.

We are committed to serving as a communications conduit between Southern Arizona’s Asian Pacific American communities and the UA. We also value and welcome your input. Please email your questions, suggestions, or comments. Contact us:

Karla Morales
Program Coordinator, Sr., Government and Community Relations
T 520-621-5522

Initiatives for 2015/2016

  • Assist the UA to develop and offer an Asian Pacific American Studies course: A hallmark of a strong public research institution is to offer all students the opportunity to learn about the people who have contributed to the rich history and accomplishments of our nation and state. While the UA offers courses and degrees in other ethnic studies programs, it does not offer a course in Asian Pacific American Studies. 
  • A speed-networking event between council members and students in the spring. 

Council Members

Peter Chan
New York Life
Peter has been with New York Life Insurance since 1989 and has held various positions. Peter has Extensive knowledge in Retirement and financial planning as well as wealth transfer strategies. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1989 with a degree in business administration and an MBA from Eller graduate school of Management.

Daisy Rodriguez Pitel
Daisy earned her BA in Speech Communication at San Francisco State University, her MA in College Student Personnel at New York University, and her PhD in Higher Education Administration at Indiana University. She has worked in higher education for over 15 years, working in public and private institutions throughout the US.

Cecilia (Ceci) Lou Alter
Retired Educator

Tsuru Bailey Jones
TUSD, Director APASS

Patrick Contredas
Education Consultant

Ross Iwamoto
Retired, Raytheon

Abe Lai
Insurance Broker

Marie Lankford
Military, Flight Chief

Sylvia Lee
Retired Educator/ PCC Board member

Jennifer Pham
UA Alumna, Our Family Service/Center for Community Dialogue
Jennifer Pham is a U of A alumna. She received her Bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Human Development in 2013 and is currently working towards her Masters in Social Work at the ASU program in Tucson. She eventually wants to get her LCSW and become a Family and Marriage Counselor. She enjoys learning about different ways to communicate with others and has been trained in Nonviolent Communication and Mediation. 

Vicente Reid
Arizona Asian American & Pacific Islander Democratic Caucus

Myungwoo Son
Korean Arizona Trade Office
Myung-Woo Son graduated from Eller College of Management in 2014 and studied Business Management. He is currently working for U-Chang Plant Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd, as a manager. He also works for Korea Arizona Trade Office LLC.   

Cindy Tang Klingberg
Raytheon, Engineering


Asian Pacific American Student Affairs

Asian American Faculty Staff and Alumni Association


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