Washington, D.C. – The Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund (AEF) today announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors and the election of five officers.

  • Madeline Dang, President
  • Adam Tsao, Vice President
  • Neesha Kulkarni, Treasurer
  • Huy Le, Secretary
  • Lauren Ige, Communications Director
  • Umber Aggarwal, Director
  • Youngeun “January” Kim, Director
  • Yifan Wang, Director
  • Yiyang Wu, Director

“We are very pleased to welcome Umber, Lauren, Neesha, Huy, and Adam to the AEF board and thank the outgoing board members, Minsuk Han, Enoch Chang, Tracey Fung, Amrita Singh, and David Yin for their outstanding service for the last two years,” said Madeline Dang, President of AEF. The AEF Board consists of nine directors who are appointed each June to serve two-year terms. The newly appointed directors will serve until June 2021, along with the four continuing directors, Madeline Dang, Youngeun “January” Kim, Yifan Wang, and Yiyang Wu, who will serve until June 2020.

“Last academic year, AEF celebrated its 25 years of giving since its foundation in 1993. We are thankful for the strong legacy we inherited from the 25 AEF Boards that came before us, and we are excited about the tremendous energy and inspiration that the new board will bring to the AEF,” said Minsuk Han, the immediate past president of AEF.

AEF will accept applications to join the 2020-2021 Board of Directors in May 2020. “AEF received applications from highly qualified attorneys in the area who are so motivated to give back to the community,” said Madeline Dang. “We thank everyone who applied. This level of engagement will ensure the success of AEF for years to come.”

Since 1993, AEF has awarded approximately $300,000 in fellowships and grants to support law students whose work benefits the Asian Pacific American (APA) community or the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at large. AEF’s educational programs throughout the year are aimed at bringing together APA attorneys and law students in the area and promoting diversity in legal profession. “We are very thankful to all of our donors, sponsors, and participating attorneys who have given their time and money to further AEF’s mission,” commented Madeline Dang.

AEF is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area in 1993 to engage exclusively in charitable and educational activities. Funding for AEF comes from generous donations from national corporations, law firms, individuals, and the Annual Benefit Dinner. For more information on AEF, visit

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