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Mayor Gloria Announces Appointees to Asian-Pacific Islander Advisory Group



SAN DIEGO – As a part of his commitment to ensure more diversity, inclusion, and equity in the City of San Diego, Mayor Todd Gloria announced today the formation of his administration’s Asian-Pacific Islander (API) Advisory Group and the selection of 15 outstanding San Diegans who will make up this group of API advisers.


“San Diego is home to a rich and diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community. Having a ‘San Diego for all of us’ means hearing all voices, so I’m particularly proud to announce this API advisory group so we can better address the issues and concerns of our API residents,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “We have been able to assemble such an accomplished group of individuals who will strengthen our efforts to create a more inclusive San Diego.” 


The focus of this advisory group will be to assist in guiding Mayor Gloria’s administration in tackling the unique challenges facing API communities. The 15 initial members of Mayor Gloria’s Asian-Pacific Islander Advisory Group are:


Dr. Allen Chan

Dr. Allen W. Chan is a practicing chiropractor and the owner of Jasmine Seafood Restaurant. He is the co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) and was a key member of the redistricting process that created the new boundaries for City Council District 6, which includes communities such as Mira Mesa, Kearny Mesa and Clairemont. Dr. Chan is the charter president of the San Diego United Lions Club, and also serves on the boards of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, APAC, Convoy District Partnership, US China Cultural and Economic Collaboratives, and serves on San Diego’s Kearny Mesa Community Plan Update Subcommittee. His community and charity work serve to empower the various Asian ethnic communities in San Diego and those less fortunate around the globe.  Dr. Chan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and Doctor of Chiropractic.


Ron Cho

Ron Cho is the current President of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association – San Diego Chapter. He has over 25 years of technology, progressive management and operational experience and has helped to lead venture-backed startup companies like Arbor Software and Ariba, Inc.  With a proven track record in creating high-performance technology teams from the ground up, Cho actively participates in venture capital financing and private equity deals focusing on emerging companies. Cho currently serves on the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Board and Regional Oversight Committee. He previously served on the City of San Diego Citizen’s Equal Opportunity Commission and Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Board.


JoAnn Fields

JoAnn Fields is a second-generation Filipino immigrant and advocate for communities of color in the South Bay area. She founded the Lumpia Club Luncheon, a Filipino-American professionals’ network that meets monthly to discuss concerns within the community. She is also the public relations director for the Asian Pacific Islander Initiative, where most recently, she helped ensure the API community was counted in the census and advocated for disaggregated data during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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