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The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association connects and supports USC alumni of Asian Pacific origin/descent (encompassing ethnicities from Asia and the Pacific Rim) with the university and one another lifelong and worldwide through meaningful and relevant programs.
The APAA board of directors is comprised of committees focusing on signature events, networking events, scholarship awards, advancement and communications. To learn more about a committee or get involved, please click here.
APAA was originally founded as the Asian Pacific American Support Group (APASG) by Irene Hirano MPA '73, Frank Kwan '71, Kenneth Kasamatsu '68, Alan Kumamoto (1st APASG President), Dennis Kunisaki, Mary Kurushima, Michael Matsuda '82, Sarah Miyahira and Karen Wong JD '86. Chartered in 1982, the APASG organized alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who were committed to quality services to Asian Pacific American USC undergraduates.
From its inception, the APASG has built a strong relationship with the office of Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS), which coordinates programs to meet a range of needs of Asian Pacific students. The first director of APASS was J.D. Hokoyama, who originated many of the programs still in operation today. Since 1984, the APASG annually distributed $35,000 to $40,000 in scholarships to students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage. We’ve grown since then and this year, APAA awarded $184,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding USC undergraduate and graduate students.
Grace A. Shiba
Grace A. Shiba joined the USC Alumni Association in February 2005 and is responsible for engaging our Asian Pacific alumni, as well as recruiting alumni leaders. Grace served on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors for eight years, was a past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific Alumni Association, Skull and Dagger Honorary Society. Grace holds a BA degree from Letters, Arts, and Science from USC. Her community involvement is exemplary, holding board, committee and event chair positions with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and is currently their Senior Vice President, Vice President of the Japanese American Treaty Centennial Scholarship Fund, the JCC Foundation and serves on the Aurora Foundation’s Annual Gala committee.
Alex Chang is the Associate Director of Alumni Relations focusing on Asian Pacific American and international alumni programs. Alex joined the Alumni Association and the APAA in January 2007, and is primarily responsible for the planning, development and implementation of events and programs that service USC’s Asian Pacific alumni and students. He also supports all of the USC Alumni Association’s signature programs. Alex brings with him extensive knowledge in community relations, marketing and event coordination; having served in these capacities with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). He comes to the APAA directly from Party Planners West, Inc. where he coordinated large-scale corporate events. He graduated with a BS from USC Marshall School of Business and holds an MA degree in kinesiology & sport management from Cal State Long Beach.
Angela Teng is the Manager of the Asian Pacific Alumni Association. With her previous roles in marketing communications and design in various industries for the last 10 years, Angela brings her expertise in creative design and writing, public and media relations, and marketing and social media strategies to USC. She joined the USC Alumni Association in September of 2013 and is responsible for helping with the planning, implementation, and management of specific public relations events, activities, projects and programs to enhance the public’s awareness of the APAA. She is also charged with producing marketing and informational materials as well as managing the digital and social media assets for the APAA. Angela graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Political Science and Chinese Studies in 2000 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association