Meet the Board

A volunteer Board of Directors from the local Asian American community oversees MAP’s work, and includes physicians, lawyers, public health experts, and Asian American community leaders. Meet and find out more about MAP’s Board of Directors.

 
 
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Melissa Wong

Chair, Board of Directors

Melissa Wong is an attorney at Holland & Knight, LLP and is a member of the firm's national Healthcare & Life Sciences Team and Corporate M&A group. She advises clients in various sectors on healthcare regulatory matters, on fraud, abuse and compliance matters, and on corporate transactional matters. She is looking forward to the opportunity to work on health access and disparity issues in the Asian-American community, particularly in the areas of mental health and organ transplantation.

Melissa is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations, and an honors graduate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Prior to her legal career, Melissa was a Senior Manager of Strategy and Business Development with American Express. She developed and drove new sales and account expansion opportunities for the top global clients in the corporate portfolio. Melissa also has extensive experience in marketing and risk management consulting.

Melissa originally hails from New Jersey and has lived in Philadelphia, New York City, and Hartford before settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 
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Elisa Choi

Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors

Dr. Choi has been an active member of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community for many years, and is the longest-serving member of the Board of Directors of MAP for Health. She has formerly served as Secretary/Clerk and Chair for MAP for Health’s Board of Directors, and currently is the Board Chair Emeritus.

Dr. Choi holds numerous Board leadership positions in other non-profit organizations which support the API community of the state in various ways, including serving as the current Vice-Chairperson of the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of MA. As a State-appointed Commissioner, she also serves as the Co-Chair of the Asian American Commission’s Healthcare subcommittee, and plays a prominent role in the planning and programming of healthcare-related events and activities for the Commission.

Dr. Choi is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and practices both as an Internist and as an Infectious Disease, HIV, and Hepatitis infection specialist. She has published articles, written book chapters, and lectured regionally and nationally on various Infectious Disease, HIV, and healthcare-related topics. Dr. Choi has a particular interest in providing culturally competent care of health issues affecting Asian-Pacific Islander and minority populations.

 
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Albert M. Chan

Board Member

Albert M. Chan holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Electrical Engineering. Since 2004, he has worked at Vanu, Inc. where he works on wireless communication systems. He has authored a number of papers and holds several U.S. patents. Albert is the recipient of the MIT Frederick C. Hennie III Award for Teaching Excellence, an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, the General Electric Canada Special Award in Recognition of Engineering Leadership, and a Canada Scholarship.

Albert is also an accomplished actor, filmmaker, and acting coach. Albert’s film and TV roles include 30 Rock, Law & Order SVU, Body of Proof, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and he has acted opposite Helen Hunt, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Justin Long, Larry David, Cybill Shepherd, and Mariska Hargitay. As a filmmaker, Albert's film The Commitment, based on his experiences as a gay Asian man adopting a baby, has screened at over 25 film festivals on four continents and won multiple awards. Albert’s most recent film, Descendants of the Past, Ancestors of the Future, stars Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Tina Chen, and is based on his family's immigration from Asia to North America. Albert is the founder of Aspiral Acting Studio, where he teaches acting.

Albert previously served on the steering committee of the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), the oldest Asian queer organization in the United States.

 
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Diana Hwang
Board Member

Diana Hwang is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative, the only political leadership organization for Asian-American women in Massachusetts and the country. Diana was formerly the Chief of Staff to Boston City Councillor At-Large John Connolly. Before that, she worked at the State House as the Executive Director of the Caucus of Women Legislators and as the Legislative Aide to late State Representative Debby Blumer (D-Framingham)

Diana currently serves on the Executive Board of the Boston Women’s Fund. She also serves on the External Advisory Board of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Diana is originally from Houston, Texas and graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Sociology.

 
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Deborah Lee

Board Secretary/Clerk

Deborah Lee is a Grant Manager at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Debbie brings years of experience as a grant manager and writer to MAP for Health. A former teacher and proposal developer, she aims to help expand MAP’s mission and outreach towards narrowing health disparities in the API community in Massachusetts.

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Debbie grew up in the immigrant community and took an interest in helping Asian families assimilate to the American culture after having shared in struggles of her own as a first-generation Korean American. She has provided English/Korean translational services to Boston-area schools, and has worked with Asian American youth in Worcester, Massachusetts.

She holds a M.Ed. from Boston College and a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston University.