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Prominent APA Women in the 2010s

Constance Tianming Wu
is an American actress. She began her career playing supporting roles in independent films, before her breakthrough role as Jessica Huang in the ABC comedy series Fresh Off the Boat.







Daphne Kwok is the Vice President of Multicultural Markets & Engagement, Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience for AARP. Since joining AARP in 2013, Ms. Kwok has led AARP’s work in bringing to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community all its programs and benefits for people 50 years and older. President Obama appointed Ms. Kwok to Chair his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders from 2010 to 2014 and which she now serves as a Commissioner. For 11 years, Daphne served as Executive Director of OCA.





Nimrata “Nikki” Haley is an American politician and diplomat. She served as a member of the South Carolina House Representatives from 2005 until January 2011, when she was elected as the 116th Governor of South Carolina. Haley is the first female Governor of Southern California and the second Indian-American to serve as a governor in the U.S. In 2016, Time magazine named Haley among “The 100 Most Influential People.” Currently, she serves as the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations.






Priscilla Chan is an American philanthropist and pediatrician. As of 2015, Chan and her husband, Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook), have pledged more than $1.6 billion to charities, including donations to the San Francisco General Hospital, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In December 2015, Chan and her husband pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to the Chan and Zuckerberg Foundation, which focuses on promoting health and education. Despite her low profile, Chan’s charitable actions have left lasting impacts in the health, education, and science industries.






Tina Tchen is an Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Michelle Obama. She is also the Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls and was the past Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Previously, she was a partner in corporate litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she represented public agencies in state and federal class actions in Illinois. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois in 1999, the “Women of Achievement” award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1996, and Chicago Lawyer “Person of the Year in 1994.


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