Wenda Fong, LF Co-Chair
Wenda Fong is a well-respected producer and director of television and live events with a remarkable track record as an executive and community force. She began her career in television during her senior year at the University of Southern California as the producer and host of her own live, talk show series in Los Angeles. Ms. Fong can claim credit on over hundreds of primetime television programs ranging from all-star variety specials, award shows, live spectaculars, sitcoms, talk shows to documentaries including four Emmy telecasts, five Disney specials, seven specials with four Presidents and TV specials with Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Prince and even Elvis Presley. She has launched productions across the United States and around the world. In 2001, she joined FOX as its first Vice President of Creative Diversity Development where she created and launched its successful diversity initiatives. In 2002 in addition to her diversity responsibilities, she was appointed to oversee American Idol. In 2003, she was promoted to Vice President of Alternative Entertainment. While at FOX for more than 13 years, she supervised all reality series and specials which represented thousands of hours of television including American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef and The X Factor to name just a few. As a community leader, she co-founded CAPE, Asian Americans for Fair Media, was President of East West Players and served on the board of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists. She has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1980 and is founding co-chair and chairperson emeritus of the DGA Asian American Committee. Ms. Fong is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has most recently joined the board of California Humanities.
Albert Shen, LF Co-Chair
Albert K. Shen is the National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency. He serves as the principal advisor to MBDA National Director, Alejandra Y. Castillo, overseeing the management of the day-to- day operations of the agency. His public policy and economic development advocacy focus has raised the agency’s profile in Congress and state houses and afforded MBDA the opportunity to make its business case around the country. His passion for community development put MBDA on the ground in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson facing the aftermath of civil unrest. Agency strategic partnerships with the US Department of Justice and local leadership are accelerating the restoration of minority businesses in these distressed areas. Shen has also challenged the agency to use available technology to document the work and streamline agency processes. Prior to his appointment with MBDA, Mr. Shen was a small business owner and respected community advocate whose leadership made significant impact on some of the largest and most critical infrastructure and environmental cleanup projects in the Northwest. For his efforts Albert has consistently received accolades from industry and community organizations. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Asian American Businesses in the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and awarded the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration Region 10 Minority Champion of the Year Award.