Our Board Members provide critical thought leadership for the AAPI Leaders Forum.
Chief Executive Officer
Lorna Randlett is the Founder and CEO of the Leader’s Forum, a C-suite Asian American Pacific Islander executive think tank engaged in public policy. Commissioner for the White House Initiative for Asian American Pacific Islanders. Former, strategic communications specialist and external relations manager for the global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Served the Advanced Industries, Knowledge, Strategy, Public Sector, Infrastructure, Higher Education & Social Sector practices. Also served the West Coast/Mid-Atlantic regions. Areas of concentration include global media, thought leadership/stake-holder cultivation and pro-bono & client engagements for nonprofit organizations. Experienced leader/advisor in presentation and media/strategic communications for directors and partners. Specialization in client relationships and management in high profile c-suite client events.
CEO of NextFuels – Founder and President of Dashboard Tech
Wade Randlett is the CEO of NextFuels. For the previous decade, Mr. Randlett co-founded and served as a senior executive for a variety of bio-diesel enterprises. Prior to his work in renewable fuels, Mr. Randlett co-founded Technology Network, Silicon Valley's bi-partisan political action committee. He was responsible for the strategy and execution of TechNet's federal and state agenda. Mr. Randlett negotiated with the White House and Congress over issues including securities litigation reform, H1-B Visa expansion, China MFN status, and FASB stock option treatment. Among his outside activities, Mr. Randlett served on the Obama-Biden transition team. He was later appointed twice to four-year terms by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) to the United States Trade Representative, from which he holds Top Secret security clearance. In addition, Mr. Randlett is a member of the College Promise Campaign National Advisory Board, tasked with working closely with Honorary Chair Dr. Jill Biden to advocate for free community college across the country. Mr. Randlett was the first outside Board of Directors member of E-Loan (Nasdaq: EELN), serving through its IPO, on its audit committee, and until its $425 million all-cash acquisition by Banco Popular.
Tianyi Joe Zhu
Managing Partner of Playground Capital
Tianyi Joe Zhu (朱天怡) is a 2017 AABDC 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business award recipient. He is an international entrepreneur and angel investor. Tianyi is the Managing Partner of Playground Capital, a joint-venture investment holding with China’s largest playground and leisure conglomerate. He is a co-founder/partner in SmartHealth Ventures. Recently SmartHealth announced in partnership with Rosalind Franklin University to build a $50 million, four story, 100,000 square foot biotech innovation park. Tianyi Joe Zhu is also a co-founder of West Suburban Angels and is the chairman of the Zhu Holdings Group Company which launched Cooper China, and recently had its grand opening of a 250,000 sq. ft health clinic in Nanjing, China. Tianyi is a proverbial serial entrepreneur getting his start in entrepreneurship when he was in college, where he founded an eastern medicine supplier and has recorded exits in both his ventures as well as investments. Tianyi was recognized by Hennessy's with their "Never Stop, Never Settle" entrepreneurship award, was a University of Illinois Alumni Association: UIAAAN Featured Alumni, and received the honor in 2015 of Mandarin Leader for Entrepreneurship. In his personal life, Tianyi is a professional boxer, has competed in the 2008 Chinese Olympic Trials, trained with the Chinese National Team, and was an IKF Amateur Thai Boxing World Champion
Zheng Yu Huang
Chairman and Founder of Yu Capital
Zheng Yu Huang is the chairman and founder of Yu Capital, an end-to-end investment firm focused on education and healthcare and a trusted partner to Chinese investors as well as development and investment professional in the United States. In addition to his works with Yu Capital, Huang is the founder of Viewfind Inc., which is now the world’s largest network of photojournalists.
Zheng obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and graduated with honors. He also obtained a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He is fluent in Chinese and conversant in German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Co-Founder of Queue
Tejal Shah is the Co-Founder of Queue, a new startup helping give foodies flexibility to dine at great places while benefitting restaurants. Prior to Queue, she was the Founder & CEO of KidAdmit, a US based marketplace for children’s schools & programs. She has raised funding from well known institutional venture capitalists. Tejal also co-founded Peninsula Wealth, an independent wealth management firm. She has 15+ years of professional experience to building successful businesses and her passion lies in consumer products and marketplaces. Tejal holds an engineering degree from University of Rochester as well as a 2nd degree black belt in Karate.