Advisory Board 2015-2016

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Stuart Ishimaru (Assistant Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, CFPB)
The OMWI works to promote diversity at the CFPB and at the financial institutions it regulates. Previously, Stuart was a Commissioner at the EEOC, serving as Acting Chair from January 20, 2009 until April 7, 2010. Prior to joining the EEOC, Stuart served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice between 1999 and 2001. Before that, he served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division for five years. In 1993, Stuart was appointed by President Clinton to be the Acting Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1984-1993 served on the professional staffs of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and two House Armed Services Subcommittees of the U.S. Congress. Stuart received NAPABA’s Trailblazer Award in 2010 and APABA-DC’s Pioneer Award in 2012.

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Ankur Shah (Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac)
Ankur is the Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia. In that role, he is responsible for IP portfolio development, patent prosecution, licensing and litigation as well as copyright, trademark and trade secret matters. He joined Freddie Mac in 2005 as its first in-house IP counsel. While in private practice, he was an attorney in the Washington, DC office of Foley & Lardner where his practice included counseling a wide range of public and private companies on patents, licensing and other intellectual property matters. Ankur is a former APABA-DC board member and currently serves on the board of directors for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

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Florence Pan (Associate Judge, DC Superior Court)
Following her clerkships, Judge Pan spent one year as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice. She then served in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice, and as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 1999, Judge Pan joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Pan prosecuted homicides and other violent crimes in the Superior Court, as well as organized-crime and narcotics-trafficking cases in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. From 2007 to 2009, Judge Pan served as Deputy Chief of the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she supervised criminal appeals in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is the recipient of the 2011 APABA-DC Member Appreciation Award.

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Willard Tom (Partner, Morgan Lewis)
Will is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Antitrust Practice. Will has worked in the antitrust field for more than 30 years, both in private practice and in government. In private practice, he has counseled and represented clients in merger and nonmerger matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), state attorneys general, and federal courts. Will returned to Morgan Lewis in 2013 after serving for more than three years as General Counsel of the FTC, where he was the agency's chief legal officer and advisor. In this position, he and his deputies represented the FTC in court and provided legal counsel to the FTC, the operating bureaus, and other offices. Earlier in his career, Will served as a deputy director of the FTC Bureau of Competition, overseeing the agency’s nonmerger enforcement efforts, as well as patent antitrust and health care cases. He also previously served as counselor to the head of the DOJ's antitrust division, a role that included responsibility over matters concerning intellectual property, vertical restraints and telecommunications. Will has been an active supporter of APABA-DC and other APA organizations.

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Linda Mar Weidman (Vice President & Senior Counsel, Marriott International)
Linda is currently Vice President & Senior Counsel - International Lodging Development, at Marriott International, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to her position at Marriott, she was Senior Counsel at Bechtel Power Corporation, where she worked primarily on international project financed power generation projects, and prior to that she was an attorney in private practice in the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley & Austin. Linda also formerly served as APABA-DC President; Vice President-Finance of NAPABA; President of the NAPABA Law Foundation; AEF board member; and General Counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. She is currently Chair of the National Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC.

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Francey Lim Youngberg (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement for HUD)
Francey is responsible for strategic engagement between the Secretary of HUD and key stakeholders. Her office also plays a coordinating role for the Secretary and the Department in activities conducted by the White House Office of Public Engagement. She also serves as the HUD representative to the White House Initiative on AAPIs. Prior to joining HUD, Francey Lim advised clients on cultural competency, research into AAPI issues, diversity management, minority recruitment, grant writing, grant management, and fundraising. She worked with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, the D.C. Government, the Metro Police Department and federal agencies. Prior to consulting, Ms. Youngberg was a tax attorney for Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, and Hogan & Hartson in D.C. After leaving private practice, she worked as an attorney in the international division of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. and later became the founding Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)) under the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta. She is a former APABA-DC and AEF President, and a NAPABA Trailblazer Award recipient.

 
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