Sonjui L. Kumar is a founding member in the law firm of Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee, LLC. She has been a practicing attorney for the past twenty one years, originally practicing in Hartford, Connecticut and since 1995 in Georgia. Attorney Kumar is a frequent speaker on issues relating to women and minorities in the profession, small and solo firm practice and business development. She is an active member of the South Asian community in Georgia and nationally. She is the Immediate Past President of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), having served on its Executive Committee for the past four years. She is also a founding Trustee of the NASABA Foundation. Ms. Kumar is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), Atlanta Chapter. She has previously served as an at-large representative on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia. She was awarded the State Bar of Georgia’s 2008 Commitment to Equality Award and later served on the selection committee for that award. She is a Past President and Board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA) and an active member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL). In addition, Ms. Kumar is a member of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Kumar graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in West Hartford, Connecticut. She lives with her husband in Roswell, Georgia and has two daughters.
Kimberly Bourroughs is a chief senior assistant district attorney at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In the Public Integrity Unit, Kimberly works with a team of other senior level prosecutors and experienced investigators to handle the investigation and prosecution of cases involving public officials, corruption in County or City government, and law enforcement officers, as well as the review of all law enforcement-related shootings or incidents involving injury to civilians. Prior to joining the Fulton County DA’s Office, Kimberly was an associate in the Atlanta office of Schiff Hardin LLP where she practiced in the General Litigation Group and on the firm’s National Appellate Team. At Schiff, Kimberly also worked closely with former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as Chief of Staff. Kimberly began her legal career in public service as a prosecutor in DeKalb and Clayton Counties, and previously worked at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several policy organizations in Washington, DC before attending law school.
Raised in the Atlanta area, Kimberly obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Howard University in Washington, DC, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia. As a long time competitor and supporter of mock trial programs for students, Kimberly volunteers her much of her time as an attorney-coach for the DeKalb Early College Academy mock trial team and works with other college and law school teams. She is also active in the leadership of several professional and non-profit organizations, including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Gate City Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association, the Metro Atlanta Youth Football League, and other organizations throughout Georgia. Kimberly enjoys running, tennis, SEC college football, cooking, traveling, and her dog, “Harry Winston.”
Professor Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. She is a member of the Community Psychology Program and an Affiliate of the Partnership for Urban Health Research.
As a community psychologist, she investigates the impact of different settings (e.g., schools, neighborhoods) on the healthy development of minority youth, particularly racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants and refugees. In addition to setting-level factors, her research addresses how cultural, historical, social, and political factors affect the well-being of minority youth. Her most recent research focuses on understanding the antecedents and consequences of civic engagement for minority youth. Specifically, her work investigates (1) how Asian American youth develop an interest in and commitment to civic engagement, (2) the impact of civic engagement on promoting successful transition to adulthood among Asian American youth, and (3) the effect of school-based service-learning on promoting academic engagement and preventing problem behaviors among immigrant and first-generation college students. The goal with this program of research is to explore how minority youth interact with their settings to affect positive change in their lives and in their communities.
Tressa Copenhaver is Assistant General Counsel for Equifax Inc. where she provides business-focused legal advice to senior leadership in sales, marketing, and operations on all aspects of commercial law and support for day-to-day business matters, including legal analysis on the rights and obligations of the corporation. She provides strategic direction and leadership on sophisticated, complex enterprise deals and her flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs makes her a trusted business partner. Serving as an integral member of the business team, Tressa enjoys the creative process of structuring deals and developing innovative contractual agreements in support of sales, sourcing, teaming, and alliance activities.
Prior to joining Equifax, Tressa was a well respected member of the legal departments at ADP, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Tressa earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law where she was a Notes and Comment Editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. Tressa received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona in Philosophy. She is an active member of the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association and enjoys volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.
Ambreen Delawalla is Executive Director and Senior Legal Counsel with AT&T Services, Inc. She advises the business on retail operations and other compliance matters. Ambreen has previously served on the boards of the Georgia Pacific American Bar Association, the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention. She lives in Decatur with her husband and two boys.
Ms. Le Dam Doan has served as the Chair for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Gala from 2010 to 2016 and Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) since 2013 to 2014. APAC Georgia is a federation of over 15 multicultural Asian organizations in metro Atlanta that was established to increase pride in the Asian culture, promote civic engagement of Asian Americans, and protect the interest of Asian Americans. In addition to her leadership at APAC Georgia, she currently holds the following positions. Ms. Doan has dedicated a lifetime of service to the immigrant and refugee community. Prior to coming to Georgia, Ms. Doan provided assistance to immigration humanitarian programs for refugees throughout California for more than 30 years. She was part of a taskforce on hate crimes and affirmative action in California. When Vietnamese refugees arrived in California from 1975 to 1996, Ms. Doan volunteered for Red Cross and Food for the Hungry. Further, she volunteered at Camp Pendleton and Camp Weimar Medical Center “Hope Village,” relocation camps for Vietnamese refugees. Her service work in refugee camps extended internationally to countries throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Ms. Doan was born and raised in Vietnam, and now lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia with her 18-year old son Nam, her husband Tinh Doan, and her mother.
Shuaib Hanief is the CEO of Solmation LLC, a technology consulting firm. Along with providing software and hardware solutions for fortune 500 companies and small businesses, He works with nonprofit organizations to diagnose and improve their organizational and leadership performance. He has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering and dropped out of his PhD program to finish his Master of Public Administrator in Non-Profits.
His accomplishments in the non-profit and entrepreneurial area include being a founding member a Charter school in Roswell, founding a popular cruise travel agency, a partner in a non-profit consulting firm, running a media company that benefits the local community, providing software as a service products for physicians, leading a midsize non-profit organization as an Executive Director and serving a few organizations in advisory and board capacity. Shuaib is a long-time resident of Atlanta, and he live with his wife and four children in Lawrenceville, and also serves as a Boy Scouts committee chair.
Marian Liou is the Founder of We Love BuHi, a social enterprise whose mission is promoting the economic and community development of the Buford Highway corridor. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Columbia University School of Law.
Marian is a long-time resident of Atlanta and a mother of two In addition to serving on the board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta, she volunteers with the Cross Keys Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative and The Children's School, an independent school in Midtown Atlanta.
Cassandra is the Senior Director, Supply Chain Management at Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia. Cassandra is responsible for assisting with the development of supply chain management strategies to optimize Cox Automotive’s third party spend. She is also very heavily involved in the organization’s supplier diversity initiative. She has brought the same level of commitment and collaborative spirit to this position as in her previous position with Cox Communications as a full time employee in the Finance Process Improvement group.
Prior to joining Cox as an employee, Cassandra spent over 15 years working as a consultant primarily focused on systems implementation, best practices, project management, and process improvement. In her consulting role, Cassandra’s track record of superb client orientation included focusing on delivering results to her clients using change management strategies, leadership, and systematic thinking. As a system thinker, she has been able to drive decision making by understanding the interconnectedness of issues and focusing on the impact that her solution may have on other parts of the system.
Cassandra earned her Bachelor’s in Business with honors from Clark Atlanta University. She received her Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She holds certifications in accounting (CPA) and project management (PMP). Cassandra has been living in Atlanta for almost 30 years and is committed to improving her community. She participates in various community activities from Habitat projects, Special Olympics projects, Project Open Hand and more recently with Trees of Atlanta. She is also a Year Up mentor, and enjoys traveling with her family.
Ben Yin is the Co-Founder and Principal of Generations Financial, a company that provides individuals and families with estate planning, financial planning and risk management strategies. Born and rasied in Dunwoody, GA, Ben is a true native Atlantan. He received a dual concentration BBA (Marketing, Communications) from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a dual concentration MBA (Marketing, International Business) from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.
A member agent of the Million Dollar Roundtable (the top 1% of financial services professionals), New York Life’s prestigious Chairman’s Council (2014), and the Nautilus Group® a service of New York Life Insurance Company, Ben seeks to understand each client’s specific goals. Then he develops customized plans to help businesses flourish, to give families security and assurance, and to build enduring legacies.
He is honored to be a part of New York Life’s Agent’s Advisory Council (AAC) where he has been elected by his fellow agents to discuss the state of the company with New York Life executives.
Ben is married to his middle school sweetheart, Jennifer, and they have a three-year-old son, Matthew, and newborn, Matty.