Meet the Board:

 

The Board of Directors, its liaison and legal counsel consists of respected talented people in the business, law enforcement and community relations fields. Combined these individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that certainly will serve the foundation and its mission well.

Robert S. May - President

 

Robert May grew up in a Manhattan neighborhood called the Lower East Side. During the week, he attended high school and worked in his father's restaurant on weekends learning many aspects of a retail business. After graduating from high school, he worked as a butcher /meat manager maintaining payroll, inventory, profit margins and product control for retail sales during the day. In the evening, he attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  In 1980, Robert entered the police academy, graduating as a police officer with the Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Department. For 31 years he  remained with the department retiring as a Detective working in the Criminal Investigations Bureau.  Robert  was involved  with several community endeavors on and off duty. Robert was involved on projects with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Special Olympics program, a Red Cross family shelter among other organizations. Robert started an annual charity softball game between the NYPD and the PAPD to raise funds for several community causes. Robert & a NYPD Detective led an east coast law enforcement effort to provide needed supplies to law enforcement personnel and residents in Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Two truckloads of vital supplies were airlifted from Newark Airport to New Orleans at a time when hundreds of trucks were unable to deliver supplies as a result of impassable roadways.  When Robert  decided to retire in order to care  for a family member, he  maintained working on investigations until his last day at work. Robert went undercover for the last time as he was hired as a “hit man” to kill an individual at the request of another. Detective May uncovered a serious bio hazard case that involved a well known New York City hospital. That was his last case just before retiring.  Robert has been a member and founded several fraternal or social organizations. Robert has been a member of the NYPD Asian Jade Society, was a principal with the founding of the PA Police Asian Jade Society, and was the 1st VP of the National Asian Peace Officers Association. Robert currently is a member of the PA Shomrim  Society, the Organization of Chinese Americans and the National Police Defense Foundation. In 1997 Robert, founded the New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association and is currently their President Emeritus.  Robert has been recognized for his community service and law enforcement work by the New Jersey State Legislature, the townships of Old Bridge and Parsippany Troy Hills.  Robert has been awarded the Sheriff Harry Lee Leadership Award, the Grand Lodge Order of Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award, the NYPD 10th Precinct community service award, the Asian American for Human Services Leadership Award and the Red Cross Good Neighbor Award, among others for his law enforcement efforts and community service.  Robert in retirement continues to be active with community and law enforcement related issues.   He was  a member of a committee from the NJ Attorney General's office regarding important law enforcement related issues. He has also participated in a  project with the distinguished  Vera Institute. The project brought forth a 3 part publication which was approved by the U.S. Attorney General.  The publications, "Police Perspectives, Building Trust in a Diverse Nation" seeks to build productive relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Nelson J. Chen - Vice President

Nelson J. Chen is currently a Vice President with Morgan Stanley in New York City where he leads a team responsible for reputational due diligence investigations of clients and potential clients of Morgan Stanley.  Prior to that Mr. Chen worked for four years as a Managing Director of Actionable Intelligence Technologies (AIT), creators of Financial Investigative Systems (FIS) software. Mr. Chen was responsible for liaising with government agencies and assisting them in their applications of the FIS software. This included training in the practical applications of FIS in investigations dealing with money laundering, financial frauds and the identification of assets.  Prior to assuming his position with AIT, Mr. Chen held a number of key positions over his 28 year career with the United States Postal Service, Office of the Inspector General and the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. Mr. Chen was the Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the El Dorado Task Force in New York City which is the largest anti-money laundering task force in the world. The task force consisted of over 35 federal, state and local agencies with over 250 members. He was also responsible for the supervision of the financial intelligence unit in the New York, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) that was responsible for coordinating the flow of financial intelligence in New York. During his tenure, Mr. Chen oversaw the New York, Multi-Agency, Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Review team and the Annual Financial Crimes Symposium, a partnership between law enforcement and the financial industry to share information. During his career, Mr. Chen worked and supervised a number of complex, international money laundering investigations dealing with the Black Market Peso Exchange, a form of trade based money laundering, other forms of money laundering, frauds and terrorist financing (Ahron Sharir, Operation C-Chase, Meltdown, Wire cutter and Green Quest). His investigations brought insight into money laundering through the use of gold in the United States. He has lectured as a money laundering expert at many classes, conferences and symposiums throughout the world and received numerous commendations for his efforts during his career.  Mr. Chen began his law enforcement career as a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division in 1983 where he worked on tax evasion and bank secrecy act investigations. In 1987 he entered the United States Customs Service, the predecessor to Homeland Security Investigations as a special agent and rose through the ranks to Deputy Special Agent in Charge. He later transferred to the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and supervised the expansion of the OIG mission in the Northeast Area Office.

Jamie Yeh - Treasurer

 

Jamie Yeh began his career as Public Safety Officer and Emergency Medical Technician at Rowan University - Department of Public Safety, with responsibility of campus crime prevention program and emergency medical response. Mr. Yeh was decorated numerous times by the university administration for outstanding contribution in the area of public affairs and international relations. He was honored by the First Lady of United States, Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Senator, Honorable Bill Bradley – for being the first Asian American to receive the National Caring Award by the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Yeh was also inducted into the Frederick Douglas Museum’s Caring Hall of Fame for exceptional leadership and contribution toward community development.

 

Mr. Yeh currently serves as Director of Preparedness & Training with the New Jersey Asian American Law Enforcement Officers Association and Director of International Police Training and Exchange Program with National Police Agency of Taiwan. In such capability, Mr. Yeh provides planning and coordination for sworn members in law enforcement, emergency management, and homeland security with training directives and opportunities in the State of New Jersey.  He is also a certified instructor in community emergency response training as well as a certified Public Information Officer by the State of New Jersey.

 

At the state level, Mr. Yeh serves with various state agencies in several capabilities, including Member of New Jersey Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and CLEAR Institute on statewide law enforcement and officer training initiatives; Member of New Jersey State Police Recruitment Advisory Committee on community engagement, recruitment, and training of minority state troopers;  Member of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness Planning Group on domestic security preparedness and planning, critical infrastructure protection, and intelligence analysis; Agency Liaison with New Jersey Office of Emergency Management – Regional Operation Intelligence Center on emergency service function support 6 – Mass Care.

 

At the county level, Mr. Yeh serves as Community Preparedness Trainer by partnering with several county sheriff’s office and community organizations on several community outreach and education initiatives, including Law Enforcement Explorer Program with New Jersey Police Community Affairs Officers Association, Law Enforcement Minority Recruitment Program with Morris County Sheriff’s Office & New Jersey State Police, International Training Collaboration with Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office, Active Shooter Awareness Program with Rutgers Community Christian Church, Emergency Operation Planning with Monmouth Community Chinese Church.

 

At the municipal level, Mr. Yeh serves as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with Franklin Township Office of Emergency Management with responsibility of emergency preparedness, community engagement and outreach, and shelter operations. He also serves as Human Relations Commissioner with Franklin Township Human Relations Commission, as well as Executive Board Member of Franklin Township Hamilton Street Advisory Board, with responsibility of human rights advocacy and administration of business improve district affairs within the Township of Franklin.

 

Christopher Cho - Recording Secretary

Christopher Cho was born in Seoul Korea and came to the United States with his family at a young age.  We call it the 1.5 generation.  In a very short period of time Mr. Cho became an integral part of the family business started by his father which included a chain of delicatessens in NYC, gas stations, real estate and 7-Eleven. Mr. Cho attended Pace University and through actual hands on experience with the various family enterprises, learned of all aspects of business management and finance.  His hands on business and technical knowledge has allowed him to successfully control a diversified group of businesses. He has been recognized by Mobil Oil Corporation for being a top 50 gasoline dealer in the United States numerous times.  He has been recognized by Valero as a Platinum dealer. 

 

Mr. Cho has been volunteered his time and efforts by assisting with the NJ Korean American Businessman Association, Jersey City Korean American Senior Citizens Organization, Saint Andrew Kim Catholic Church youth group counselor, and Habit of Humanity Bergen County. He coordinated trips for senior citizens with the Jersey City mayor’s office.  He maintains and designs the website for both the NJ Asian American Law Enforcement Association and Foundation.

 

Mr. Cho has been married for 12 years to Yun Su Park and has three children Brendan, Stephanie and David.  They currently reside in Bergen County. 

 

Benjamin Choi - Esq. Legal Advisor

 

Mr. Benjamin Choi serves as the managing partner of The Choi Law Group, LLC.  He has a diverse legal practice which includes complex civil litigation, criminal law, and business transactions.  His experience in such matters includes the representation of such clients as Police Officers and State Troopers in employment, disciplinary, and criminal matters; Municipal Governments and a County Government in tax and litigation matters; as well as various small to mid-sized corporations in all aspects of business concerns and commercial litigation.  Mr. Choi has served for over thirteen years as a Municipal Prosecutor in New Jersey and currently serves a Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Hoboken, NJ and for the Borough of Avon by the Sea, NJ. He has also served as the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board Attorney for the City Hoboken.

 

Mr. Choi was admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey in 1999. His education consists of:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from Rutgers University,

  • Master of Science (MS) in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick, and

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from Rutgers Law School-Newark.

 

He has also studied criminal law at Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Mr. Choi is a former U.S. Army Officer having served in the Reserve, National Guard and Active components.  He also holds a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  He has also served as the Vice Head of Team and Legal Counsel to the 1999 United States National Tae Kwon Do Team.  He is presently Special Counsel and member of the Juridical Committee to the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.

 

In 2003, Mr. Choi was appointed by NJ Governor James McGreevey to serve as a Commissioner in the Asian American Commission of New Jersey.  In 2006, Mr. Choi Co-chaired NJ Governor Jon Corzine’s transition committee for the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs of New Jersey.  In 2008, he was appointed by Governor Corzine to serve as a board member of New Jersey’s Asian American Foundation.  He is a Barrister in the Hudson County Inns of Court and a 2003 Leadership New Jersey Alumni.  Mr. Choi is also a 2006 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

 

Mr. Choi presently serves as a President of the NexGen Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit community based scholarship and grant organization.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustee to the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. 

David Lum - Advisor                                                                       

 

David Lum was born in New York to immigrant parents. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the State University at Albany.  His first job after graduation was as an associate investigator with Pinkerton Investigation Services.  There, David first learned of surveillance, due diligence checks, and other investigative techniques.  It was during this time David discovered his passion for investigative work.  While working full time at Pinkerton, he attended postgraduate studies in Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 

Looking to utilize his accounting degree, knowledge in public administration and policy studies, as well as his investigative skills, David left Pinkerton and joined the New York State Office of Tax Enforcement as an Excise Tax Investigator.  His investigations involved cigarette, alcohol and petroleum smuggling which resulted in a number of convictions and the dismantling of an organized crime organization.

 

In 2000, David joined the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division as a Special Agent.  His field investigative assignments included investigating kickbacks schemes, violations of the foreign corrupt practice act, tax evasion, corporate fraud, cybercrime, and money laundering. His investigations have resulted in prosecutions along with tens of millions of dollars in forfeiture, seizures and restitution to the government and victims. 

 

In 2014, David was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent of the El Dorado Task Force.  As a task force manager, David oversees a multi-agency group specializing in OCDETF investigations, international financial investigations, and investigations involving complex money laundering organizations.

 

David has also been actively involved with the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association (NAPOA).  In 2009, he was elected National President by NAPOA’s Board of Directors.  Additionally, David has also been an active member of the Society of Asian Federal Officers (regional chapter of NAPOA) and has held various positions on its Executive Board, including President.

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