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Ascend NorCal - Celebrate the Lunar New Year
The History of Immigrants from Asia and the Pacific to America



As we welcome the Year of the Tiger – Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is excited to share the history of how immigrants traveled from Asia and the Pacific to come to America with dreams of gold and legends of instant wealth yet often experienced very different realities.

Join us to learn more about this important but often untold part of US history and to participate in a “virtual tour” of the historic site. To learn more about the site, visit

Event Details




Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Time: 5:30PM - 6:30PM PT

Venue: Zoom Meeting

Admission: Please register for this Free event using the link below



Buck Gee

President of Board of Directors

Buck Gee is the President of AIISF’s Board of Directors. Buck retired in 2008 from Cisco Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit. He joined Cisco with its 2004 acquisition of Andiamo Systems where he served as President and CEO. His career spans 35 years in Silicon Valley working in large companies such as Hewlett Packard and in a series of high-tech startups, where Buck held executive marketing positions. He has also taught computer engineering courses at Stanford University and Howard University.


Buck serves on the board of Ascend/Northern California and the advisory board of the Asia Society/Northern California. He is a member of the Committee-of-100 and serves on its public policy committee. He has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, USA Today, and San Jose Mercury News.


In 2015, he received the Executive Excellence Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA). He has also received the Civic Entrepreneurship Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Institute (APALI) in 2012. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Edward Tepporn

Executive Director

Edward Tepporn is AIISF’s Executive Director. Ed joined the AIISF team in November 2019. He has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He previously served on staff at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) for nearly 16 years, most recently as APIAHF’s Executive Vice President. He has also served as Director of Education at Saint Louis Effort for AIDS and as Community Co-Chair of Missouri's Statewide HIV/STD Prevention Community Planning Group. As an associate at Aplomb Consulting, he helped to staff media relations for amFAR’s National AIDS Update Conference and the San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.


During his time at APIAHF, he oversaw multi-million dollar national programs, functioned as chief strategy officer, served as key liaison to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded national racial equity collaborative, and helped secure over $32 million in funding. He co-developed the 9-month Health Rising Leadership Institute which has trained more than 50 Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to become stronger leaders and storytellers. He has also provided trainings and consulting to hundreds of organizations across the country across a variety of nonprofit leadership and program management topics.


Ed received a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Washington University. He was also a Nelson Mandela Scholarship recipient in the M.S.W. program at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. He is a certified professional leadership coach. In 2019, Ed was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, He is also currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Fellow.



 Win Chang

Director, Solutions Engineer

Win Chang is currently the State and Local Solution Engineer Director at Oracle.  She began her career as a software engineer, developing financial application solutions at Texas Eastern. In 1990 she joined Oracle as a technical support manager, where she provided exceptional service to customers. Later, she spent several years as an Applications Sales Consulting Manager, where she managed a global Sales Consulting team.  Win also worked at Siebel Systems and Hyperion before joining LogicalApps as the Customer Experience Vice President with responsibility for several business lines, including consulting services, customer success, education, and customer support. She grew the consulting services portfolio by 200% and received the highest customer experience ratings. In 2008, Oracle acquired LogicalApps; over the last few years, she has held several key roles at Oracle, including Key Account Director, Customer Success Director, Cloud Accelerator Director, and Cloud Customer Experience Director.


This year she was awarded, FY21 Government and Education Leadership Award for her commitment to Customer Satisfaction, Employee Satisfaction, Trust, Quality, Leadership, Business Results, and Diversity & Inclusion. Win was the recipient of the Oracle CEO’s Cup Award for account management excellence in 2011, 2013, and 2014.  Over the last 12 years, she has served as the OWL Redwood Shores community leader, focused on giving back to the community, professional development, and empowering women to lead beyond. She is also the founder and served for 6 years as the chairperson for the Oracle Professional Asian Leadership (OPAL) Employee Resource Group.  Win recently joined the board of directors for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness of the experience of immigrants into the America through the Pacific. Lastly, she is a mentor for Women Unlimited Inc., an organization focused on leadership, education, and networking.


Win was born in China, grew up in Miami, Florida, and now lives in Redwood Shores, California, with her husband Mike Chang and children, Nicholas, Madison, Michael. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.  She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and gardening.

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