Steering Committee

Kyle Chan, Esq.: Legal Counsel







M.G. William Chen: Spokesperson
U.S. Army Retired


Bill Chen served as a career U.S. Army officer for over 32 years and retired as a Major General – the first Chinese American to wear 2-star rank in the U.S. Army. His capstone assignments were as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Missile Command and Program Executive Officer for Missile Defense, and he is the recipient of two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal. He worked as a defense industry executive for almost 18 years in engineering & product development and general management.

Bill received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Auburn University. He is a distinguished aerospace engineering alumnus of the University of Michigan.

E. Samantha Cheng: Project Director
Executive Producer, Heritage Series


E. Samantha Cheng is a broadcast veteran with years of experience in national news and television production. Her experience as a journalist, documentarian and successful minority small business owner has afforded her many awards and accolades. In recent years, she has devoted much of her time to raising the visibility of Asian Pacific American Islanders (APIA). Many of her multi-media programs center on APIA’s impact and individual contributions to American history. She has worked with local and national APIA community organizations as a member, consultant, adviser, mentor, APIA subject matter expert and has served on their boards and advisory councils.

Ed Gor: Advisor & Project Treasurer
President, Chinese American Citizens Alliance


Ed Gor is National President of Chinese American Citizens Alliance. He has integrated a career as a Project and Program Manager on successful chemical and refinery engineering projects with Jacobs Engineering Group with an increasing depth and breadth of experience derived from volunteering at critical needs non-profit organizations. He has had oversight responsibilities in evaluating financial management reports of non-profit agencies, evaluated and awarded services contracts for public and private sector funds, and performed audit and monitoring duties on successful proposers.

A native Houstonian, he is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is married to Dr. Beverly Quan Gor and they have a beautiful daughter, Rachel, son-in-law, Ben, and the two cutest grandchildren, Haley and Austin.

Chris M. Kwok, Esq.: Legal Counsel


Chris graduated from Stuyvesant and received his B.A from Cornell University with a major in Government and minor in Asian American studies, and his J.D from UCLA Law School.





Gil Thompson: Project Manager
Legislative Consultant


Prior to working with the Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Gil was a Legislative Aide at the U.S. House of Representatives. His policy work focused on veterans affairs, financial services, appropriations, and inbound Foreign Direct Investment. Gil has also worked on multiple Congressional campaigns, including Congressman Mike Honda’s 2014 reelection. Before entering politics, he worked at the Center for Security Studies in Zurich and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau.  He received his M.A. from ETH Zurich and his B.A. from St. Olaf College.

Eric Won: Grassroots and Affinity Group Coordinator
CEO, mDoto


Eric Won is the CEO of, an e-marketplace for smallholder and subsistence farmers in Africa, and serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of The Leadership Praxis, a Washington DC consortium of executive development and coaching professionals. He is also the Executive Principal for HarvestLink, a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland and several small businesses to promote technology in urban food deserts. An experienced executive and small business leader, Eric served for over 25 years in several Federal executive leadership positions, most recently with the U.S. Small Business Administration, as its Chief Information and Privacy Officer and as its Director of Performance and Program Evaluation in the Office of Entrepreneurial Development.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Eric completed his education at Princeton University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Cornell University, with further executive development and training at the Federal Executive Institute, the National Defense University, the Center for Creative Leadership, and Graduate School USA.

Capt. Michael H Young: Advisor
U.S. Army Retired and U.S. Foreign Service Retired