Brian Li is an entrepreneurial finance professional with over 10 years of experience in Corporate Finance, M&A, and Social Entrepreneurship. He is currently a Senior Finance Manager for Target Corporation and earned his Bachelor's Degree and MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. He also owns and operates Odie & Board, a brand of premium wood and paper products sold online and in Minneapolis stores. Brian is excited to serve on NAAAP's board to help strengthen the network of Asian American Professionals in the Twin Cities metro area.
James Cheng, Global HR Director Inclusion & Diversity Business Resource Groups Leader at Cargill, D&I Practitioner with over 12 years of Employee Resource Group leadership experience. Responsible for leading the strategy, development, and growth of Business Resource Groups, which are designed to enhance a company’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy and contribute to business results that affect over 150,000 employees in over 70 countries across the world. Passionate, results-driven strategist with a solid record of achievement and demonstrated success driving sustained impact while providing inspirational leadership in a highly competitive market through Diversity & Inclusion. Unwavering in developing employee engagement, securing brand loyalty, and building strong relations with internal and external business partners. My passion is to empower the right people to work together and create innovative solutions. My personal belief and quote, “Without the rules to govern intent there can be chaos, intent without direction will have no progress.”
Attended Texas Woman’s University for Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard in the Communications Squadron as a communications and computer systems specialist. Attending Capella University for Human Resources Management, SPHR, and SHRM-SCP certifications. Former Lead Volunteer Counselor for Hope4Youth, non-profit homeless youth support organization. Former Street Counselor for StandUp4Kids in Dallas, Texas.
Mark is a Korean adoptee who came to the United States when he was four years old. He is an attorney at Libby Law Office, P.A. and practices in the areas of litigation, business, estate planning, and real estate law.
Mark joined NAAAP Minnesota, because he believes in cultivating the Asian American community. Specifically, he believes that Asian American professionals should have the opportunity for career advancement and growth.
Mark’s goal is to help fellow Asian American professionals develop their professional skills, establish meaningful relationships with other Asian American professionals, and inspire a new generation of Asian American professionals.
When Mark is not advocating for his clients or volunteering with NAAAP, he enjoys exploring the Twin Cities with his wife. He also enjoys spending time with his niece and nephews and is an avid hockey and soccer player.
An adopted Korean American and Minnesota native, Nik currently works in Speechwriting and Executive Communications at Target Corporate Headquarters, located in downtown Minneapolis. Nik previously served as Communications Director for Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser from 2014 to 2016, and has held prior positions in a variety of fields, including collegiate writing instruction, children’s publishing, and international program management. A passionate advocate for linguistic and cultural exchange, Nik served as Resident Director of the 2016 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program in Gwangju, South Korea, and as Program Coordinator of the U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant program, headquartered in Seoul, from 2010 to 2011. Nik earned his B.A. in English Literature from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 2009; his hobbies include creative writing, inline speedskating and traditional Korean percussion.
After years of serving on corporate ERG boards, Will joined NAAAP MN in late-2016, as part of the team to reestablish the Minnesota chapter. For over a year, he has rebuilt the operational board, set a new vision that aligns to corporate API ERGs, and continues to influence ERGs in the Twin Cities.
Will is part of the Cargill family, leading global Animal Nutrition finance data strategy and analytics. Prior to Cargill, he spent over 11 years at Target Corporation, working in In-Direct Procurement, U.S. Stores Business Intelligence, Canada Stores Business Intelligence and Marketing Insights & Analytics. He served on Target’s Asian Business Council (ERG) for over 6 years, most recently as chair, establishing a strategy that focused on API awareness, development and community engagement.
He resides in the south metro with his wife and daughter. Will is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity, and sits on the board for Medal of Honor Twin Cities and host committee for APIASF; and also advises for the Southeast Asian Diaspora Project (SEAD).