Sen. Wieckowski to honor local API community at his 8th annual ceremony in Fremont

May 8, 2018

FREMONT – Community leaders in health care, housing, business and domestic violence prevention will be honored by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at his Eighth Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards, Thursday, May 10 in Fremont.

“These honorees are well known in their specific fields because of their extensive commitment to helping businesses prosper, providing access to health care, expanding affordable housing, and preventing domestic violence and emotional abuse,” said Sen. Wieckowski. “All of these issues affect residents of the 10th Senate District, and the organization and individuals being honored play a key role in finding solutions to assist the people of Alameda and Santa Clara counties.”

The honorees are: KK Kaneshiro; Dr. Edwin Tan; Nathan Ho; Maitri; and Aman Dhuper.


WHO:             State Senator Bob Wieckowski


WHAT:          8th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards


WHERE:       Warm Springs Community Center, 47300 Fernald Street, Fremont


WHEN:          4 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2018 – Doors open at 3:30.


KK Kaneshiro is the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s director of member services, where she works with over 1,000 different businesses. She is also part of the chamber’s management team for the annual Fremont Festival of the Arts, which draws 400,000 to 500,000 people to Fremont over two days. Kaneshiro’s business experience includes owning her own skincare salon and floral design studio.  While working for B. Suyeyasu’s Wholesale Florist, she sold over $1 million in floral products in a single year. Since 2012, she has hosted the “Community Conversations” television show in partnership with the Fremont Unified School District. She is a past president of the Fremont Adult School’s Advisory Community Board and has served on several Mission Valley R.O.P. committees. She has won awards for her art quilts and previously served as an executive board member for the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Southern Alameda County.

Dr. Edwin Tan is director of Advocacy and Development at Asian-Americans for Community Advancement (AACI). He helps set the strategic vision for AACI’s advocacy efforts.  He has served in many roles in the Asian community and behavioral health fields and as a mentor for AACI’s LEAD program. Dr. Tan previously served as former United States Rep. Mike Honda’s senior chief advisor, coordinating district outreach and managing a diverse range of policy issues. He is a former American Psychological Association policy fellow and earned his doctorate in psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine.  

Nathan Ho is the director of Housing and Community Development at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG).  He advocates for housing policies at the local, regional, state and federal levels to expand access to affordable units.  Before joining SVLG, Ho was a policy and communications manager at Eden Housing, one of the oldest and most-respected nonprofit affordable housing developers in the Bay Area. He previously served as director of the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance, a nonprofit health coalition in Boston.  He concurrently served as a program director with the DentaQuest Foundation. Ho received his B.A. in communication studies and history from UCLA. 

Maitri in Santa Clara is a Bay Area nonprofit that provides services to prevent domestic violence, trafficking, emotional abuse and cultural alienation. It primarily serves families from South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, among others. Founded in 1991, Maitri provides a vital service for those in need. By helping its clients integrate into their community, Maitri ends the isolation many of them experience and increases their self-reliance and confidence. Its motto is “Helping Women to Help Themselves.” It has established working relationships with many nonprofits to complement its existing services. By providing clients with a variety of information and services, Maitri enables them to make informed choices about the options available to them.

Aman Dhuper is the president and chief executive office of St. Rose Hospital in Hayward. Since 2013, Dhuper has been instrumental to efforts to reorganize and improve the hospital’s operations. St. Rose is a not-for-profit, safety-net hospital. It provides vital services to the Hayward community. Dhuper also serves as the vice president of operations for Alecto Healthcare Services.