Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) enhances the Taiwanese-American community by networking individuals interested in professional and career development, while emphasizing the preservation of Taiwanese American identity. TAP provides resources and programs that inspire and empower; develop and support professionals, in their twenties and thirties, to become community-oriented leaders. TAP NY specifically strives to promote Leadership, Networking, Community, Identity, and most importantly FUN!
TAP New York is a passionate group of individuals dedicated to building the Taiwanese American community in New York. We strive to creatively engage in activities that harness and showcase the Taiwanese American spirit.
As a board, we are built upon the pillars of having balanced viewpoints, integrity, and excellence. We are candidly honest with one another and expect ourselves to follow through on our responsibilities. We believe strongly in continual self-improvement and empower one another to achieve both our own ambitions and the goals of the organization.
TAP-NY is a chapter of TACL National, a 501c3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Learn more about TACL.
Jacqui Wu was born in Hawaii and grew up in Taiwan. After graduating from Taipei American School, she moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration. Jacqui began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Dispute Analysis & Investigations group, which focused on the accounting aspects in litigation and fraud investigation. She recently moved into investment banking and joined Sevara Partners LLC, a start-up boutique investment bank focused in mergers & acquisitions, restructuring advisory and capital raising. Jacqui is excited to be working with TAP to build a community of “expatriate” Taiwan-folk to pay homage to their Taiwanese roots and meet other foodies who appreciate delicacies like stinky tofu and chicken gizzard.
Charles Pan spent most of his childhood in Kentucky before going to Philadelphia to attend Penn. After graduation, he moved to Austin, Texas before moving to New York. He’s been actively involved in the Taiwanese American community, including participation in the Formosa Foundation’s Ambassador Program, Penn Taiwanese Society, and the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of ITASA. Charles hopes to help broaden TAP’s engagement with its membership and bridge ever more Taiwanese American connections.
Jessica was born and raised in Houston, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance. After stints in investment banking and asset management, she currently works in the investor relations group at a mid-market private equity firm. In her free time, Jessica like to practice yoga and drink milk tea tapioca!
Brooke was born and bred an East Coast girl. She grew up in NJ and attended Rutgers University, where she majored in finance and fell into a career on Wall Street instead of law and never looked back. After starting her career at Merrill a month before the world imploded, she now works at an Australian bank where she learns phrases like arvo and bogan. Brooke loves to snowboard and dance in her free time and is always willing to try new foods/adventures.
Debra was born and raised in Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Public Relations and minored in Business. In college, Debra was an active board member of a Taiwanese student organization and thesbian of an asian awareness theatre troupe called Silk Mangos. Post college, she found herself in the windy city of Chicago and on path of a perk-filled career in media advertising at Starcom Worldwide on the Kelloggs account. After 2 extreme winters where the city couldn’t afford to salt down the roads, she packed up a van, drove to NYC and found herself quickly settled in, in a tiny apartment in the heart of LES. Currently a media supervisor at KSL Media, Debra juggles her free time searching for obscure movies online, 3 hr power shopping sprees and encouraging others to read The Fountainhead.
Jesse was born in Indiana and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he studied Bioengineering. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, Jesse completed his residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he is now Chief Resident in the Department of Dental Medicine. Jesse also works part-time at a private practice in lower Manhattan as a general dentist. When he is not looking at teeth, Jesse enjoys eating, playing volleyball, reading, traveling, and exploring the city.
Crystal Tang was born in New Jersey and lived there until moving abroad to Hong Kong in 8th grade. While she was abroad she had the opportunity to visit family in Taiwan multiple times a year and has come to think of it as home. After finishing high school, Crystal moved to New York where she attended Barnard College, studying Art History and Visual Arts. During undergrad, she was involved with the Taiwanese American Students Association and also participated in the Formosa Foundation’s Ambassador Program. Crystal currently works as a Regional Director at Teach For America where she oversees recruitment and outreach efforts in New York.
George was born in Taiwan but grew up in New Jersey. After high school, he attended Columbia University and graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked as a developer at Goldman Sachs, developing trading and workflow applications. Since then, he has moved to a New York City startup, Seamless Receipts’, where he manages the infrastructure and design process, as well as develops the systems. During his free time, George likes to go out in the city and meet new people.
Jennifer Lin was born in Taiwan and grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business. She is currently working at UBS Financial Services as a Senior Risk Analyst. During her spare time, Jennifer enjoys snowboarding, softball, golf, tennis, and playing the piano and violin. She also loves to try new restaurants and travel. She speaks fluent Mandarin and understands conversational Taiwanese. She also visits Taiwan once a year. Jennifer likes to be involved in community service projects. So if anyone has any great ideas or wants to get more involved in volunteer events, please feel free to contact her.
Vivian is a Cali girl through and through, born and raised in a suburb in the LA area, and this shows in her ability to wear flip flops in 50 degree weather and punctuate her statements with “yo” and “man”. She moved to the chilly East Coast to attend the University of Pennsylvania’s undergraduate business program at the Wharton School, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. Vivian is currently employed at American Express in a Marketing role, and encourages everyone to get an Amex card. She spends her free time eating her way through as many restaurants as possible (and reviewing them on Yelp), regularly singing her heart out at karaoke (always looking for new karaoke buddies), and curling up with a good book (her favorite genre being fantasy, yes she’s nerdy like that). She is thrilled to be joining the TAP-NY board, and can’t wait to help build an even larger community of Taiwanese-Americans and make it’s next year better than ever!
Alex was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated from Princeton University, where he studied public policy, in 2011. At Princeton, he was actively involved with the Taiwanese American Students Association. He served as the Vice President of the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) from 2010 to 2011. Taking part in activities with TASA, from attending the simplest of study breaks to organizing the 2011 ITASA East Coast Conference, make up some of his happiest moments as an undergrad. Alex is interested in public relations, advertising, and media. He keeps up with the latest in Mandarin and Korean pop music and loves to go KTV. He enjoys meeting new people, hanging out with friends, and discussing the politics of East Asia and Eastern Europe.
Andy Ni was born in New York City and currently resides in New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 with degree in Finance and upon graduating decided to work for a technology consulting company. Andy is an avid golfer, loves to play basketball and ultimate frisbee, and is one of the biggest Rutgers sports fans there is. He visits Taiwan once a year to see family and friends.
Eugene Morimoto Tsai was born and raised in NY. He attained his undergraduate degree at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and completed his graduate work at The Cornell Hotel School in Ithaca, NY. He is currently working for RockSteady Development LLC, which is a NY based real estate and hospitality company. He is currently the local chapter president for TJCCNA (Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce North America) and was also the founder and president of a NY based nonprofit organization for 2nd generation Taiwanese Americans.