Science & Technology Association

Welcome to Monte Jade Washington DC Chapter

The Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Greater Washington is a leading organization providing our community with resources for starting, funding and growing high technology business.  Our community includes current and future entrepreneurs students, researchers, scientists, scholars and business people. Key members include C-level executives, managers, and directors leading, operating, and developing some of the most successful science and technology firms in the Greater Washington area.In furtherance of our community's goals, we deliver seminars, networking events, and conferences leveraging our collective experience, knowledge, and network.

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♦ About Us ♦

Our commitment to the future

Our vision is to cultivate the Asian community to improve business partnerships and professional development. Our commitment is to assist future entrepreneurs, students, researchers, scientists, scholars and business people to advance their careers to become leaders and executives in their organizations or assist those that have interest in becoming entrepreneurs and business owners. We accomplish this through the experience and knowledge our prestigious board and other key members that include C-level executives, managers, and directors. These members lead, operate, and develop some of the most successful science and technology firms in the Greater Washington area. We deliver this experience and knowledge through our Monte Jade seminars, networking events, and conferences.

Board of Directors

Wayne Chiang

As the current Chief Architect and Co-Founder of ThreatQuotient, Wayne Chiang utilizes his 10+ years of cross-functional industry experience to deliver elegant solutions to complex problems in Cybersecurity, FinTech and AgTech. Wayne is a perpetual optimizer and can't stop constantly analyzing strategies to improve existing processes. Additionally, Wayne serves as a Board Advisor for the Virginia Tech Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. He is actively involved in the DC startup ecosystem and fantasizes about normal working hours.

Brian Park

Brian is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is the director for Startup Grind DC and Managing Partner at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (formerly Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area. He is also the Director of Technology for Curator Solutions, which is an edtech startup that creates video business cases for the classroom.

He was also formerly the global COO of Startup Grind, which is the one of the largest hi-tech startup communities in the world with over 2,000,000 startup entrepreneurs in 600 cities.

Prior to Startup Grind, he has over 18 years professional experience in web/online/mobile product development. He has experience in developing innovative consumer and enterprise products and services. Brian has started three previous startups – Logistics Information Technology, VA Care ($20M in Revenues), and Securva. He has previously worked at AOL as a senior software developer and Merrill Lynch as a software developer for hi speed trading platforms.

He has been featured in Forbes as “17 Top Business Gurus to Follow”, DCInno 50 on Fire for 2017 and 2018 and other publications such as TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Politico, and Washington Business Journal.

He has a BS in Information Systems/Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Gavin Ye, Ph.D.
Email: gavin.ye@bayes.law

Gavin Ye is a patent attorney and a partner at Bayes PLLC. His decade-long
experience includes patent asset creation and transaction, portfolio management, client
counseling, patent litigation before federal district courts and Section 337 investigations
before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and post-grant proceedings
before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO). He leverages his extensive experience in patent prosecution and
patent litigation to strategically protect his clients’ intellectual properties and to defend
the clients against patent infringement claims.

Sindy Yeh

Sindy Yeh is the Senior Business Ambassador for Arlington Economic Development. She brings to her position more than 20 years of experience in business development and program management. In her current role, she assists Arlington companies to expand and/or relocate in the community in an effort to grow the economy of Arlington, Virginia. She is also a Certified Economic Developer.

Prior to joining Arlington Economic Development, Sindy was employed in the telecommunications industry concentrating on international business development and licensing. She has worked for Iridium, an international satellite telecommunications consortium, as well as the fixed wireless company, Teligent. Sindy utilizes this experience in her current position, encouraging domestic and international companies to locate in Arlington, and working to retain those companies already doing business in the County.   

Sindy has a B.A. in Economics and Music from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts; and a M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. She serves on the board of the Washington Network Group and the Northern Virginia Technology Council (International Committee); and is a member of the International Economic Development Council and the Virginia Economic Development Association.

Terry Hsiao
CEO, Hooks Mobile
Email: terry.hsiao@hookmobile.com
Website: http://www.hookmobile.com/

Mr. Hsiao is a well-recognized entrepreneur in the mobile telecommunications industry. Since 2000, he has founded three start-ups including InphoMatch, which was acquired by Sybase (Now SAP) for $425M in 2006. Currently, he serves as CEO of Hooks Mobile, bringing his extensive expertise in the wireless industry to the company. Mr. Hsiao has been appointed by the Governor in Virginia, Bob McDonnell, to serve on the Board of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority in Virginia. Hsiao also serves on the Board of Governors at MIT Sloan School of Management, Monte Jade DC Chapter, Confucius Institute at George Mason University (GMU), and Advisory Board at Rutgers University College of Engineering. Hsiao has a Honors BSEE from Rutgers University and SM (MBA) from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Amy Gao
Founder and President
Phone: 301-518-7295
Email: amy.gao@spatialfront.com

Amy Gao is the founder and President of Spatial Front Incorporated (SFI), a technology company that excels in geospatial and enterprise IT solutions. SFI develops software products for data consolidation and provides IT services to many federal agencies, state and local government, and commercial customers.  

Prior to founding SFI, Amy worked for Fortune 500 companies including IBM and SAIC, as well as various government agencies, and worked as an adjunct professor at a local college. Amy is passionate about technologies and the creative use of them to improve people’s life.

Karen Wang

Karen H. Wang a Director in the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group. She has over 20 years experience providing a variety of consulting services, including litigation support services, royalty compliance services, corporate restructuring services and valuations.

Ms. Wang has been engaged in intellectual property related matters throughout her career. She prepares damage analyses and performs IP valuations for cases involving IP licensing, patent, copyright and trademark infringement, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets. Ms. Wang’s clients come from various industries, including flat panel displays, aerospace, telecommunications, semiconductors, consumer electronic products, biotechnology, auto parts, investment banks, mortgage banking, office product manufacturing, and dairy industries. The types of damage analyses include calculation of lost profits, price erosion, reasonable royalty, unjust enrichment, pre-judgment interest, and loss of business value.

Ms. Wang’s litigation consulting experience includes all phases of the litigation process. During the fact and expert discovery phases, she identifies key documents and relevant issues, recommends solutions to the issues and prepares deposition outlines as well as provides vital analysis and information for the experts. During the trial phase, Ms. Wang assists the attorneys in forming trial strategy, preparing trial demonstratives and outlines for the case. She manages large, complex litigation projects on behalf of the U.S. government and commercial clients in the areas of breach of contract, fraud, employee theft, antitrust and intellectual property, and has been retained by the Department of Justice as a consultant for breach of contract litigation matters.

In addition to litigation support services, Ms. Wang provides services in royalty compliance audit and IP license negotiations. Fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese, she leads royalty compliance projects in Asia. Through her IP litigation support and royalty compliance work, Ms. Wang has reviewed numerous license agreements, involving international and Fortune 500 companies. Through her review of license agreements, licensee books and records as well as on-site interviews, she has assisted clients in the identification of areas of licensee non-compliance and has uncovered millions of dollars in underpayments.

Ms. Wang’s experience in bankruptcy and troubled company services has covered such industries as retail merchandising, supermarket chains, consumer products, property management, and real estate development. Her management and administration of these engagements have entailed investigating and tracing of assets, developing financial models, preparing cash flow projections, analyzing business segments and operations, and performing preference transfer analysis. One of her major clients was a large bankrupt Chapter 7 retail apparel company with more than 1,500 retail stores across the country. In that case, Ms. Wang performed complex lease analyses, prepared numerous large, complex preference analyses against various factors and assisted attorneys in settlement negotiations.

Prior to joining SRR, Ms. Wang was a Director at Invotex.  Ms. Wang’s prior work experience also includes time with Navigant Consulting.

Ms. Wang is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the  Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Association of University Technology Managers, the Licensing Executives Society, the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.


B.S., Business Administration in Accounting, San Francisco State University
M.S., Finance, University of Baltimore


  • Certified Valuation Analyst
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Charter Global Management Accountant
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Michael Zhuang
Principal, MZ Capital Management
Phone: 301-452-4220
Email: mzhuang@mzcap.com

Michael is founder and principal of MZ Capital Management, a fiduciary advisory firm serving entrepreneurs and physicians in DC metro area. He is also a published author, public speaker and comedian. He won best storyteller awards in multiple cities. He's the host of a popular monthly story comedy show and he produces a quarterly musical improvisation show. Michael is passionate about living a simple and flourishing life and enabling his clients to do so.

Ed Tay
Phone: 301-351-6018
Email: etay@alacoconsulting.com
Sophia Parker
Phone: 240-813-5799
Email: sophia.parker@dsfederal.com

Sophia Parker is the CEO of DSFederal. She founded DSFederal in 2007 with a mission to connect the best technology with the brightest minds to address the federal government’s toughest challenges. She has received numerous accolades for her ability to deliver excellence in health IT, software solutions, professional services, grants management and training.

Haiwen Lee Mackleer
VP, Branch Manager
Phone: (301)910-6786
Email: haiwenlee.mackleer@cathaybank.com

In September 1992, Haiwen Lee Mackleer came to the United States of America from Taiwan, Republic of China. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics from West Virginia University in 1995.

Soon after her graduation, she and her husband resided and taught English in Japan for two years.
Haiwen came back to the States with her family in 1998 and started her banking career first at Provident Bank, then Chevy Chase Bank, and finally Capital Bank since 2003. Other than full time working at bank institutions, Haiwen has also been heavily involved in Asian community organizations.

Currently, Haiwen is serving on the Board of Directors for the Monte Jade Science and Technology DC chapter, Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), and is the Chairperson for the Maryland Council of AACC.

She is an active member of many local non-profit organizations such as KOBE Government Contracting Alliance. She is also an advocate for Asian Pacific American Advisory Group ( APAAG) for Montgomery county, MD (Executive office and council).

Haiwen recently joined Cathay Bank in Rockville, Maryland as a Vice President and Branch Manager.
Haiwen's passion and determination lead her to find success wherever she goes!

Kenneth Lew
President and CEO, The Innovation Network
Phone: (202) 649-0059
Email: klew@theinnovationnet.com
Website: http://www.zhanglaw.com/

Since January 2010, Mr. Lew has serviced the Monte Jade promoting Monte Jade’s mission and working with sponsors, media, and other stakeholders.

Mr. Lew rose through the ranks of the software consulting company, Noblestar Systems, Inc., to become CEO in 2005. Mr. Lew believes innovation is the key to successful technology implementation; a belief he fully embodies in The Innovation Network, which, Mr. Lew founded in 2010. The Innovation Network is a technology strategy management that specializes in consulting and advisory services to optimize technology and manage it’s use throughout an organization.

Mr. Lew began his career at Noblestar in May 1996 as a consultant who implemented solutions using PeopleSoft for clients such as Borders Group, Global One, Concert Communications, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He acquired much of his global work experience through the deployment of ERP implementations throughout the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific. As Managing Director, he built the ERP and packaged software practices at Noblestar and transformed Noblestar into a technology consulting focused organization, Noblestar 2.0. In addition, he led efforts to form a strategic partnership with IBM, which he has continued to foster at The Innovation Network.

Mr. Lew holds leadership positions in the PeopleSoft Mid-Atlantic and the IBM Websphere User Groups in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent guest speaker on technology and innovation at conferences and other events. Mr. Lew holds a M.S. in Software Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. He has a passion for contributing his leadership to youth organizations, such as, the Colonnade Society of the University of Maryland and the Chinese Youth Club.

Tony Lau
Phone: (301) 335-7489
Email: tony.lau@detentegroup.com

Tony is a Managing Director of Détente Group, an investment banking firm that focuses on infrastructure and satellite projects. He is a Senior Adviser of Fintech4Good which incubate and fund Blockchain and Fintech startups. Tony is also a Mentor at the Innovation Center of George Washington University.
As former Chief Strategy Officer of a private equity investment holding company, he had invested in many industrial technology companies including those in consumer electronics and robotics.
As former corporate executive of many multinational corporations including Lockheed Martin, he has extensive experiences in managing, growing and financing business operations globally. Tony began his career as CPA with KPMG and Deloitte. He has a BS degree from University of Waterloo as well as BS/MBA degree from Northeastern University.

♦ Committees and Members ♦


  • Chairman & President: Terry Hsiao

  • Vice Chairman & Vice President: Yum Yu Cheng

  • Treasurer: Karen Wang

  • Secretary:  Yuan He

  • Events: David Lai

  • Membership: Dawn LI, Haiwen Mackleer

  • Entrepreneurship/Corporate Sponsorship: Rose Wang, 

  • Marketing/Website/Communications: Kurt Nguyen, Maria Lee, Ken Fang

  • Mentorship: Steven Chen


♦ Events ♦

♦ Testimonials ♦

As a member of Monte Jade, I have gotten introductions from Sophia Parker and Rose Wang for business contacts. I have also gotten benefits from many more such as events with Denise Wu and others.

My network of potential teaming partners has widened as a result of my MJDC membership

I feel that Monte Jade is in a unique position to foster a great environment for our Asian/Chinese community in the greater MD-DC-VA region where members joined not because we are trying to "sell" our products or services but to be a resource to one another. This is because our members consist of very diverse professional background with complementing expertise to help solve business problems.  For example, I met a transaction attorney who does M&As, IPOs and private equity funding at the Monte Jade annual gala last year. We have been meeting for lunch and gotten to know each other well.

I have benefited greatly from Monte Jade. Personally, I have

  • Gained different perspectives in growing the Innovation Network
  • Partnered on new proposals and successfully executed government contracts with MJ members
  • Had an opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences with other entrepreneurs
  • Met new friends

After attending the mobile panel, I experienced a closer tie with my fellow MJDC members. I continued to build on business relationship with Ken, started to work a project with David Nguyen and introduced a VA client to Terry who is working on a new product there.

My network of potential teaming partners has widened as a result of my MJDC membership.

♦ Blogs ♦

Monte Jade Innovation Competition 2022 Kicks Off!
Are you an entrepreneurial college student or young professional with a great idea to change the world?Have you designed a new, innovative product as part of a school research, or…
Submit your Mid-Atlantic Innovation application By April 5th, 2022
This May Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Award program. Every year the event showcases the Region’s greatest and most creative minds at work!…
Support CCACC Asian American Career Development Workshop
Board Members Terry Hsiao and Sophia Parker will provide training and support for CCACC Asian American Career Development Workshop on September 30 and October 1, 2021 https://mailchi.mp/ccacc-dc.org/newsletter-ccacc2021

Membership Eligibility

Become a part of the Monte Jade community and network with our members. Please register for the appropriate membership tier provided below. Thank you to our corporate members for their generous support

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♦ Contact Us ♦

Monte Jade 1015 15th Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20005