Board Member Q&A (Reoccurring): Marsha Fong
A Legacy of Compassion
Your Kindness Makes BIG Impact
Marsha Fong, is an AACI Board Member who grew up in San Jose and her family has been deeply involved with AACI since its early years. Her career has been dedicated to public service and has taken her from art therapy and human resources to healthcare and organization development. In her retirement, Marsha is looking forward to traveling the world and has her sights set on Switzerland, Australia, and Greece!
Q: How did you first become involved with AACI?
A: I first heard about AACI through my father, Ted Fong, who served as a Board member and Board chair during AACI’s formative years. When my Dad was involved with AACI, I was in college exploring and learning about my own Asian American identity.
Q: What motivated you to serve on AACI’s Board of Directors?
A: I recently retired and it was always my intent to volunteer and give back to my community. Serving with AACI was meant to happen at this point in my life and I am really grateful for it. When the opportunity presented itself, I decided to honor my father by devoting my time to AACI in the same way that he had. When I first joined the Board, I did not know if I had anything to offer, but I soon realized that my experiences offered a different voice.
Q: Your mother, Vera Fong, was also a tremendous supporter of AACI. When she passed away recently, what made your family decide to have donations made to AACI in memory?
A: AACI’s former CEO Michele Lew told me something that I believe to be true, she said “AACI runs through your blood.” My family has seen AACI develop from a true grassroots organization, to where it is now. Although my father was the most deeply involved, my mother felt close to AACI as well. Toward the end of her life, we went together to AACI’s new site at Story Road. The staff were so nice and gave my mother a tour. She could not believe how much AACI had grown! The decision to have donations made to AACI in her honor felt natural and there was never a question about choosing AACI!
“AACI runs through your blood.”