Jonathan R. Leong
Jonathan R. Leong
received the “Excellence 2000 Award” by the U.S. Pan Asian
American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. given to
outstanding and accomplished individuals from the Asian
community. In 1995, he was honored as one of five “Unsung Heroes”
in the Bay Area by public broadcast television, KQED, for his
dedication to community involvement and work with the Asian
American Donor Program.
Upon his graduation
from college at San Francisco State University, Mr. Leong began
working in the commercial insurance field, ultimately starting
his own highly successful firm. In addition to running his hectic
business, he has been an integral decision- maker in several Bay
Area companies, including the marketing and management of the San
Francisco MUNI Metro Turnback Project for the San Francisco
Public Transportation Commission and for the BART (Bay Area Rapid
Transit) District. He is also a member of the Caltrans Small
Business Advisory Council.
participates as Principal of two restaurants in San Francisco, is
President of an international trading company, is President of a
company which focuses on environmental cleanup projects from
Mexico to Puerto Rico, and is Chairman of a manufacturing
In conjunction with
his busy career, Mr. Leong is involved in a number of high-level
community activities. He is a founding member of both the
Democratic Leadership Council in San Francisco and the Asian
Pacific Democratic Caucus, a sub-committee of the Democratic
National Committee designed to create ideas for the Democratic
platform emphasizing the Asian viewpoint. He is a strong
supporter of the New Democratic Network headed by Simon Rosenburg
and has recently organized The Institute for the New California,
a public policy “think tank” whose membership includes such
corporate giants as, AT&T, Hewlett Pakard, General Motors and
Union Pacific. He is a founding member of National Council of
Asian American Business Associations. In 1995 Jonathan was
elected for the second time as a delegate representing small
businesses at the White House small business conference.
He just completed his 2-year term serving as commission on the President’s Advisory Commission on
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Mr. Leong has also
been involved in various community programs and activities during
the past years. These include Self Help for the Elderly (Board
Advisor), Chinese Performing Arts Foundation (Director), Asian
Business Association (Founder, Past President, Chairman), Asian
American Theater Company (past President), California Small
Business Administration (past Advisory Board Member), Oakland
Business Development Corp. (past Board Member), and other
community and business organizations.
established the Asian American Donor Program (AADP); a non-profit
health organization dedicated to increasing the availability of
bone marrow transplants for APA’s. When Mr. Leong first formed
this organization in 1989 there were only 123 Asian Americans
registered nation-wide as potential bone marrow donors. Today,
due to his efforts, there are over 294,257 Asians and Pacific
Islanders registered in the United States.
His involvement in
the health community has literally saved hundreds of lives. From
1997 to 1999 Mr. Leong has served as Vice Chair of the National
Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) where he served with Admiral E.
Zumwalt, Jr. and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. E. Donnall Thomas. Mr.
Leong continues to work diligently with the NMDP to improve
outreach methods to minorities on a national and international
Mr. Leong’s high
energy and commitment are without comparison and he is always
eager to lend a helping hand. He is constantly developing new
ways to improve the quality of life for all people and has the
skills and leadership necessary to put his ideas into action.
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