• Ambassadors

    ''Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.'' Mark Twain. Ambassadors are the face of the Chamber. They foster participation, encourage new members and expand the Chamber's presence in the community.
    Amy Yang
    Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club
    Amy Yang is a community activist and an angel investor. She started her career in finance in foreign trade industry then moved on to banking as a financial analyst. In 2002, she turned her focus to family and community. She has since been actively involved in school volunteering, community outreach, advocacy and leadership. She co-founded Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club, and later, WizChinese, a non-profit organization.  Amy holds a MBA degree from University of Texas in Austin and a certificate from Leadership Palo Alto program in 2017. Amy is a proud mother of three wonderful children.
     
    To contact Amy, please email her at yang0715@gmail.com

     
    Andrew Kracht
    Palo Alto Players
    Box Office & Operations Manager
    A frequent staple onstage at PAP since 2013 (Big Fish, Young Frankenstein, In the Heights, Miss Saigon), Andrew comes to PAP with a strong background in customer service, box office, ticketing, group sales, event planning, community outreach, social media, and theatre administration. Andrew has also been seen in productions all over the Bay Area as a performer at Cabrillo Stage, Foothill Music Theatre, Broadway By the Bay, and of course, Palo Alto Players. When he isn't working or performing, Andrew enjoys hiking, traveling, and studying foreign languages. A Bay Area native, Andrew is a proud Magna Cum Laude graduate from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (Minor in Musical Theatre) and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.

    To contact Andrew, please email him at akracht@paplayers.org
    Bella Hawley
    Downtown Streets Team
    Employee Specialist
    My name is Bella, I am from Brazil, and I’ve been living In California for 9 years now. I am an International Relations major, and I speak 3 languages; Portuguese, Spanish and English. I am passionate about giving everyone resources to meet their goals in life, and for helping those there are many times forgotten in society.  I am an Employment Specialist for Downtown Streets Team, and I am currently working on helping individuals that are experiencing homelessness or in risk to become homeless to find jobs and stability in their life.
     
    To Contact Bella, please email her at Bella@streetsteam.org

     
    Katie Ediger
    b8ta
    General Manager
    General Manager of b8ta in downtown Palo Alto. Relocated from Seattle, WA and is loving the California sunshine! 

    To contact Katie, please email her at katie@b8ta.com
    Kyle Morgan
    Downtown Streets Team
    Project Manager - Palo Alto

    Kyle has a background in Psychology and has been with Downtown Street Team since 2015.  As Project Manager, he leads multiple existing projects while also creating new opportunities for Team Members. Kyle is interested in donor relation and engagement.   He and the Team are currently working on developing an Advisory Council and Youth Advisory Council in Palo Alto, CA.

    To contact Kyle, please email him at 
    kyle@streetsteam.org

    Mandy Brown
    Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce
    Mandy Brown, Management Analyst at Management Partners in San Jose.
    I was born and raised in Palo Alto and I have a real passion for supporting the local businesses I grew up with and all the new additions that have come to Palo Alto since then. I spent summers working at a variety of local businesses including The Garden Court Hotel, St. Michael’s Alley, Cassis, Romi, and Vance Brown Builders Inc. I currently work at a government consulting firm and my background is in urban planning and public administration. I was fortunate to go through Leadership Palo Alto last year and gained so much from the experience, including a bunch of new friends, feel free to ask me for more information!


    To contact Mandy, please email her at b.amandaro@gmail.com
    Mylene Mazza
    PrimePay
    Sales Rep
    PrimePay gives small businesses time back in their day to focus on growing their business by ensuring compliance and exceptional support during the employee lifecycle. This is possible through our payroll, onboarding, application tracking, benefits admin, time and labor management, and HR services.

    To contact Mylene, please email her at mmazza@primepay.com
    Rupesh Shah
    Morgan Stanley - Rupesh Shah
    Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Manager
    My goals-based approach to wealth management emphasizes organization, definition and discipline.
    My process focuses on helping you organize your priorities and define what you have and, more importantly, what you hope to accomplish with your wealth. Once I have gained a thorough, detailed understanding of your goals in the context of your life, I assist you in developing and implementing a disciplined strategy that helps you achieve your overall objectives. This holistic, life based planning approach goes beyond investment outcomes to include the goals and aspirations you have for yourself and your family.

    To contact Rupesh, please email him at 
    rupesh.shah@morganstanley.com
    Sonia Lopez
    Stanford Federal Credit Union
    Stanford Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution specializing in low-rate loans and higher earnings on your deposits and has been in business since 1959. Sonia Lopez, Relationship Manager, can help you with your new accounts or talk to you about adding Stanford FCU to your employee benefits package, absolutely free.
    Our members enjoy: • A simply free checking account • Access to 30,000 fee-free ATMs • Higher rates on savings, Money Market and Certificates • Lower rates on auto loans, credit cards, personal loans and home loans • Stanford FCU Sponsored Financial Education Seminars.


    To contact Sonia, please email her at sonia@sfcu.org
    Suzy Tjan
    Suzy Tjan- New York Life
    Insurance Agent
    As a licensed Agent of New York Life Insurance Company I offer a variety of products that can help you meet a number of insurance and financial needs, including, but not limited to college funding, retirement, managing costs for extended periods of care and lifetime income strategies. Please contact me to help you fully analyze your needs and recommend appropriate solutions.

    To contact Suzy, please email her at 
    stjan@ft.newyorklife.com
    William Dawood
    William Dawood, Realtor
    William has over 3 years of experience as an loan officer, 8 years as a real estate appraiser, and  14 years as a real estate agent.  He covers San Mateo, Palo Alto, San Jose and the surrounding cities. William is dedicated to providing the best service available to the community through his continual dedication to serve his clients whether they are first time home buyers, investors or clients looking to sell their home!  

    To contact William, please email him at 
    williamsellsrealestate@gmail.com
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