ITASA 2016 East Coast Conference

Routes (Roots) of Action

February 11-13 | College Park, MD

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What is ITASA ECC?

The Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students Association (ITASA) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that connects, inspires, and empowers the Taiwanese American student community. ITASA’s annual East Coast Conference (ECC) attracts nearly 400 undergraduates nationwide who attend workshops led by prominent Taiwanese American speakers, social events to meet fellow students, and interactive discussions about culture, identity, education, and leadership. This year's conference will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park from February 11-13, 2015.

What is the schedule?

Who will be speaking?

Chieh Huang

Chieh Huang is the CEO and a Co-founder of Boxed Wholesale. Boxed is the wholesale experience for those without the time, means or patience for a brick-and-mortar warehouse club trip. The company currently delivers to anywhere in the Continental USA, and has raised over $35 million in funding to date, most recently from GGV Capital, Yuri Milner and Founder's Fund. Prior to Boxed, Chiehwas the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. After Zynga's pre-IPO acquisition of Astro Ape, he became the Director of Zynga Mobile NY, leading the fastest and most efficient game team within Zynga.

Juliet Bui

Juliet Bui is a Public Health Analyst in the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation and Office of Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she focuses on strategies to address behavioral health disparities. She has served as a Policy Advisor on Health at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). Juliet holds a B.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Psychology from Rice University, and a Master in Social Work and Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Jonathan Chen

Jonathan Chen is the CTO and Co-Founder of FiscalNote, a government data analytics startup he founded when he was a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park. FiscalNote raised $20 million in capital from notable investors including Mark Cuban and Jerry Yang. Today the company operates in the heart of Washington DC with 80+ employees. Jonathan graduated with a computer science degree and had the honor of delivering the student commencement speech at his college graduation. During college, Jonathan was heavily involved in TASA and ITASA and still continues his Taiwanese community involvement through TAP-DC.

Joy Liu

Joy Liu is currently the Director of Education at MOCA. She has developed education and outreach programs for museums and community organizations in urban and transitional communities in the U.S. and abroad. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa and in the Republic of Georgia. As an artist and educator, she has developed and led a number of youth development programs focused on art, literacy, and social justice. Liu holds a B.A. in Studio Art at the University of California Irvine, and a M.A. in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona.


Taiwanese American Next Generation (TANG) is an all volunteer organization focused on creating a nurturing community for Taiwanese American youth. Through this community, they mentor younger siblings and encourage them to become involved members of society through exploring four themes: Identity, Community, Growth, and Family. Through their unique position in the community, they also see themselves as a convener for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation members.

Dena Chang

Taiwanese singer/songwriter Dena Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Dena started learning piano at age six and began teaching herself guitar from age 13 after being deeply inspired by American singers Michelle Branch and Taylor Swift. From the beginning, Dena showed a keen interest in writing her own songs as well as learning songs by her favorite artists. Dena wrote her first song at the age of 15 and also started her YouTube channel. She graduated with a degree in nursing this past June and is currently pursuing music at the Berklee College of Music.

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