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APIA Scholars Welcomes Two New Members to its Board of Directors

Julie Caperton & Jeff Luong join in support of the largest nonprofit for APIA higher education access

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholars (APIA Scholars) has elected new members of its Board of Directors: Julie Caperton, Head of Wealth Client Solutions for Wealth and Investment Management at Wells Fargo, and Jeff Luong, Vice President of Radio Access Network Construction and Operations at AT&T.  

“Julie and Jeff will serve as excellent thought partners to collaborate with in advancing our mission,” said APIA Scholars President & Executive Director Noël Harmon, Ph.D. “As we continue onward into 2020, we are excited to have these two join our efforts to support our Scholars. Wells Fargo and AT&T are two companies that played an important role in the founding of our organization, and we look forward to the leadership and experience Julie and Jeff bring to the table.”  

The new Board members bring insight and experience to further APIA Scholars’ vision of a world where all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, or financial means.  

APIA Scholars Board Member Julie Caperton is head of Wealth Client Solutions for Wealth & Investment Management (WIM). In this role, she is responsible for leading a cross-WIM platform for Banking, Trust, and Business Sales and Advisory (mergers and acquisitions) offerings, among others. Wealth Client Solutions is also WIM’s central contact point for business development with Wells Fargo’s Wholesale lines of business. A 17-year veteran of Wells Fargo, Julie served most recently as head of Corporate Development as well as head of Asset-Backed Finance and Corporate Trust Services. Julie joined Wells Fargo’s predecessor firm, Wachovia, in 2002 as head of structured products in the legal division. Before joining Wells Fargo, Julie was a securities law and structured-finance attorney with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. Julie is an advocate for the development and engagement of Wells Fargo team members, serving as an executive sponsor and member of the Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council and the WIM Diversity & Inclusion Council. Outside of work, she is a fundraising chair for Christ the King Catholic High School and the founder and chief fundraiser for the Christus Rex Boosters organization. She serves on the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest Law School and is involved in fundraising for the North Carolina Dance Theater and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Julie lives in Cornelius, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and two dogs. 

APIA Scholars Board Member Jeff Luong is Vice President of AT&T’s West Access Construction and Engineering, responsible for Wireless and Wireline Access across the Nation’s 13 Western States, inclusive of Hawaii and Alaska. His organization is comprised of 3,500 employees who plan, design, build, and maintain AT&T’s network infrastructure. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his tenure, including VP of RAN Construction, National Construction & Engineering (C&E) Staff, Field Wireline C&E Operations across Western and Northeast states, and Chief of Staff for the AT&T President of Network Operations. Jeff joined AT&T (Pacific Bell) in 1996 as an Outside Plant Design and Planning engineer. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Cindy and their two daughters, Abby and Sofia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Corporate Finance from the University of Southern California (USC). Jeff also serves on the board of Wescom Credit Union, a financial institution with 24 branches and over 200,000 members throughout Southern California. 

The APIA Scholars Board of Directors provide counsel and establish policies that further the organization’s growing programmatic, scholarship, and research portfolio.  

About APIA Scholars

Based in Washington, D.C., Asian & Pacific Islander American (APIA) Scholars is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating opportunities that provide access to higher education and resources that cultivate the academic, personal and professional success of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs). These efforts include various development programs, college preparation workshops, and scholarship awards. Since 2003, APIA Scholars has distributed over $150 million in scholarships to deserving APIA students.  APIA Scholars manages three scholarship programs: the APIA Scholars General Scholarship, the APIA Scholars Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.