Taiwanese American Citizens League (TACL) was officially established on July 13, 1985, with the mission to help improve the quality of life of Taiwanese Americans in the United States.

The mission of TACL is to enhance the quality of life for Taiwanese Americans. Our work is largely devoted to Leadership, Identity, Networking, and Citizenship.

The professional chapters of TACL, branded Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP), make up the largest network of Taiwanese American young professionals in the United States. TACL’s TAP chapters span the country from coast to coast, with events and programs focused on pillars of culture, community service, professional, social, and leadership. TAP chapters serve as the local voice and leadership of TACL in each region.

TACL’s programs serve to benefit all ages, but have all emphasized on leadership and identity development programs for youth, encouraging involvement and development in areas that Asian Americans lack adequate representation. Signature programs include the Leadership Identity Development (LID) and Leading Youth Forward (LYF) Camps, Political Internship (PIP), Journalism Internship (JIP), Entertainment Internship (EI), High School Scholarship, and Junior Taiwanese American Students Association (JTASA).

TACL is a 501(c)3 non-profit run entirely by unpaid volunteers.

History

National Board

PRESIDENT | Pamela Hung

Pamela grew up in Southern California (626) and currently lives in Boston. She has been active in the Taiwanese American community for nearly a decade – from coordinating youth camps (TACL-LID, TACL-LYF, TANG, TAF) to serving on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Citizens League (ITASA) to founding the Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) chapter in Boston. Pamela works in nonprofit consulting and has experience in public health and philanthropy. Pamela holds a MS in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health and a BA in Math Methods in Social Sciences from Northwestern University. In her free time, Pamela stays active through running, pilates, and hula-hooping.

 

DIRECTOR, POLITICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Jeff Shieh

Jeff was born and raised in Los Angeles, growing up predominately in the city of Cerritos. He was an intern on the TACL Political Internship Program in 2008 at the Office of CA Assemblymember Mike Eng, and currently serves as director of the Political Internship Program. He is passionate about galvanizing his fellow Taiwanese Americans to care and speak out on the myriad of issues that impact the Asian American community, and joined the TACL National Board as Director of Civic Engagement in 2016. Jeff currently works at Princess Cruises in Valencia, CA, planning the deployment of the company’s fleet of 18 ships, and previously worked as a Coordinator for International Relations in Kanazawa, Japan through the JET Programme. Jeff holds an M.B.A from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Literature and Languages from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS | Wellington Tzou

Wellington is an Atlanta native, born and raised. His first contacts with the Taiwanese American community was when he first attended Atlanta Taiwanese American Association events with his parents. He eventually began attending Taiwanese American Foundation summer camp during his middle school and high school years. After high school, Wellington received a BA of Economics from Emory University, where he also founded Emory TASA. After a few years working, he went back to school at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and received his JD in 2012. After law school, Wellington had some free time, so he helped establish TAP-ATL in 2013. He is currently VP of operations of the TACL board, a member of the GA Bar, and is working for a healthcare website.

 

TREASURER | Jacqui Wu

Jacqui was born in Hawaii and grew up in Taiwan, where she graduated from Taipei American School before moving back to the US. She obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and has been in NYC since. She has worked as a forensic accountant and an investment banker, but is now at a fixed income fund on the structured finance team. Previously, Jacqui served as the Co-President of TAP-NY and after that, President of TACL. She is now Treasurer on the TACL Board, hoping to continue making a difference and helping tie together the Taiwanese American community. When Jacqui had free time, she played volleyball and took classes at Equinox. Now, Jacqui just hangs out with her newborn baby.