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AACI leader to work for Stanford Health Care

Palo Alto resident Michele Lew, CEO of nonprofit serving Asian Americans, leaves organization

Palo Alto resident Michele Lew, president and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), has left her post after more than 10 years to join Stanford Health Care, the organization announced last week.

Lew joined the large nonprofit, which serves the Asian community in Santa Clara County and was founded in Palo Alto, as CEO in 2005. Since then, AACI has more than doubled in size, has an annual budget of $18 million and serves over 15,000 clients annually, according to an announcement of Lew's departure.

"Working at AACI has been an honor of a lifetime and a highlight of my career," Lew said in a statement. "Along the way, there are so many clients, staff, and volunteers who have inspired and taught me. I am profoundly grateful."

"We are greatly appreciative of Michele's exemplary leadership over the last decade," said Patrick Kwok, chairman of AACI's board of directors, in a statement. The board named Sarita Kohli, who is currently the executive vice president for AACI's Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs, as interim CEO and has also appointed a committee to start the search for a new leader.

Lew holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University and a master's in public policy degree from Harvard University. She and AACI have been involved in local youth issues in recent years, advocating for the district to support culturally relevant counseling and outreach services to students of Asian heritage and their parents.

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AACI leader to work for Stanford Health Care

Palo Alto resident Michele Lew, CEO of nonprofit serving Asian Americans, leaves organization

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Jun 8, 2016, 9:42 pm

Palo Alto resident Michele Lew, president and CEO of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), has left her post after more than 10 years to join Stanford Health Care, the organization announced last week.

Lew joined the large nonprofit, which serves the Asian community in Santa Clara County and was founded in Palo Alto, as CEO in 2005. Since then, AACI has more than doubled in size, has an annual budget of $18 million and serves over 15,000 clients annually, according to an announcement of Lew's departure.

"Working at AACI has been an honor of a lifetime and a highlight of my career," Lew said in a statement. "Along the way, there are so many clients, staff, and volunteers who have inspired and taught me. I am profoundly grateful."

"We are greatly appreciative of Michele's exemplary leadership over the last decade," said Patrick Kwok, chairman of AACI's board of directors, in a statement. The board named Sarita Kohli, who is currently the executive vice president for AACI's Behavioral Health and Wellness Programs, as interim CEO and has also appointed a committee to start the search for a new leader.

Lew holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University and a master's in public policy degree from Harvard University. She and AACI have been involved in local youth issues in recent years, advocating for the district to support culturally relevant counseling and outreach services to students of Asian heritage and their parents.

Comments

Marcie Brown
Esther Clark Park
on Jun 8, 2016 at 11:14 pm
Marcie Brown, Esther Clark Park
on Jun 8, 2016 at 11:14 pm
2 people like this

Great for Stanford Health Care as Michele is terrific. But what role will she have?


fcservices
Evergreen Park
on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm
fcservices, Evergreen Park
on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm
2 people like this

Congratulations to Michele! Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley has enjoyed collaborating with Michele at AACI. We look forward to continuing to collaborate in support of the health and wellness of people in this community.


Sarah1000
Los Altos
on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm
Sarah1000, Los Altos
on Jun 9, 2016 at 2:19 pm
4 people like this

Fingers crossed that Ms. Lew will have a role in youth mental health at Stanford. I'm looking forward to an announcement about her new position.


ALLAN and MARY SEID
Downtown North
on Jun 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm
ALLAN and MARY SEID, Downtown North
on Jun 9, 2016 at 5:12 pm
3 people like this

MS.MICHELE LEW, A SUPREME AND DEDICATED ADVOCATE FOR THE NEEDY OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY AND PRESIDENT/CEO OF ASIAN AMERICANS FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (AACI) FOR A DECADE IS DEPARTING TO FACE NEW CHALLENGES AT STANFORD HEALTH CARE. UNDER MICHELE'S TENUE, AACI EXPANDED ITS SERVICES TO ASSIST NOT ONLY IMPOVERISHED ASIAN AMERICAN RESIDENTS BUT SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF OTHER MINORITY AND CAUCASIAN AMERICANS AND ALSO VICTIMS OF TORTURE,TRAUMA AND SEXUAL TRAFFICKING FROM OVER SIXTY FOREIGN COUNTRIES. THERE ARE FEW WHO CAN EQUAL HER ORGANIZATIONAL COMPETENCE, HER COMPASSION AND HER DEDICATION TO SERVE THE HELPLESS. MICHELE HAS KEPT THE FAITH. GO IN PEACE WITH OUR BEST WISHES AND PROFOUND GRATITUDE!.

ALLAN aND MARY SEID
AACI FOUNDERS 1973


Jet pilot
Stanford
on Jun 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Jet pilot, Stanford
on Jun 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm
2 people like this

Ms. Lew sounds like she will be a great asset to the already strong Stanford Healthcare team. Stanford has systematically recruited the very best and brightest from other organizations like Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, other local healthcare systems, and now AACI. In many cases these recruits are now leading important programs at both SHC and the School of Medicine.


Irene W.
Downtown North
on Jun 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm
Irene W., Downtown North
on Jun 15, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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Thank you for all you have done as President and CEO of AACI! Stanford Health Care is fortunate to have such a smart, empathetic and strategic leader joining their team!!


Wife of M.D.
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm
Wife of M.D., Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 15, 2016 at 9:35 pm
3 people like this

What is her position at Stanford? I hope she can turn that place around. The customer service is full of incompetency.


What Was That
Professorville
on Jun 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm
What Was That, Professorville
on Jun 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm
9 people like this

Stanford Healthcare is strong?? They sure fooled me! The customer service is lousy, the billings full of error and charges for things that the patient did not receive, the after-care neglectful.

They nearly killed a friend with an absurdly incorrect diagnosis and wrong medication. Oversight DID kill another friend, and a seven-hour delay killed another

Their excessively expensive rates and probable bill-padding is the only thing keeping their heads above water! They lose a lot of justified malpractice suits.

No accountability, scarcely any ethics, far too many administrators.


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