Beginning her Presidency in September 2012, this is Ellen Chen's third year serving on board. As Director of Orange County Programs in 2012, she continued to grow the variety of events and programs offered in OC and branching out the APEX reach. In 2011, she served as APEX Cares Community Service Chair for Orange County where she successfully coordinated several events to benefit local organizations and promote community collaboration.
Ellen currently works in sales and operations management for an online retailer. She manages client relations for the business and oversees the day to day activities. In her previous work experience, she has been in the manufacturing and export industries.
Heavily involved with the community, she concurrently serves as OCA Orange County President, a national non-profit organization that focuses on API issues and advocacy. She is also part of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA) Development Committee where the team continues to strategize growth and increase their financial outreach to support in house programs. As a University of Southern California (USC) Trojan, she helps with the Asian Pacific Alumni Association's Orange County Events Committee.
Ellen graduated from USC with a degree in Business Administration, concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies and emphasis in East Asian Studies. Although born a Texan, she has resided in Irvine for over 15 years and loves both places just the same.
In her spare time, Ellen likes to share her enthusiasm of “snail mail”. She is the founder of Paper Dolce, a custom invitation and paper goods studio. Her other interests include planning vacations, exploring local eateries, and spending time with family and friends. Ellen lives by the approach: be kind and of service to others.
APEX challenges me with numerous opportunities to further develop my professional and personal skills. I continue to serve on board because of the dedicated, like-minded, motivated and giving individuals that want to enhance their experience with the Asian American community.