Chief Executive Officer & President
Asian/Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship
Chiling Tong is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Asian/Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE). Ms. Tong previously served at the Chief Executive Office and founding president of the International Leadership Foundation (ILF). She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of Minority Business Enterprises at the U.S. Department of Commerce and as an Ash Center research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ms. Tong has intensive experience in domestic and international economic and business development, with a focus on researching and enhancing the growth of small minority business enterprises competing in the global market. Previously, she served as chief of staff and associate director at the Minority Business Development Agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to Ms. Tong’s appointment with the MBDA, she served as the deputy assistant secretary for Asia and the Pacific at the International Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce. She has also served as a co-chair for the Coalition of Asian American Business Associations (CAABO).
Ms. Tong has received numerous awards due to her dedication and volunteer work for the AAPI community including the Ellis Island Award and President’s Volunteer Service Award. She is married to Joel Szabat, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation.