Posted on 20 February 2014.
By Assunta Ng
Martha Choe began her Life Achievement Award acceptance speech with Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote at the Seattle Business magazine’s Executive Excellence Awards dinner recently.
At the Fairmount Olympic Hotel, most people in the room were aware that Choe, chief administrative office for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), works with smart, remarkable, and influential leaders, including Bill Gates Jr. and Sr., Jeff Raikes, Patty Stonesipher, Sylvia Mathews Burwell (all three were BMGF executives), and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Choe called them mentors, role models, and teachers. Read the full story
Posted in Publisher Ng's blog, Vol 33 No 9 | 2/22-2/28
Posted on 14 November 2013.
The Nov. 5 election saw 10 API candidates in contested races throughout King County. Four were decidedly victorious; four others appear headed for overwhelming losses, while one is too close to call. In the days following election night, it was generally considered that Kshama Sawant, looking to replace Richard Conlin in his Seattle City Council seat, would not come up with enough votes to win. Sawant issued an optimistic warning to Conlin: In two years, she’d be back with a win. The daily count has since seen her numbers rise, and as of Wednesday night, she had surpassed Conlin by 402 votes. If she wins, she’ll be the first Indian American to ever sit on the Seattle City Council, as well as the first Socialist. Too interesting. Read the full story
Posted in Editorials, Vol 32 No 47 | 11/16-11/22
Posted on 03 March 2011.
Martha Choe (left) and Estela Ortega
At the Women of Valor Awards, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, with special guests U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, honored individuals who have made a difference in their communities. Read the full story
Posted in Names in the News, Vol 30 No 10 | 3/5-3/11
Posted on 28 October 2010.
The University of Washington (UW) Women’s Center is celebrating 100 years of women voting in Washington state by honoring 100 influential women in the state that have broken barriers in various fields. Read the full story
Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 29 No 44 | 10/30-11/5
Posted on 07 October 2010.
With the highest education rate, why are Asian Americans still relatively behind in their careers?
By Irfan Shariff
Northwest Asian Weekly
Image by Stacy Nguyen/NWAW
The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) indicates that a gender wage gap still exists. The median income of women is still 77.9 percent that of men. Read the full story
Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 29 No 41 | 10/9-10/15
Posted on 22 September 2010.
From left: NAAAP-Seattle Community Service Chair David Eam, NAAAP-Seattle Professional Development Chair Hang-Ping Chen, NAAAP-Seattle member Connie Sugahara, and NAAAP-Seattle President Gil Gido
Dr. Qi Lu (left) and Martha Choe
At the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) National Convention in San Francisco, NAAAP’s Seattle chapter placed second in community service and third in professional development.
Local individuals Martha Choe, chief administrative officer of foundation operations at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Qi Lu, president of Microsoft’s Online Services Division, were two of NAAAP’s 10 honorees for its NAAAP 100 Program. ♦
Posted in Names in the News, Vol 29 No 39 | 9/25-10/1
Posted on 10 December 2009.
(Photos by George Liu/NWAW)
By Steven Cong
Northwest Asian Weekly
“This dinner is not a town hall meeting,” joked Assunta Ng, founder of the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, the event’s organizer, referring to the celebration dinner held at the House of Hong on Dec. 4 honoring Dow Constantine, Martha Choe, Lloyd Hara, Mike McGinn, John Okamoto, and Betty Patu. They were named the 2009 Top Contributors to the Asian Community by the Northwest Asian Weekly. This year’s theme was “Diversity at the Top.” Read the full story
Posted in Community News, Features, Vol 28 No 51 | 12/12-18
Posted on 25 November 2009.
Martha Choe — an established leader
By Nina Huang
Northwest Asian Weekly
Martha Choe is a jack of all trades. She started out as a high school teacher, moved to commercial banking, then to government services, and now she’s working for the largest global private foundation in the world.
Choe has been sought by former Gov. Gary Locke and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for her firm and effective leadership.
Choe is the daughter of Korean immigrants who arrived in the United States in 1948 as post-graduate students. Her parents were early immigrant pioneers and settled in New York, where Choe was born. Read the full story
Posted in Profiles, Vol 28 No 49 | 11/28 - 12/4