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APIA Scholars adds two to Board of Directors


Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholars (APIA Scholars) has elected two new members of its Board of Directors: Julie Caperton, Head of Wealth Client Solutions for Wealth and Investment Management at Wells Fargo, and Jeff Luong, Vice President of Radio Access Network Construction and Operations at AT&T.“Julie and Jeff will serve as excellent thought partners to collaborate with in advancing our mission,” says APIA Scholars President & Executive Director Noël Harmon, PhD. “As we continue onward into 2020, we are excited to have these two join our efforts to support our Scholars. Wells Fargo and AT&T are two companies that played an important role in the founding of our organisation. We look forward to the leadership and experience Julie and Jeff bring to the table.”

The new Board members bring insight and experience to further APIA Scholars’ vision of a world where all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin, or financial means.

APIA Scholars Board Member Julie Caperton is head of Wealth Client Solutions for Wealth & Investment Management (WIM). In this role, she is responsible for leading a cross-WIM platform for Banking, Trust, and Business Sales and Advisory (mergers and acquisitions) offerings, among others. Wealth Client Solutions is also WIM’s central contact point for business development with Wells Fargo’s Wholesale lines of business. 

A 17-year veteran of Wells Fargo, Caperton served most recently as head of Corporate Development as well as head of Asset-Backed Finance and Corporate Trust Services. Julie joined Wells Fargo’s predecessor firm, Wachovia, in 2002 as head of structured products in the legal division. Before joining Wells Fargo, Caperton was a securities law and structured-finance attorney with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and history from Syracuse University and a JD from Wake Forest University School of Law. Caperton is an advocate for the development and engagement of Wells Fargo team members, serving as an executive sponsor and member of the Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion Council and the WIM Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Outside of work, she is a fundraising chair for Christ the King Catholic High School and the founder and chief fundraiser for the Christus Rex Boosters organisation. She serves on the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest Law School and is involved in fundraising for the North Carolina Dance Theater and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Julie lives in Cornelius, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Luong is Vice President of AT&T’s West Access Construction and Engineering, responsible for Wireless and Wireline Access across the Nation’s 13 Western States, inclusive of Hawaii and Alaska. His organisation is comprised of 3,500 employees who plan, design, build, and maintain AT&T’s network infrastructure. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his tenure, including VP of RAN Construction, National Construction & Engineering (C&E) Staff, Field Wireline C&E Operations across Western and Northeast states, and Chief of Staff for the AT&T President of Network Operations. 

The APIA Scholars Board of Directors provide counsel and establish policies that further the organisation’s growing programmatic, scholarship, and research portfolio.

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