Akron-based Asian Services In Action Inc., has named Elaine Tso as its new chief executive officer.
Tso succeeds Michael Byun, who stepped down in 2018 after leading ASIA Inc. for 15 years. Tso has served as interim co-CEO for the past six months.
ASIA Inc. is a provider of healthcare, social services and advocacy for the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities of Northeast Ohio.
Tso has "been a stabilizing force during this transition and now she’s ready to lead us to new growth. We also know she’ll be an advocate for new Americans," board President Alyssa Naragon said.
Tso, a lawyer and a resident of Broadview Heights, joined ASIA Inc.’s board of directors over a decade ago, was its president for four years and has served as its fundraising committee chair since 2011.
With a staff of about 80 employees and a budget of more than $5.5 million, ASIA Inc. is the largest human services agency in Ohio’s AAPI community.
Services provided by ASIA Inc. to qualifying recipients include preschool and after-school programs, social groups for seniors, legal assistance, economic development programs and basic health and human services. The organization opened its first federally qualified health center in Cleveland in 2013 and its second site in Akron in 2016.
“I am overjoyed to be trusted with this precious responsibility,” Tso said.
Tso graduated from MIT with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and worked briefly for an auto manufacturer before attending law school at the University of Akron. She then served as a private litigation attorney and volunteered for ASIA Inc.
Said May Chen, who co-founded ASIA, Inc. in 1995 and served as its first executive director: “How blessed ASIA is to have this extraordinary leader."
Tso will be reintroduced to the community as CEO at ASIA Inc.’s Annual Spring Speaker Series, 9 to 11 a.m. May 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn.
The featured speaker will be Akron police officer Damber Subba, the first Nepali refugee from Bhutan to join the police force. To register for the event, go to www.asiaohio.org/springseries. Alternatively, call Kimlee Sureemee at 216-881-0330 Ext. 8811.