Susan Au Allen, Esq.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Susan Au Allen came to the United States from Hong Kong in 1970 at the invitation of the White House. She received her J.D. from the Antioch School of Law and an LL.M. in international law from Georgetown University Law Center. For 18 years, she practiced law in Paul Shearman Allen & Associates of Washington, DC and Hong Kong, and became nationally recognized for her work on immigration, international trade and investment.
In 1984, Ms. Allen founded the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) with a group of civic and business leaders in Washington, D.C, and became full time president & CEO in 2001. A strong and effective advocate for Asian American issues on Capitol Hill and in the White House, her achievements garnered an appointment by President George H.W. Bush to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1991-1996). She was also appointed vice chair of the Republican National Committee’s New Majority Council organized to reach out to minority communities across the nation; and served as its surrogate speaker from 1997 to 2000.
In the corporate world, she is recognized for her work in diversity. She is a member of the Diversity Council of the Premier Automotive Group (Aston Martin, Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover), TimeWarner, Wyndham International, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, NASA Minority Business Advisory Committee; the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College in New York; Secretary of Labor’s Committee on the Future of the Workplace of the President’s Council on the 21 st Century Workforce; and the Kennedy Center Community Board.
Ms. Allen has also served on the National Advisory Board of the Women’s Small Business Summits, the Board of Trustees of The Washington Initiative, Washington Board of Trade, the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority, and the diversity boards of AMTRAK, the U.S. Marine Corps and American Red Cross.
Her op-eds on issues related to business have been published in numerous national publications. She has also appeared as a commentator on C-Span, CNN, CNBC, ABC, Fox News, PBS public affairs programs and a television program produced by The World Affairs Council of Montreal, Canada.
Among the awards she has received are the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers’ Diversity Advocacy Award , NASA Special Recognition Award for Extraordinary Efforts in Promoting Small Business Programs Nationally and Internationally , Business Person of the Year Award from the League of Korean Americans-USA , and AT&T Spectrum Award for Advocacy for Minority Business Opportunity
Married, with two sons, Ms. Allen resides in McLean, Va.