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Rose Olea

President & Chairwoman

After 15 years of active membership and board service at the local and national level, Rose continues to use her leadership experiences to guide the organization in all capacities as President for the Chicago chapter.

Rose led to the establishment of a women’s leadership program, an initiative geared toward professional and leadership development of Asian American women in the workforce, and is now nationally known as Women in NAAAP.  Additionally, Rose formed a consortium of Asian American Employee & Business Resource Groups, now known as Asian American Group Leaders, and consists of over 35 corporate employee resource groups and affinity groups.  Rose also co-chaired the 2005 NAAAP Convention in Chicago which was the first to feature three C-level executive keynote speakers: Indra Nooyi (COO, Pepsico), Sanjiv Anand (CTO, Hewitt), and Rohini Anand, (CDO, Sodexo).

Professionally, Rose is the Chief Operations Officer for Asian American Community Exchange (AACE), a market research firm that helps companies penetrate the Asian American market. Rose brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries – real estate appraisal, IT consulting, non-profit management, and market research.

Rose is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Labor Relations and Workforce Development. She has one daughter, Jocelyn, who attends college at Loyola University of Chicago.

Mike Valdez

Board Treasurer

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Mike Valdez serves as Treasurer and Secretary. As Treasurer, Mike oversees NAAAP Chicago’s finances, including the organization’s 501C(3) status, tax and insurance needs.  Mike’s initial involvement with NAAAP Chicago began in 2004 as a member in the Midwest Asian Affinity Business Network (MAABN) program, now Asian Affinity Group Leaders (AAGL). Through this involvement, he began to understand first-hand how NAAAP Chicago focuses on creating an open forum for Asian American corporate leaders throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas. Having served on NAAAP Chicago’s Board as Director of Corporate Relations from 2005 to 2007, Mike assumed the role of Director of Affinity Groups in 2008, Mike was elected as Treasurer in 2010 and as Secretary in 2013.

Mike is a Vice President with the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. With over 25 years of service, he currently is a Regional Banking Administrator.  Mike also serves as President of the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council within the company. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

He resides in Crystal Lake with his wife Karen and two sons, Ethan and Harrison. Mike is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion and a believer in giving back to the community.  In 2013 Mike was chosen by the United Nations “Do One Thing” slogan contest committee and presented his winning slogan to the Second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Rabia Zakaria


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Rabia currently serves on the Board of National Association of Asian American Professionals in Chicago.  Also, she is a committee member for Women in NAAAP in Chicago as well as serves as Outreach Chair for the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council at The Northern Trust Company.   Rabia is committed to serving the Asian community and is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

Rabia is a Vice President at the Northern Trust Company in Chicago.  With over 10 years of experience in client servicing, currently she is a Relationship Manager for Corporate & Institutional clients.  Rabia delivers and oversees a broad range of investment advisory, investment management, custody and banking services for ERISA qualified clients.  Rabia focuses on developing long-term, rewarding partnerships with her client base.  Prior to joining Northern Trust, Rabia was a Special Education Teacher at Winston Churchill Elementary School for 4 years. Rabia developed and individualized educational programs to set personalized goals for each student that were tailored to students individual style and ability.

Rabia received her Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  Rabia is fluent in English, Hindi & Urdu.  She enjoys reading, playing volleyball, traveling and spending time with her family.   

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