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Board of Directors

Annie Esposito, President

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney

 

Annie is a Deputy District Attorney at the Alameda County DA’s Office. She is currently the Assistant Branch Head in the Pleasanton office. Before that, she was the co-team leader of the DNA/Cold Case Unit where she prosecuted cold homicide cases. Her prior assignments include Felony Trial unit where she tried homicides, and General Felony Trials where she tried serious felonies including robbery, sexual assaults, and homicides. Before joining the DA’s Office, Annie worked in real estate and the stock brokerage industry. She is currently a member of several bar organizations and serves on their respective Judicial Endorsement Committees. Annie is also a board member for local and regional community outreach organizations that focus on empowering Asian Americans in the political arena. Annie served as the President of AAPA from 2011-2014.

 

 

Danny Lau, Vice President

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney

 

Danny Lau has been a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for 11 years. He is currently assigned to the auto insurance fraud unit, and has served on the felony law and motion unit, and felony trial units in Oakland and Hayward.  Danny obtained his law degree from McGeorge School of Law in 2007 and received a BA in Economics from UC Davis in 2003. Danny currently shares in leading the high school mentoring workshops for the Asian Youth Services Committee in Oakland’s Chinatown. In previous years, Danny taught and mentored API college students in community summer intern programs.

 

 

Stephanie Kang, Secretary

Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney

 

Stephanie Kang is a Deputy District Attorney in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.  She is currently the Misdemeanor Team Supervisor, after finishing a three year rotation in the Domestic Violence Unit, where she prosecuted serious domestic violence cases and trained law enforcement agencies on DV investigation. She received her B.S. and B.A. from the University of Southern California and received her J.D. from UC Hastings. Stephanie is also a Legal Research & Writing instructor at UC Hastings as well as an alumni coach for its moot court teams.  She is passionate about serving the community and advancing opportunities for API prosecutors. Stephanie served as the President of AAPA from 2018-2019.

 

 

Sharon Carney, Treasurer

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney

 

Sharon is a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County DA’s Office. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from UCLA and her J.D. from UC Hastings. She began her career as a Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County before coming to Alameda County. She has worked on the Felony Trial Team prosecuting serious felonies including sexual assaults, robbery and homicides. She has also worked on the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit where she prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation of minors, and taught courses for other law enforcement agencies regarding the prosecution of human trafficking cases. She has served as a mentor on the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) Sexual Assault Mentor DA Program and taught courses for CDAA regarding Human Trafficking.  Sharon currently serves as the Treasurer of AAPA.

 

 

Kevin Ikuma

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney

 

Kevin Ikuma began his career as a prosecutor in 1996.  He worked as prosecutor in various assignments including the felony trial staff unit until 2006.  In 2006, he left the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to work as a criminal defense attorney.  While a private attorney, he served as President of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association and Treasurer of the Women Lawyers of Alameda County.  Kevin rejoined the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in 2015 and has served in various assignments, including the felony preliminary examination team and misdemeanor pretrial negotiations.

 

 

Marshall Khine

San Francisco Assistant District Attorney

 

Marshall is an Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He obtained his B.S. from Cornell University and his J.D. from California Western School of Law. He has been assigned to almost every trial unit in the Office and has managed the Domestic Violence Unit, the Mental Health Unit and the Sexual Assault Unit. Marshall currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Division.  He currently serves as a Board member for AAPA.

 

 

Michael Carney

Riverside County Deputy District Attorney

 

Michael Carney has been a Deputy District Attorney for 11 years in Riverside County, where he has been the Trial Team Leader of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit and is presently the Trial Team Leader of the Gang Crimes Unit.  Michael graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was a summer law clerk at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. 

 

 

Peter Kim

Riverside County Deputy District Attorney

 

Peter Kim is a Deputy District Attorney with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.  Peter graduated from Loyola Law School in 2006 and began working with the Riverside County DA’s Office that same year.  He has spent the entirety of his legal career at that office and is approaching his tenth year as a Deputy District Attorney.  Peter is currently assigned to the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. During his career as a prosecutor, he has served in various assignments and has prosecuted a wide range of crimes including domestic violence, crimes against police officers, and murder.

 

 

Ryan Kao

San Francisco Assistant District Attorney

 

Ryan Kao is an Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.  He received his Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Amherst College and his Juris Doctor with a specialization in Public Interest Law from the University of California at Los Angeles.  His current assignment is the General Felonies unit, and his most recent assignment was establishing the DUI Vertical Prosecution Program, where he trained as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) and specialized in prosecuting fatal and major injury drug DUIs.  He still teaches on the subject and is a POST certified academy instructor.