Board of Directors

Annie Esposito, President

Assistant District Attorney, Alameda County

 

Annie is an Assistant District Attorney at the Alameda County DA’s Office. She is currently the Branch Head of the DA’s office at the East County Hall of Justice. Her previous assignments included: felony trial team leader, co-team leader of the DNA/Cold Case Unit, and felony trial staff where she tried homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies. 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.

 

 

Marshall Khine, Vice President

Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco County

 

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 Vice President for AAPA.

 

 

Ryan Kao, Secretary

Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco County

 

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 Crime Strategies Unit where he specializes in shootings and firearms trafficking. Past assignments include 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.

 

 

Sharon Carney, Treasurer

Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County

 

Sharon is a Deputy District Attorney in the Alameda County DA’s Office. She received her B.A. in History and her B.A. in  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 General Felony Trial Team prosecuting serious felonies including sexual assaults, robbery and homicides. She has also worked on the Domestic Violence Trial Team prosecuting felony domestic violence cases and the Human  Exploitation and Trafficking Unit where she prosecuted cases involving sexual exploitation of minors. As part of the Human Trafficking Unit, Sharon taught courses for law enforcement agencies regarding the prosecution and investigation of human trafficking cases and served as a mentor on the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) Sexual Assault Mentor DA Program. Sharon is currently assigned as a Charging DA for the East County Courthouse.

 

 

Kevin Ikuma

Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County

 

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.

 

 

Stephanie Kang

Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa County

 

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.

 

 

Danny Lau

Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County

 

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.