Glenn Lau-Kee was elected president of the US-Asia Institute in 2017. He is a former president of the 74,000 member New York State Bar Association. As the 117th president of NYSBA during 2014-2015, he was the first Asian-American to serve as President. Glenn is a member of the firm of Kee & Lau-Kee, PLLC, located in Manhattan, New York.
Mr. Lau-Kee began his law practice in 1975 in the international law firm of Coudert Brothers as an associate in the Hong Kong and New York offices, concentrating on banking and project financing matters. He joined the firm of Kee & Lau-Kee as a partner in 1977. He concentrates his practice in real estate and business law. He was a member of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline formed by New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. He also served as the American Bar Association Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Geneva.
He was a commissioner on the Commission on Human Rights of the City of New York from 1984-1990, serving as vice-chair of the Commission. He served on the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department, from 2007-2010. He has served as vice-chair of the Board of the YMCA of Greater New York, and as a board member of the New York County Bar Association, the Fund for Modern Courts, the New York Bar Foundation, Legal Services for New York City, and the Queens Legal Services Corporation. He served as the president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York from 1997-1999, and was appointed by then Chief Judge Judith Kaye to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice, and the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System.
Mr. Lau-Kee is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the New York City Partnership. He has been awarded the Dean’s Medal from Albany Law School, the Jane M. Bolin Leaders in Law Award from the Judicial Friends Association, and the Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA. He is also the recipient of the Order of the Red Triangle from the YMCA of Greater New York, its highest honor.
He is a 1971 graduate of Yale University and a 1974 graduate of the Boston University School of Law.
Mary Sue Bissell came to the US-Asia Institute in 1979 and worked with co-founders Esther G. Kee and Joji Konoshima as Director of Programs and Publications from 1979-84. From 1987-90, she served as USAI’s Executive Director. While at the Institute, she sought to strengthen relations between the United States and Asia through organizing high-level conferences and policy dialogues, managing government-to-government exchange programs, and coordinating congressional staff trips to various Asian countries.
Ms. Bissell has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, conference planning, volunteer coordination, grant-writing, editing, strategic planning, marketing, education and fundraising. She edited conference proceedings from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th National Leadership Conferences, and a publication on U.S. immigration policy toward Asia. She also provided oversight to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange for 2.5 years. She has received numerous local, state and national awards and recognition for writing, public speaking and community service.
Ms. Bissell is a graduate of the University of South Dakota. She is married with two daughters.
Robert F. Jordan started a 36-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Information Agency in 1956. He served as the Public Affairs Officer and director of the United States Information Service in 11 countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America with responsibility for all U.S. government press and cultural exchange programs.
Mr. Jordan was president of the Fulbright Commission in several countries and was also president of the Government of Ireland’s scholarship board. While on a Washington tour he was assigned to USIA’s inspection corps and conducted policy and public diplomacy inspections of American embassies in some 40 countries worldwide.
Mr. Jordan is the recipient of several meritorious and superior honor awards and performance pay awards from USIA, the Department of Defense and the Department of State. He also received the Order of Merit from the Government of Portugal. He was frequently selected to organize press facilities for the White House Press Corps for overseas visits of U.S. presidents. Following retirement in 1992 he was called back by both USIA and the Department of State to conduct policy inspections of some 20 embassies worldwide. From 1995 to 2001, he worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency handling the Spanish-speaking media on disasters around the country.
Mr. Jordan served overseas in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 and then attended the University of Massachusetts, graduating in 1951. He also attended Boston College Graduate School and the University of Mexico in Mexico City.
Madeline Clough first became involved at the US-Asia Institute during the summer of 2015 as a Political Affairs intern. She has deep ties to the Institute as the niece of Trustee Lisabeth Sugahara, granddaughter of Chairman KG Sugahara, and great-granddaughter of Chairman Kaytaro Sugahara.
She is a recent graduate at Colgate University, where she studied International Relations and Asian Studies, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2016, she spent five months in Geneva, Switzerland, taking courses, interning with the NGO Franciscan’s International and participating in the Human Rights Council. Since then, she interned with the Campaigns and Advocacy department at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and consulted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), on youth engagement.
Jonathan Canfield is a rising sophomore at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, CT, where he is double majoring in Government and the College of East Asian Studies with a focus on International Relations and Political Economy. He has a deep curiosity for learning languages, having studied Japanese over the past twelve years and starting elementary Korean this fall.
Particularly interested in US-Japan-ROK security and civil society relations, Jonathan hopes to pursue a career in foreign service, international law, or consulting.
Jacob Hafey is an undergraduate student at Tufts University double majoring in International Relations with a Concentration in East Asian Studies and Chinese. He has a keen interest in Chinese history, politics, and culture, furthered by his research on topics ranging from intellectual property rights to the development of the rule of law in the PRC.
In his spare time, Jacob write as a member of one of Tufts University’s sketch comedy groups, The Institute, which has performed on both the local and national levels.
Megan Smith is from Germantown, Maryland but spent nearly half of her life overseas in New Delhi, India and Seoul, South Korea due to her father’s diplomatic service. She is pursuing a Political Science major and International Relations minor at Davidson College in North Carolina. She has become increasingly passionate on matters of trade, agriculture and food security in the Southeast Asia region.
After receiving her diploma in 2019, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and later pursue a graduate degree in the Washington D.C area with a focus on Foreign Affairs.
Alison Steinbach is a rising junior at Harvard University, where she majors in Social Studies with a focus on contemporary China. Having grown up in Washington, DC, Alison is excited to be on Capitol Hill this summer with the US-Asia Institute, pursuing her interests in international relations and Asia-related policy. She has spent time studying and traveling in China and elsewhere in Asia, and has studied Chinese language since high school.
After graduation in 2019, Alison hopes to pursue a career in journalism, international relations, or teaching.
Vikki Shum is a third year student doing Government and Laws in the University of Hong Kong, with specialization in International relations. Vikki is deeply interested in trade and intellectual property law.
After graduation, Vikki hopes to pursue a career in intellectual property law, or with NGOs related to developmental issues or trade.
Lumi Youm is a rising senior at Amherst College, where she is pursuing a degree in Asian Languages and Civilizations, with a focus on East Asia, especially China. She has spent half her life in South Korea and the second half in the U.S., and is fluent in Korean and English. She is currently in the process of learning Mandarin Chinese and becoming trilingual.
Lumi hopes that cooperation between the East and West can help forge the way to the best future possible, and wants to help accomplish that through a career in international affairs.