Cuong Quy Huynh is the President of the Enlightened Initiative. Cuong is also a former Presidential Management Fellow at NASA. He is also an America’s Leaders of Change Fellow, sponsored by the National Urban Fellows. Cuong is a policy analyst for NASA, and he has analyzed over twenty-five Earth and space science programs totaling in excess of $213 million. Cuong is a Socrates Scholar at the Aspen Institute in February and August 2010 where he learned about energy, climate change, and immigration. In 2006, Cuong is a graduate of the prestigious International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), which is sponsored by the University of Denver.
He is the former President of the International Career Advancement Association, an alumni group of ICAP. In 2004, Cuong worked at the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance as a Legislative Fellow. He worked on international trade and tax issues for the Committee, specifically focusing on China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (“ASEAN”). Cuong also learned about energy and environmental issues when he was at the Senate Finance Committee. He is a former political refugee from Vietnam where he left his homeland because of political oppression and lack of economic opportunities.
Cuong graduated with a law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law as a Thurgood Marshall Fellow. He also graduated with a master’s degree in public policy from The University of Chicago as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Cuong received international affairs training from Princeton University with the support of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with honors from UCLA. Cuong is an Ambassador to the Heart of Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and education for low-income children in the United States. Cuong is a Fellow with the U.S.-Spain Leaders Program in 2007.
Jesecca Ortiz Huynh is the Treasurer of the Enlightened Initiative. Jesecca is a Business Management Major from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She is a former staff for Youth With A Mission Montana (YWAM), Branch Campus of the University of the Nations. During her years with Youth With a Mission she was in charged of planning and leading, twice a year, a two-month overseas field assignment. Her goal was to develop in her students in various leadership skills and how to develop strategies for effectiveness on the mission field.
Jesecca spent most of her life working as a volunteer in various organizations that focus in developing leadership skills in at-risk youth. Jesecca has an international understanding of cultures due to her training in several countries including Asia, Europe, North America, South America and the Caribbean. From 2007-2009 she served as a Director for The Timothy Project in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. The Timothy Project is a non-profit school that helps at risk children and provides them of education and basic health care. As a Director, Jesecca visited the families of boys who work as shoe shiners in the streets, provided counseling and recruited the boys to participate in the first phase of the project that is called The Shoe Shiners Club. (The goal of the club is that the boys would receive a nutritious meal once a week and teachings that would change their styles of living). After that the boys were introduced to the second phase of the project called theTimothy School, where the boys are educated in the basic school subjects, receive proper character teachings, and obtain free medical physical check-ups. Currently, Jesecca serves as a foreign contact to promote the Timothy Project and serve as a liaison between the donors and the school.
Stephen Bernheisel is a video producer with more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of visual communication. He is an expert in all aspects of video production and is able to script strong visual stories, shoot in the studio or the field, and edit on tight deadlines to produce a polished, high-impact product. His work has received numerous Emmy awards and other recognition. In earlier engagements as an entrepreneur and creative service director, he worked with varied production teams to manage simultaneous productions. Steve is proficient with the Sony XDCAM and PD-150 DVCam, Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Compressor, Photoshop, Live Type, Camtasia, Captivate, MacCapture, and SonicFire Pro and has experience working with Adobe Flash and Dreamweaver.
Saber Productions Inc
Saber Productions is a video production company specializing in corporate brand identity and employee training videos. As president and founder, Mr. Bernheisel has developed numerous corporate (nonfiction) sales/marketing and training videos for distribution on the web and DVD. He has written, produced, videotaped, and edited corporate presentations as well as promos, public service announcements, and commercials for Washington DC television stations WRC-TV and WJLA-TV.
David King is a proud alumnus of Albany State University who firmly believes that capitalizing on the right opportunities when presented is critical to navigating the pathways to success. In the fall semester of his junior year, just prior to completing the requirements for his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science with an emphasis in mathematics, he received the opportunity to attend the 7th annual Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute. The three-day event served as a springboard, launching David into the hands of potential mentors and recruiters from many of the largest and most powerful companies in the world.
In 2010, facing graduation and hopeful about entrance into the professional world, he was approached by Booz Allen Hamilton for an interview, which was one of the companies he’d kept in contact with. Three months before graduation David was interviewed and awarded a position with Booz Allen. Booz Allen was named one of the best companies in which to launch a career, cited for its commitment to diversity and for its stellar training programs and investments in their employees. He now works as a consultant in the newly emerging cyber security market focusing on identity management. David immediately began work on an exciting project with many of the brightest professionals from all over the globe. After only two months on board, David was presented with the opportunity to serve a brief stint in Germany. He states, “I could not have picked a better place to launch my career if I tried.”