Board Chair and Interim President
Paraag Maddiwar is currently living the dream, having recently taken an “early retirement” after 20 years at Procter & Gamble. When he isn’t walking his dogs or hitting snooze one two many times and deciding to sleep in, he can be found working on his part-time job as a Supply Chain Consultant or actively planning and strategizing for NAAAP Cincinnati. Paraag grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky, but has considered Cincinnati his home for more than 15 years. However, he continues to hold out for some real chili and refuses to accept Skyline.
Nina lived in Los Angeles, California for most of her life. She moved to Cincinnati in 2016 and joined NAAAP Cincinnati to help make a positive impact to the community. Nina has held many leadership roles in non-profit organizations such as Key Club, Kiwanis International, CAYP Kiwanis, and UCLA’s Student Welfare Commission. She has over 17 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, and 6 years of experience organizing and hosting professional events. In her free time, Nina can be found reading an engaging book, hiking in the wilderness, watching Netflix marathons, enjoying delicious meals at random restaurants, snowboarding (or trying to) wherever snow can be found, walking her two adorable pups and hanging out with friends.
Tessa Xuan is the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Born in Lexington, KY and raised in Ohio, Tessa is a 2nd generation Chinese American. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University with 2 minors in Neuroscience and International Relations & Diplomacy. Before working at the Chinese Chamber, Tessa worked at Procter & Gamble in Research & Development, uncovering consumer insights and developing new Downy brand products in North America & Latin America.
Tessa is passionate about giving back to the Cincinnati Asian American community, having served in board positions or leadership positions with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Cincinnati chapter, Asian Community Alliance, Asian Food Fest, and the P&G Asian Pacific American employee network. In August 2015, she founded Women in NAAAP (WIN!), the first and only group for Asian female professionals in Cincinnati. She also serves on the board of Women Walking West and the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 younger siblings and meeting new people.