The U.S. Department of Commerce's, Minority Business Development Agency's (MBDA) National Director Ronald N. Langston, announced May 23, 2003 the appointment of Chiling Tong as the new Associate Director for Legislation, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs. Tong will oversee MBDA's Congressional outreach, intergovernmental affairs, international trade, advocacy and outreach to federal, state and local governments.
Prior to Tong's appointment with MBDA, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia and the Pacific, for the International Trade Administration, in the Department of Commerce, with responsibility for improving access by U.S. companies to Asia-Pacific markets; strengthening the international trade and investment position of the United States; establishing international economic policies concerning the Asia-Pacific region; and carrying out programs to promote international trade. Previously, Tong worked for the State of California to promote California's economic development, trade and employment services. She was the Director of California's Office of Trade and Investment in Taipei, Taiwan, and served as Assistant Secretary for International Trade in the California Trade and Commerce Agency. She subsequently worked for the California State Senate Office of Public Affairs as the Chief Asian American Affairs Advisor and was appointed by President George W. Bush as a commissioner of the White House Initiative for Asian Pacific Islander Americans.
Tong received her MBA from California State University at Long Beach and a BA from the Chinese Cultural University in Taiwan.