From left to right: Jason Wong, ACEL Board Chairman, Jane Bjornstad, FBI Community Outreach Specialist , Mike Caputo and Mark Cwynar, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of FBI Phoenix Division

July 20, 2015 (Phoenix, AZ) – On Saturday, July 11, Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) presented members of the FBI Phoenix Division the Community Partner Award. The accolade was presented at ACEL’s inaugural Leadership Conference.

The award recognizes organizations and individuals who have been exceptionally engaged with ACEL and have embraced the general leadership focus of the program, as well as community engagement and diversity. The FBI Phoenix Division was chosen because of its ongoing relationship with ACEL that has strengthened both organizations. ACEL leaders, Jason Wong, Alise Chan, Hannellie Mendoza, Kristi Lee and Dr. Tony Lee are Citizens Academy alumni, where they gained insightful knowledge of how the Bureau conducts itself. Since 2007, 15 other ACEL officers have also graduated from their flagship program. In addition, 5 youth participants of ACEL, also graduated from FBI’s Teen Academy program.

“We are proud to have FBI as community partner and the partnership is important to ensure a strong pipeline of community leaders who will help create awareness and build a stronger bond between the agency and our community,” said ACEL Board Chair Jason Wong. 800×600

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, which simultaneously serves as the nation’s prime Federal law enforcement organization. As the leading body in U.S. counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations in more than 200 categories of federal crime.


ACEL is a non-profit organization providing Asian American professionals across the Phoenix metropolitan area opportunities to work together to enhance Asian American leadership in careers, communities, and the local government. To learn more about us visit