Board of Directors
AALAC is led by a board of directors that provides leadership and oversight, helps with strategic planning, and ensures the fiscal and corporate integrity of AALAC.
Sonjui Kumar, Board Chair
Sonjui L. Kumar is a founding member in the law firm of Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee, LLC. She has been a practicing attorney for the past twenty one years, originally practicing in Hartford, Connecticut and since 1995 in Georgia. Attorney Kumar is a frequent speaker on issues relating to women and minorities in the profession, small and solo firm practice and business development. She is an active member of the South Asian community in Georgia and nationally. She is the Immediate Past President of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA), having served on its Executive Committee for the past four years. She is also a founding Trustee of the NASABA Foundation. Ms. Kumar is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), Atlanta Chapter. She has previously served as an at-large representative on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia. She was awarded the State Bar of Georgia’s 2008 Commitment to Equality Award and later served on the selection committee for that award. She is a Past President and Board member of the South Asian Bar Association of Georgia (SABA-GA) and an active member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL). In addition, Ms. Kumar is a member of the American Bar Association and the Connecticut Bar Association. Ms. Kumar graduated with high honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in West Hartford, Connecticut. She lives with her husband in Roswell, Georgia and has two daughters.
Kimberly R. Bourroughs, Board Member
Kimberly Bourroughs is a chief senior assistant district attorney at the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. In the Public Integrity Unit, Kimberly works with a team of other senior level prosecutors and experienced investigators to handle the investigation and prosecution of cases involving public officials, corruption in County or City government, and law enforcement officers, as well as the review of all law enforcement-related shootings or incidents involving injury to civilians. Prior to joining the Fulton County DA’s Office, Kimberly was an associate in the Atlanta office of Schiff Hardin LLP where she practiced in the General Litigation Group and on the firm’s National Appellate Team. At Schiff, Kimberly also worked closely with former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears as Chief of Staff. Kimberly began her legal career in public service as a prosecutor in DeKalb and Clayton Counties, and previously worked at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several policy organizations in Washington, DC before attending law school.
Raised in the Atlanta area, Kimberly obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University in Washington, DC, and her juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia. As a long time competitor and supporter of mock trial programs for students, Kimberly volunteers her much of her time as an attorney-coach for the DeKalb Early College Academy mock trial team and works with other college and law school teams. She is also active in the leadership of several professional and non-profit organizations, including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Gate City Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, the Georgia Asian and Pacific American Bar Association, the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, the Metro Atlanta Youth Football League, and other organizations throughout Georgia. Kimberly enjoys running, tennis, SEC college football, cooking, traveling, and her dog, “Harry Winston.”
Sara Hamilton, Board Member
Sara Hamilton is an associate in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s Atlanta office where she practices pharmaceutical and medical devices litigation and employment law. By day, she advises employers in regulatory matters and represents them in federal and state litigation, but her passion is serving the Asian and Asian-American community in Atlanta. A founding board member of the Korean-American Bar Association and past president of the Asian-American Law Students Association at Emory University, Sara helps oversee and develop AALAC’s long term strategy and vision. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Sara studied music in college, and lived and traveled throughout East and Southeast Asia.
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Masae Okura, Board Member and Treasurer
Masae Okura is an associate in the Atlanta office of Baker Donelson. She provides immigration counseling services to multinational companies, including business immigration, labor certifications, immigrant visas and consular representations. Ms. Okura also assists clients with outbound immigration services to Japan, China and other countries. Ms. Okura routinely provides immigration seminars and training for Japanese companies in the United States. She has lived in Japan, Canada and the People’s Republic of China and is fluent in Japanese, English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).
Cassandra Solomon, Board Member.
Cassandra is the Senior Director, Supply Chain Management at Manheim Remarketing, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, Georgia. Cassandra is responsible for assisting with the development of supply chain management strategies to optimize Manheim’s third party spend. She is also very heavily involved in the organization’s supplier diversity initiative. She has brought the same level of commitment and collaborative spirit to this position as in her previous position with Cox Communications as a full time employee in the Finance Process Improvement group.
Prior to joining Cox as an employee, Cassandra spent over 15 years working as a consultant primarily focused on systems implementation, best practices, project management, and process improvement. In her consulting role, Cassandra’s track record of superb client orientation included focusing on delivering results to her clients using change management strategies, leadership, and systematic thinking. As a system thinker, she has been able to drive decision making by understanding the interconnectedness of issues and focusing on the impact that her solution may have on other parts of the system.
Cassandra earned her bachelors in Business with honors from Clark Atlanta University. She received her Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She holds certifications in accounting (CPA) and project management (PMP). Cassandra has been living in Atlanta for almost 30 years and is committed to improving her community. She participates in various community activities from Habitat projects, Special Olympics projects, Project Open Hand and more recently with Trees of Atlanta. She is also a Year Up mentor, and enjoys traveling with her family.
Abraham Xiong, Immediate Past Chair.
Abraham is the President of the Government Contractors Association, a professional trade organization with a mission to serve the government contracting industry through education, facilitation and advocacy. Abraham has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. In between his stints in the corporate and entrepreneurial world, Abraham also served as a missionary in Thailand. Abraham is a Hmong refugee from Laos and is deeply committed to serving the Asian American community. Mr. Xiong holds a B.S. in Business Management and a Minor in Leadership from Shorter University.
Jamie Decter, Cultural Advisor
Jamie Decter is a cultural liaison, and has always gravitated toward international communities to live, work, and play. From her origins as an international communication and Chinese undergraduate student in Buffalo, New York, her years living in China as a language student, to her volunteer service to the Asian community of Atlanta, Jamie has demonstrated an unmatched ability to connect with people across many cultures. After successful completion of two intensive mandarin certificates from mainland China and a Master’s degree in Asian studies, Jamie moved to the greater Atlanta area to pursue her dream of founding an organization that helps international students and families connect and share with local cultures. Jamie founded Everyday Interaction, LLC, a relocation and cultural adaptation assistance organization, and focuses on preparing students and families to come to Atlanta, as well as provide opportunities to help international people find a sense of community. Aligned with these goals, she founded a multicultural group that started out for mothers of Korean students, and is now comprised of people from more than a dozen different countries. Jamie’s previous work includes many years as an English as a Second Language private and institutional teacher. In this field, she not only brought energy to teaching, but also designed and implemented authentic, conversational lesson plans for adult English learners. In addition to operating Everyday Interaction, LLC, Jamie serves on the board of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center of Georgia. Jamie’s passion is for connecting, learning about, and inspiring people through culture sharing.