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Bonnie Lee Wolf | Candidate for President-Elect

 Bonnie Lee Wolf

 Candidate for President-Elect

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Candidate Statement

We all have stories to tell. It is in times like these, we need to share them. Our shared stories help us realize that we are more alike than different. They connect us and NAPABA.

Here is my story:

As a Korean adoptee growing up in a loving and warm Caucasian family, I never saw myself as different—just loved for who I was. But, the harsh realities of this world became clear as I ventured from the comfort of my home in Maryland to college in South Carolina, and then law school in rural Ohio. The stares, discriminatory comments, and racial slurs I endured forced me to realize that others viewed me differently.

My identity struggle increased when other fellow Asian Americans told me that I wasn’t “really” Asian because I was an adoptee. I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere and was stuck in an ill-defined in-between. That all changed when I attended my first NAPABA convention back in 2007.

I have now been involved with NAPABA for over 11 years, including serving on the Board for the past four years. Over this time, I’ve heard many members share their story and realized there are others just like me. This past May, I attended NAPABA’s annual lobby day, and shared my story when we advocated for support of the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018. I have never felt prouder to be part of an inclusive organization that so actively advocates for causes that truly impact its members.

NAPABA is changing, and the challenge is to determine how best to serve the evolving needs of its members. More than ever before, I intend to be a dedicated ambassador for NAPABA, its over 80 affiliates and national associates, and members with their vastly different needs.

My vision for continued inclusiveness within NAPABA is based upon my varying experiences and perspectives gained.

• Connecting APAs in a meaningful way that results in business development. Based upon my seven years at a large regional law firm working toward partnership, I appreciate the need for business development for both career advancement, and continued involvement with organizations like NAPABA.

• Developing and implementing creative means to establish ongoing and sustainable sponsorship for NAPABA. Over the past 5 years as in-house counsel, I’ve gained a critical understanding of business strategy and acumen. This experience provides me valuable insight into strategies that would motivate sponsors to support NAPABA.

• Providing ongoing tailored programming, training and benefits for our diverse membership. As Regional Governor for the Central Region, I represented affiliates that span a geographic territory over 750 miles. There were affiliates that were forming in need of assistance with corporate governance documents, filings and finding members. Then, there were well-established organizations with hundreds of members struggling to engage its memberships, develop leadership pipelines and provide its members significant programming and training opportunities. As Regional Governor, I connected the affiliate presidents with each other and NAPABA to provide them support and resources for their unique goals and challenges.

To help ensure that NAPABA sustains its legacy of impact, inclusiveness and service to its members, I ask for your support to lead this organization as President-Elect. I am fully prepared to take my involvement to the next level, and to serve and lead an organization that has made me feel included -- a place where I can tell my story, a place where I belong. I am committed to upholding the integrity of NAPABA, promoting its mission and values, and ensuring that it will continue to promote inclusion and support all its members and their stories.

It would be my great privilege to continue my service on the NAPABA Board as President-Elect. I would be honored to earn your vote. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Thank you for your consideration.

Candidate Bio

Bonnie Lee Wolf is Counsel at Nationwide Insurance in the Litigation Employment Department responsible for managing all aspects of agent litigation. In addition to managing outside counsel and overall litigation strategy of pending matters, she collaborates with business legal partners and clients in mitigating litigation risks.

Previous to this role at Nationwide, Bonnie supported the Company’s exclusive sales channel in the P&C Sales Legal Practice group handling a wide variety of legal matters, including drafting agent contracts and programs, investigations and pre-litigation matters. Prior to joining Nationwide, Bonnie worked at a regional law firm in its litigation department for seven years. There she gained experience in representing clients in all phases of litigation, including appeals, settlement negotiations, mediations, trial and arbitration.

Bonnie is currently serving as the Secretary and Board member for NAPABA. She is a Board Member and Community Service Chair of her local affiliate the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio (“APABA-CO”) and former President of APABA-CO.

Originally from Severna Park, Maryland, Bonnie received her B.A. magna cum laude from Winthrop University and her J.D. from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law with distinction. Bonnie now resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Matt, who she has been married to for 14 years and is a proud mother to their 6-year-old son Taylor and their one-year old son Ryne.


NAPABA Affiliate Endorsements

Affiliate Name 
APABA of Central Ohio
Asian American Bar Association of Ohio
South Asian Bar Association of Chicago 
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Japanese American Bar Association
Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Individual Endorsements

Name Company*
Jason DeJonker Bryan Cave Leigton Paisner LLP 
Sidney Kanazawa McGuireWoods LLP
Linda Wong ProFile Discovery
Annette Kwok Venable
Andrew Hahn Hawkind Delafield & Wood
Edward Chyun Littler Mendelson P.C.
Bijal Vikal White & Case LLP
David Dokko Nationwide
Linda Lu Nationwide Insurance Company
Don Liu Target Corporation
Joseph Centeno Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Samantha Woo Jones Day
Tacie Yoon Crowell & Moring LLP
Debbie Crockett Cheffy Passidomo, P.A.
Christine Pompa Kraft Heinz Company
Jasmine Hernandez Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Priya Bathija American Hospital Association
Deborah Yue Law Office of Deborah Yue
Shweta Chaubey
Brennan Manna & Diamond
Parag Shah Nationwide
Vincent Gonzalez Southern California Gas Company
Christine Li Nationwide Insurance Company
Martin Baba Law Office of Martin N. Baba
Anna Sanyal Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Jeannie Kim  
Jin Hwang Verizon

 *All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.