Tong brings to clients a deep experience and knowledge of international business within and between the Asian basin and the United States. Her more than twenty years of work in the financial management field offers includes unique blend of both in the public and the private sector clients.
Tong helps small and big companies to design and implement financial controls needed for compliance with various government regulations, enabling management to focus on opportunities for growth instead of dealing with regulatory concerns.
Her public experience includes various positions in the U.S. Small Business Administration. Most recently, she was the deputy director in charge of small business support in northern California. In this role, she used her knowledge of economic development trends, government regulations, and procurement requirements to help northern California businesses with their financial management needs.
Tong led the SBA district office in expansion and maintenance of a viable network of collaborative partnerships with a variety of government, NGOs, and private entities and institutions to provide service for small business growth. She also represented SBA at the White House Asian American Pacific Island (AAPI) initiative under President Obama, and spearheaded SBA’s outreach to AAPI community.
Tong’s work is internationally recognized, as she is a frequent featured speaker at multiple international workshops on innovation and small business growth in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific region.
Prior to taking on her deputy director role in northern California, Tong was the Deputy CFO for SBA where she led the CFO staff of 140 federal employees and contractors with an annual budget of $1 billion and a loan portfolio of more than $90 billion. She also created the internal control (audit) department for SBA. Prior to her work at SBA, she worked in the private sector as a financial management executive, leading audit and consulting engagements and assisting technology start-ups from initial launch and fund-raising stages to growth, mergers, acquisition, and exit stages. Tong is also a certified Pro-advisor for QuickBooks, and certified CISA(certified information system auditor).
Tong moved from Annapolis, MD to the Bay Area six years ago, where she now resides with her two kids and husband.