Neil Horikoshi joined the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) in 2008 as the President & Executive Director after a distinguished 30-year career at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), where he served in a variety of legal and executive management positions in the United States and Asia Pacific.
During Neil's tenure, he led new strategic initiatives to expand organizational programming to better meet the needs of underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and help APIASF become a more socially impactful organization. APIASF now utilizes a scalable model of change that is based in accelerating student success, strengthening institutional capacity and mobilizing resources to create a pipeline of diverse leaders who will spur economic growth. To accomplish this goal, APIASF works directly with Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) and some of the leading AAPI research organizations in the country. Neil continues to grow these efforts to ensure that all AAPI students have the opportunity to access, complete and succeed after post-secondary education.
Prior to joining APIASF, Neil served as IBM's Managing Director of Global Business Development, Global Services in the US and in Asia Pacific, where he led the team of IBM Global Services deal team professionals in a wide range of complex multi-year services engagements throughout Asia Pacific. Neil also has led industry discussions on regulatory and procurement issues affecting the information technology industry, developed external relationships with key governmental agencies on behalf of IBM, participated in Congressional and Executive Branch advocacy meetings, and spoke frequently at trade association and federal government conferences on procurement issues.
Neil is also active in the community and in business. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Advisory Council member for both the Asian American Justice Center and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. Neil was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors for BB&T Bank, Washington DC.
In 2010, Neil was honored with Leadership Awards from the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) and by the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP). Neil was also recognized in 2008 as one of the top Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 people who contributed as an "Agent of Change" to Federal IT market. Neil was also awarded the "Outstanding 50" Asian American Business Leaders in 2008 by the Asian American Business Development Center in New York
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawai'i and a Juris Doctorate degree and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He is a member of the New York State Bar and the American Bar Association.