The board members of the Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) are greatly saddened by the passing of Jay Chen. Jay has always been there for AAGEN. When we asked for coverage of our events in Asian Fortune, instead of just sending a reporter or photographer Jay would often show his support by personally attending the event, often with his wife Lucia. He was always willing to help, but never asked for anything in return.
Jay was a pillar in the Asian American community. Through Asian Fortune, he kept the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the Greater Metropolitan Washington DC area informed of related news and events. He brought a positive light to the AAPI community by highlighting our cultural events, noteworthy accomplishments, and community leaders. Yet, he himself was one of the most humble people I have met and seemed to want to stay out of the limelight. Jay will be greatly missed in the Asian American community and his legacy will be remembered.