Albert K. Shen is Senior Advisor for the Toyota Mobility Foundation developing new mobility strategic investments in U.S. cities. Previously, he served as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration as the National Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Shen’s passion for community development put MBDA on the ground in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson during the aftermath of civil unrest. Agency strategic partnerships with the U.S. Department of Justice and local leaders accelerated the restoration of minority businesses in these distressed areas.
Prior to his appointment with MBDA, Shen was a small business owner and respected community advocate, whose leadership made significant impacts on some of the largest and most critical infrastructure and environmental cleanup projects in the Northwest. For his efforts Shen has consistently received accolades from industry and community organizations. In 2012 he was awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Region 10 Minority Champion of the Year Award. Shen has provided support to educational institutions, community organizations, business organizations and political advocacy groups. He served as Chair of the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees, and as Vice Chair of the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs.
Shen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and environmental science from the University of Washington.