Sonney L. Chong, DMD Vice-Chair
Chair, Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership
District 2 Representative
Sonney Chong grew up in San Francisco Chinatown. He graduated from Washington University School of Dental Medicine and eventually moved to Sacramento. Dr. Chong has practiced dentistry in South Sacramento for the past 25 years.
Dr. Chong participates with many organizations in the Sacramento area such as the Chinese American Council of Sacramento and Sacramento Asian Sport Foundation. He is on the Sacramento Sheriff's Outreach Community Advisory Board; University of California Medical Center's Leadership Council, Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board, California State University Sacramento Foundation Board and is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter.
In April of 2001, Governor Gray Davis appointed Dr. Chong to serve on the Board of Directors for Cal Exposition and State Fair. He now represents Assemblyman Dave Jones at the Board meeting. He is also on the Board of Directors for Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
Amongst his many accomplishments and commitments to various organizations, his primary responsibility is to the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy and Leadership (CAPITAL). This coalition was founded in 1995 and Dr. Chong has been the Chair of this organization since its inception. The organization has grown from the initial starting 27 groups to the present number of 95 different organizations representing Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Hmong, Vietnamese and Pacific Islanders.
CAPITAL has emerged as the single umbrella organization which represents the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community in the greater Sacramento area. Dr. Chong continues to work tirelessly to unite, protect and advance the cause of the Asian Pacific Islanders in this area. Furthermore, Dr. Chong hopes to form and improve relationship amongst all of the different ethnic groups in Sacramento area. CAPITAL has reached out and established relationships with various Sacramento communities such as Jewish, Slavic, Muslim, Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender, Hispanic and African American as well as continuing to strengthen ties amongst the Asian Pacific Islanders.