WBA celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by celebrating the AAPI members of our community.

Lina Xie is a Data Forensics Manager at BDO USA in Washington, DC. She specializes in data investigations related to fraud and corruption, export control sanctions and fraud risk assessments. She works with an incredible team of professionals dedicated to promoting integrity and compliance in business practices.

Lina leads forensic analysis on major compliance projects and develops robust compliance strategies. She has extensive experience in logistics and procurement data analysis, enhancing operational workflows’ efficiency and accuracy. Additionally, she is an expert in trading screening systems, ensuring compliance with international export control regulations.

Before joining BDO, Lina was a Project Manager for the U.S. China Innovation Alliance in Houston, where she led initiatives to connect U.S. high-tech startups with Chinese investors and organized the U.S. China Innovation and Investment Summit.

Lina is passionate about connecting with her community and fostering meaningful relationships, she enjoys attending key industry events and actively participating in professional events held by WBA. Outside of work, she is passionate about watching soccer games, and works with Asian Culture Fusion Association to promote Chinese culture and heritage.

Why did you join the WBA?
I was inspired to join the Women’s Bar Association by my colleagues and clients from law firms. Their commitment to advancing the legal profession and supporting each other has been incredibly motivating. Being part of a community that advocates for women in the legal field and provides opportunities for professional growth and networking is something I deeply value.

How did your community growing up shape who you are now?
I was born in Wuxi, China and moved to Maryland for graduate studies. Afterwards, I relocated to Houston for work and eventually moved back to DC. Throughout these transitions, I developed a strong appreciation for the importance of community. The bonds I formed along the way have been invaluable. My experience has taught me the significance of connecting with people, bonding relationships, and building a supportive network. These connections have been a constant source of strength and inspiration, shaping me into the person I am today.

What motivated you to pursue higher education?
Although I did not attend law school, I pursued a Master’s degree in Information Systems and am currently working towards a Doctorate in Business Administration. My motivation stems from a strong belief in continuous learning and the importance of pursuing my passions. My academic journey reflects my commitment to enhancing my expertise and staying at the forefront of my field. I believe that by continuously advancing my education, I can better serve my clients and contribute to my profession.

What advice would you give to an Asian-American law student who aspires to be where you are now?
My general advice would be to stay resilient and embrace continuous learning. Although I pursued a path in data forensics rather than law, the determination of dedication, hard work, and perseverance apply universally. Network actively and seek mentors who can guide you through the complexities of your career. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take on challenges that push your boundaries. And, always remember the importance of representation. Your unique perspective is valuable and necessary in shaping a more inclusive legal industry. Advocate for yourself and your community, and strive to make a positive impact through your work.

What does Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month mean to you personally, and why is it important to celebrate it?
It’s a meaningful opportunity for me to recognize and celebrate my culture and a reminder of the rich history and contributions of the AAPI community. Celebrating this month is important because it highlights our diverse backgrounds and shared experiences, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation within the broader community. It also provides a platform to address ongoing challenges and advocate for the representation and rights of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

What progress or positive changes have you witnessed for the Asian-American Heritage community in recent years?
I believe there’s still a long way to go. Despite the advancements, Asians remain underrepresented in many areas, and our voices are often not heard in public affairs. We need more active participation in decision-making processes to ensure that our community’s needs and perspectives are adequately addressed. Continued advocacy and support are essential to achieving true equity and inclusion.

What are your hopes or aspirations for the future of the Asian-American legal community?
I would love to see the Asian-American legal community achieve greater visibility and influence. It’s essential to have more Asian-Americans in leadership positions across the legal field, from law firms to judicial appointments. My hope is for increased involvement in policy-making and public affairs, ensuring that our voices are integral to shaping laws and policies. I really hope for a legal community with mentorship and support systems, neutering the next generation of Asian-American legal professionals.