Mabel Teng, a lifelong advocate for social change, has been the Executive Director of the Chinese Culture Center and Foundation since 2009. As San Francisco’s first Asian American woman Supervisor and Assessor-Recorder, she brings over three decades non-profit administration, community organizing, fundraising and public policy experience to the arts. Under Mabel’s leadership, the Foundation has gained national and international recognition as the community anchor of contemporary arts and culture to uplift the community and be a voice for equality. In 2016, the CCC broke new ground by being selected for the prestigious “Our Town” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Perhaps the most important thread through all of these activities is its ability to involve the community at deeper levels through a broad range of strategies that promote activism and engagement.
Curator and Artistic Director Abby Chen
Abby Chen has more than 10 years of experience curating visual arts, film, and performing arts programs. She is responsible for the Foundation’s artistic vision, planning, and management, including exhibition, public art, collection, communication, publication, and strategic partnerships. During her tenure, Abby helped to shape the CCF’s unique curatorial positioning, which highlights art making process, and provides channel to emerging and mid-career artists of Chinese descent living in the U.S. Under her leadership, the organization’s visual art programs have expanded in scope and breadth into an open yet focused platform that encourages imagination and risk-taking. Among the more than 50 exhibitions and programs curated by Abby at CCF and other institutions in both the U.S. and Asia have been important surveys in contemporary art and issues relevant to Chinese people and the world at large.
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Darin Ow-Wing’s role as Director of Education and Engagement is to develop the educational and youth engagement activities as the leadership of the Him Mark Lai Learning Center. This encompasses the Dynasty to Democracy Chinatown walks that serve over 4,000 kids each year, Roots California Excursions. Darin also organizes the Chinatown Music Festival, Dance on Waverly as part of CCC’s “Museum Without Walls,” as well as develops strategies for engaging youth through art. Darin majored in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and has worked with children and teens primarily in San Francisco for over 30 years. Previously, he was Executive Director of Community Educational Services, is the past Chairperson of the SF Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program. He is a recipient of a 1996 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award from the San Francisco Foundation, the 2002 Enola Maxwell Lifetime Service Award, and was a member of the 1998 class of Leadership San Francisco. His goal is to help young people develop a love of learning, and to engage them in contributing to their community.
Program Manager Lydia Han
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Lydia Han oversees the visual arts programming and exhibitions at the CCC. She brings years of creativity, marketing, development, and event planning experience to the team. Previously she was at Mercedes-Benz’s China Headquarters as a Marketing Assistant Manager, responsible for large scale event management including product launches, executive dinners, VIP tours, and fairs and sponsorship events, as well as a Communications Executive at the Cartier Beijing office, focusing on PR strategy and Event Planning. She graduated from Beijing Dongcheng Workers’ University in 2004, in China, and majored in Information Management. She looks forward to transferring her knowledge in the non-profit industry and building a better community.
Assistant Curator Ziying Duan
Ziying Duan as assistant curator is responsible for planning, research, and execution of art exhibitions and programming. She is dedicated to engaging communications with artists, institutions and to act as the curatorial voice for the organization. Her recent projects at CCC are New Urban Legend: Resistance of Space (2017) and Artist Xu Tan’s Social Botany in San Francisco(2016). Currently, she is also works as assistant curator of Asia Programs at Kadist. Her other curatorial projects include Void California: 1975-1989 (2016) at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art and Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations (2016) at Kadist. In 2014, Duan worked for Media Arts department of SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Besides curating, she is contributing writer of Leap: The Bilingual Art Magazine of Contemporary China Art and Design Magazine. Duan holds a MA degree in Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, a MA degree in Visual Culture Studies in China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and a BA degree of Art History in CAFA.
Art Administrator Yirong Li
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Yirong Li coordinates art programs at CCC and oversees daily office operations. She balances her passion for the arts with an approach to designing and implementing financial and administrative systems. Previously, she worked as the development assistant at Goodman Theatre in Chicago, assisting in government grants and donor cultivation. She also has two years’ experience in CBN Weekly, a Chinese business magazine based in Shanghai, working as a full-time journalist. Yirong received her BA from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and MA in Arts Administration and Policy in School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Program and Media Associate Maria Wang
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Outreach Maggie Wong
Research Fellow Victor Liu
Research Fellow Julia Beabout
Communications and Development Team
Director of Communications Jenny Leung
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Jenny Leung is a key member of the Foundation’s leadership team, responsible for CCC’s internal and external communications, as well as branding strategies. She plays a pivotal role in transforming the image of CCC into a contemporary and vibrant organization. During her time at CCF, she has led a major public art project, “Sunrise” activating a crucial site for the community, launched a new exhibition series, “Episode,” and developed partnerships across government, philanthropy and community. Previously, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with her Master’s in Asian Studies, and the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a Getty Leadership Institute, NextGen 2017 Fellow.
Development Manager, Ben Mok
As the Development Manager, Ben’s duty is to collaboratively engage with the Art, Communications and Education and Engagement teams to create, introduce and sustain successful programs. Ben is also responsible for ensuring the financial sustainability and health of the organization by actively seeking to grow CCC’s revenue streams through fundraising, current revenue programs and analyzing new revenue opportunities. Ben brings over 12 plus years in the technology sector as a Product Manager dutifully managing multiple successful hardware and software releases. Ben has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Master of Business Administration both from the University of California, Davis. He is very excited to make a career transition into nonprofit and leverage all his experiences in the corporate world to help serve CCC in many capacities. Ben is currently working on his certificate in Nonprofit Management from San Francisco State.
Communications and Development Officer Michelle Oga
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Michelle plays a vital role on the communications and development team as the Communications and Development Officer. She is responsible for managing the CCC Contemporaries program, CCC’s social media presence and strategy, and works closely with the Director of Communications on CCC’s internal and external communications and branding strategies. She has previously worked for the Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum, the Bay Area Discovery Museum and others. She brings 10 years of experience and a lifetime of passion in the non-profit museum field to the CCC. Michelle graduated from John F. Kennedy University in 2016 with a Master’s in Museum Studies and an MBA. Previously, she received a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Anthropology-Geography from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
General Manager Justin McDonnell
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Justin is the General Manager at the Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco. Justin worked in research and journalism on the East Coast before joining the Foundation. He shares a deep appreciation for East Asian history and thought, and has lived in Fujian and Shaanxi Provinces.
Justin is currently working on his MA in Asian Studies at the University of San Francisco. His Chinese name is唐哲麟.
Grants Consultant Weston Teruya