Left to right: Gary K. Wong, Helen Y. H. Hui, Tatwina Chin Lee, Tom J. Klitgaard, Laurene Wu McClain, Shannon Yip, Ben Choi, Cynthia Tongson, Wai-Ling Eng, and Alfred Tom.
Not pictured: Cecilia Sze, George Mak, Gin Y. Ho, Ryan Lee and Warren Seeto. Photography by Pamela Gentile.
2019 Board of Directors
Chair, Tatwina Chinn Lee 李陳翠鳳
Tatwina Lee’s leadership in building Bay Area communities spans over 4 decades. The first Asian American Chair of the San Francisco Foundation’s Board of Trustees, she has also been involved with Berkeley public schools, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, East Bay Music Foundation, Library Foundation of San Francisco, and others. She has been active in CCC since 1989.
Vice Chair, Wai-ling Eng 伍慧鈴
Wai-Ling Eng brings a wealth of experience in business through ownership and operation of McDonald’s franchises. She chaired the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Bay Area scholarship program, which in its 14th year will have given out a total of $2 million to Bay Area college-bound students. Her significant dedication to youth education and community service has been the community’s great assets.
Vice Chair and Secretary, Alfred Tom 譚家興
Alfred Tom is co-founder and CEO of Wivity, an early-stage startup bringing cybersecurity to the Internet of Things. His 25-year career includes developing software for the Apple Newton and making early stage connected car investments for General Motors. He helped create three technology industry standards, the latest being MirrorLink. Alfred was born in San Francisco, Chinatown and his father, Stanley Tom, was one of the founders of the Chinese Culture Center.
Treasurer, George Mak 麥潤華
George Mak is currently a managing member at SGDM, LLC in San Francisco. SGDM, LLC is an All-in-One construction and construction management company focusing in seismic upgrades, as well as custom home building and remodeling throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to joining SGDM, LLC, George Mak possessed over two decades of investment management experience in the financial industry.
Jessica Chin Foo
A French American from Tahiti, Jessica Vaitiare Chin Foo is the cofounder of a wine company, and has worked in the luxury, wine, non-profit, travel, and start-up industry in the bay area since 2004. She’s an advocate for diversity inclusion and authenticity in the tech world. In her current role, she links founders and investors to KiwiTech startup ecosystems.
Ben Choi 蔡頌明
Ben Choi serves Legacy Venture as a Managing Director, bringing with him the diverse perspectives of an investor, entrepreneur, and operator. Previously, Ben ran product management for Adobe’s Creative Cloud offerings, directed strategy at Greystripe, a mobile ad network, and cofounded mobile commerce startup CoffeeTable. He also serves on the board of the Children’s Health Council.
Gin Y. Ho 何宜君
Gin Y. Ho is dedicated to developing the understanding of Chinese art and education for future generations. As a young leader, she is Senior Business Relationship Manager at JP Morgan Chase and possesses over 20 years of banking and management experience. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Asian Business League of San Francisco.
Helen Y. H. Hui, Esq. 許婉馨
Helen Hui is an immigration lawyer voted “Super Lawyer” by her colleagues, and current advisor of the local American Immigration Lawyers Association. Currently, she chairs the San Francisco Chinatown Lions Club Vision Care Service Foundation. She has spent a lifetime growing with the CCF, and served various Board positions through the years.
Thomas J. Klitgaard, Esq. 葛勵鋼
Tom Klitgaard is an attorney with Dillingham & Murphy, LLP. He has served as an adjunct professor of Asian Law and Chinese Business Law at the University of San Francisco Law School. One of the founding directors of the San Francisco-Shanghai Friendship City Committee, he was bestowed the Magnolia Silver Award for his support of Shanghai’s development and contributions to friendly cooperation between China and the United States.
Ryan Lee 李俊傑
Ryan Lee is a restaurateur and entrepreneur, born and raised in San Francisco. After graduating college, with an enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit, he founded his own company. His is currently working on a new hospitality restaurant concept. Previously, he founded Kare-Ken, a thriving Japanese curry house in the Tenderloin district. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Terri, son, and daughter.
Laurene Wu McClain, Esq. 伍淑明
Laurene Wu McClain grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She received her degrees from UC Berkeley and Columbia University. She has practiced law for over thirty years in the Bay Area and is a published author in the field of Asian American studies. She previously served on the boards of the National YWCA and the Chinese Historical Society of America. She also serves on boards affiliated with UC Berkeley and UCSF.
Warren Seeto 司徒衛國
Warren Seeto, a native San Franciscan, is owner of HKS & Company, a real estate development and investment company. He has over 25 years of real estate and finance experience. He is also a member of the Chinese American Citizen Alliance (CACA), San Francisco Lodge, Sue Hing Benevolent Association, Fung Lun Association, and alumni of UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design.
Cecilia Sze 施黄式嘉
Cecilia Sze cofounded Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., a subsidiary of Verisk Analytics, Inc., retiring in 2015. Under her leadership, it transformed into a 200-employee, award-winning environmental research and consulting firm. She is an active member of the community, having served as Trustee of Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School, overseer of the Boston Ballet, and part of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Capital Campaign Committee.
Cynthia Tongson 唐慧中
Cynthia is currently the guardian and advocate of Wesley Tongson's artistic legacy, her late brother. Her recent projects include, "Wesley Tongson: The Journey" at CCC, "A Wesley Tongson Retrospective" at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Wesley Tongson's work has been collected by Hong Kong Museum of Art and M + Museum of Visual Culture in Hong Kong, USC Pacific Asia Museum and Asian Art Museum in California. In her work, she has also collaborated with Christie's Hong Kong, Ink Asia, Fine Art Asia and others. She is a retired business representative for her family's business, Star Industrial Co. Ltd in Hong Kong.
Garry K. Wong 黃光耀
Garry Wong is Regional Director of Consumer and Business Banking at East West Bank, responsible for all 27 branches in Northern California. He has keen interests in community service and has been involved in Museum of Chinese in Americas (MoCA). He is also a Board Director for Hong Kong Association of Northern California (HKANC).
Shannon Yip 葉新苗
Shannon Yip is a retired educator with more than 35 years in the field, focusing on English language development, cross-culturalism and Chinese bilingual education as a classroom teacher, teachers’ coach, and elementary school principal. She also served as dance instructor/program director for the Chinese Folk Dance Association, in the continual promotion, cultivation and education of Chinese culture through the performing arts.
Art Advisory Board
Terese Tse Bartholomew
Tatwina Chinn Lee
Global Art Council
Ben Choi photograph by Brooke Bryand. Tatwina Lee photograph by Melvin Wong.