Photography by Jamie Tanaka
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.
May Leong, Deputy Director, is responsible for building a vibrant fund development program at the Chinese Culture Center, including donor cultivation, stewardship, and corporate outreach. She collaborates closely with the Communications and Program teams to effectively highlight the impact of CCC programming in elevating underserved communities and giving voice to equality through education and contemporary art.
May is a passionate community builder, with over 30 years experience in a variety of nonprofit and for-profit positions from Wall Street to Tokyo and from Seattle to San Francisco. She is the former Executive Director of Cameron House. For over 14 years, May directed fundraising teams at nonprofits focused on effectively serving K-12 kids of color, homeless youth, and vulnerable seniors in areas of education, housing and social services.
After earning her MA in English from San Francisco State University, May taught ESL and other college courses in the SF Bay Area, Seattle and Japan. She served on the Seattle Women’s Commission and her business articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in the United States and Japan. May is regularly invited to provide workshops to nonprofit boards and senior leaders in the areas of sustainability/fundraising and leadership development..
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.
Tamiko Wong is the Program Director of Chinese Culture Center where she oversees their many art exhibitions, excursions, tours, festivals, and other activities in their efforts to give voice to equality. Prior to joining CCC, Wong was the Executive Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC). A San Francisco native of Japanese and Chinese descent, she formerly served on the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs and on a number of boards for non-profit organizations including the OCA – San Francisco, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Asian Business League, and Cherry Blossom Alumnae. Wong has participated in the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) fellowship program, the Leadership Education for Asian Professionals (LEAP) Executive Directors Leadership Program (EDLP), and participated in a LeaderSpring cohort program as well. Wong earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley, majoring in American Studies focusing on law, politics, and public policy, and minoring in Asian American Studies and Education. She is also a singer-songwriter who has most recently been seen performing with historian, writer, and musician, Charlie Chin who has been at the forefront of Asian American artistic expression since 1970.
Lead Artist and Exhibition Manager Hoi Leung
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Hoi is the Lead Artist and Exhibition manager at CCC. In her role, she is the creative lead on CCC exhibitions, “Museum Without Walls” project, and CCC Design Store. Hoi is a rising young talent whose work has been exhibited in the US and internationally at K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong, and has participated in the Youth Arts Summit. She is a recent UCLA graduate.
Darin Ow-Wing’s role as Education and Events Coordinator is to coordinate 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 and Grants Manager Pam Mei Harrison
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Pam Mei Harrison works at the intersection of CCC’s programs and grants–supporting program development, implementation, and evaluation. She gained experience in these areas as Development Manager at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and brings with her a knowledge of the Bay Area arts and culture community. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, where she specialized in the Division of Society and Environment. Pam Mei received her BS in Biology and Biotechnology with minors in Psychology and International Studies from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts. She is a member of Halau KaUaTuahine of Berkeley.
Communications and Development Team
Director of Communications & Resources 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 and has served on panels for the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
General Manager Pearl Wong
Pearl Wong is a core member of the senior team, as General Manager she oversees operations, as well as the Center’s facilities and rental program. In addition, she works with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to cultivate relations with donors and strategic partners, as well as managing grants, and contract compliance. She has worked with a number of local community organizations – Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, National Japanese American Historical Society, and most recently as the Managing Director of the Asian American Theater Company where she produced many of the company’s previous productions, collaborating with nationally known theatre artists. A native San Franciscan, she was also a member of the sketch comedy troupe “18 Mighty Mountain Warriors”, who were the subject of a 2007 Northern California Emmy® Award winning documentary. As an actor you can see some of her work in Eric Byler’s ‘Americanese’ and ‘The Other Barrio’ with Richard Montoya.
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.
Senior Grants Manager Weston Teruya
Weston is the senior grant manager bringing years of experience as an artist, writer and arts administrator to the team. He is an appointed member of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission. He previously worked at the San Francisco Arts Commission, is active in grant panels and juries, and is a founding member of Related Tactics, a collective at the intersection of race and culture and (un)making, a podcast on Art Practical.