Headshot 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.
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.
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..
Director of Communications & Partnerships 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 panel for the California Arts Council.
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.
Development Manager Ben Mok
As the Development Manager, Ben 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.
Education and Engagement Associate Julie Lai
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Gallery and Artistic Assistant Yuanyuan Zhu
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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.