CHESTER CHONG, CHAIRMAN
Chester Chong is the Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and has a history with the Chamber dating back to 1988, when he first joined as a Board member. Over the past 30 years, he has held positions with the Chamber as Board Member (1988-1990), Vice President (1990-2016), Secretary General (2016-2017), and President (2007-2017). He has had a long and successful career across a diverse set of industries, including roles as Chairman of American Magazines & Books Inc. and Chairman of Superspeed Transportation Group, where he is currently still involved. Chester is an exemplary citizen of the Los Angeles community and has served in capacities such as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol Captain of Mission Pilot Rescue Team, the American Angel Flight Mission Pilot and theCounty of Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department as Reserve Commander. He was awarded theOutstanding Business Achievement Award by International Lions Club (1991), recognized as Honorary California Goodwill Ambassador by the California Secretary of State (1991) and received both the prestigious Meritorious Service Award and Exemplary Service Award presented by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (2005 and 2006). He has a diploma ofInternational Cultural Exchange issued by Peking University, China, an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Human Letters issued by the University for Humanistic Studies, San Diego, and an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Business Administration, issued by Armstrong University, California.
KEVIN J. CHEN, PRESIDENT
Kevin Chen is an American entrepreneur, well recognized for his visionary expertise and business accomplishments within the realms of fashion, art and real estate. For over 30 years, he has thrived among the virtuosity of creating. His passion for studying established fashion brands and discovering emerging ones is as enduring as his drive to develop major real estate projects. By weaving the two together, Mr. Chen has brought a vast awareness to the synergy that such collaborations can produce.
Continue education is part of Mr. Chen’s lifehood. He is one of 33 individuals chosen fromworld globe to study at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he graduated in honor of Real Estate Advanced Management Development Program (MBA Real Estate).
Mr. Chen enjoys traveling and has done so extensively around the world. Currently, he resides in San Marino, California and Honolulu, Hawaii.
GLORIA CHANG YIP, VICE PRESIDENT
Gloria Chang Yip is an Executive Director and Banker in J.P. Morgan’s Los Angeles Private Bank. She brings two decades of experience in senior management marketing and strategy roles with a focus on consumer products and retail segments. She is responsible for developing and managing client relationships and delivering holistic solutions across investment management, lending, wealth planning, trust and estate planning and charitable giving.
Prior to joining JP Morgan, Gloria worked at Cartier, where she held various roles including leading the Jewelry group for China and being responsible for client development strategy across the firm’s high net worth portfolio. She has held domestic and international brand marketing roles with PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble. In her early career, Gloria was an investment banking analyst for Merrill Lynch in the Global Energy and Power group, and a derivatives analyst in Equity Capital Markets. Gloria is a Chartered Financial Analyst holder and member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles. She has a Masters in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Her passions include promoting Asian American interests, supporting women entrepreneurs, advocating for equal education opportunities and connecting the art world with commerce. She also sits on the board of the Cayton Children’s Museum and is an advisory board member to Visionary Women. She actively mentors with Ambition, a non-profit that seeks to level the playing field for first generation college students.
Gloria grew up in Vancouver, Canada but has also spent seven years living internationally in Shanghai, China. She is fluent in 5 languages including Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese.
CELIA YANG, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC POLICY
Celia Yang is a Major Gift Officer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Joining in 2013, shehas been leading the museum’s efforts in China to increase cultural exchange and collaboration.Recently she developed and launched the LACMA International Advisory Board, a newleadership committee responsible for offering guidance and support on positioning LACMA’sinternational presence and reputation. Currently she manages, along with her fundraising responsibilities, the developing partnership between LACMA and the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. Prior to her career at the Museum, Celia worked at Christie's and Christie's International Real Estate, focusing on the expansion of their Chinese clientele.
Celia received her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and received a second bachelor's degree in Art History from John Cabot University inRome, graduating magna cum laude. Additionally she is pursuing a master’s degree through theLACMA-ASU Master's Fellowship in Art History scholarship program. Celia is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals and was awarded the Blair Scholarship in 2014. Outside of her career, Celia is also dedicated to the cultural preservation of Chinese and Chinese American humanities and is a Committee of 100 (C100) NexGen Leader.
MAYOR SAMUEL KANG, DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS
In 2013, Samuel Kang was elected to the Duarte City Council where he also became the first Chinese American to be elected in the city. Two years later, he was unanimously voted in as the Mayor. Since joining the City of Duarte, he has made a great impact on the city and surroundingregion. Perhaps most importantly, he has worked tirelessly to improve the city’s image and economy while simultaneously building a prosperous relationship between the U.S. and China.
Over the past few years, Duarte has seen remarkable improvement with a magnificent 17.99% home appreciation in the year of 2016. (Average over the region is only 5.8%) Duarte is quicklybecoming a healthcare and biotechnology center. Duarte has always been known as the “City of Health,” mostly due to being home to one of the best cancer treatment facilities in the world,City of Hope. In November of 2015, Samuel Kang brought a delegation to China and facilitatedan agreement between City of Hope and China’s Ministry of Health in order to provide servicesfor the Chinese patients to be treated in City of Hope.
In addition, along with his colleagues, Mr. Kang is working tirelessly to place the first high-class hotel in the city, while concurrently charging forward to create the first Biotechnology Corridor in the San Gabriel Valley along with 5G infrastructures to promote better communication and IOTs in the near future.
Over the years, Mr. Kang brought multiple delegations of elected officials from California to stimulate trades between China and the United States. 2 years ago, he assisted with an agreement of healthcare and commerce with the Hebei Province, China which worth more than $50 Million dollars.
In addition to bettering the City’s ties with the international economy, Mr. Kang has experiencein Fortune 500 Companies and has been in business development for over 25 years. Mr. Kangwas also named the Chief Administrative Officer for one of the largest B2B e-commerce platforms from Asia, where he managed the overall North American operation.
Samuel Kang has been an influencer in Southern California and always strives to improve the lives of those around him. Mr. Kang sits on many governmental and business boards and previously was a board member of the National League of the Cities, Community and Economic Development Board. Mr. Kang graduated with an Associate in Fire Technology, Bachelor in Chemistry, UC Irvine, Masters in Computer Science, and an MBA in Finance from Azusa Pacific University.
LINDA LAU, CO-LEGAL COUNSEL
Linda Lau is a member of the California State Bar and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of California. She is also admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales. Linda was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Linda practices as an EB-5 immigration attorney with Global Law Group, which has offices in South Pasadena, Ca and Shanghai, China. Global Law Group has more than 40 full-time legal professional who work exclusively on EB-5 Immigration matters. The firm has become a leading U.S. immigration law firm for individuals with high net worth looking to invest in commercial entities in the United States.
Linda earned her law degree from the UCLA School of Law, her master’s from the University ofMichigan and her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. She served as the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s vice chair of the EB-5 committee for numerous years. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and is a native of Hong Kong.
ALAN CHEN, CO-LEGAL COUNSEL
Alan Chen is a Partner at Zuber Lawler. Alan Chen’s practice focuses primarily on intellectualproperty and commercial litigation. He also litigates and counsels in relation to e-commerce, privacy, anti-corruption, and international trade. Mr. Chen represents both domestic and foreign clients in the technology, medical devices, broadcasting, publishing, entertainment, fashion, consumer goods, import/export, and insurance industries.
Prior to joining Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, Mr. Chen practiced patent and other IP and commercial litigation at Fox Rothschild and Sedgwick. Before entering the legal field, Mr. Chenserved as Executive Director of Vision 21, an organization that lobbied federal and state legislatures on policy issues involving multilingual government services in California.
LINDA LY, CO-LEGAL COUNSEL
Linda has been practicing law in California since 2003. She graduated from DGS in HK in 1982 to study in the United States in San Diego and majored in Computer Science, minored in Accounting and Mathematics.
In 1992, she retired from a career as a Systems Programmer and Database Administration career to raise 2 boys. She has previously served as a volunteer intern/counsel at Chinese Christian Herald Crusade and LA Court Domestic Violence Unit.
TAMMY HUANG-ANACLETO, DIRECTOR OF EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING
Tammy Huang-Anacleto is the CEO and co-founder of College Launch Inc. (2004). Within the company, she oversees day- to-day business functions and serves as a premier consultant to select students applying for their dream schools. Her creative strategies and personalized approach has been effective in coaching clients for admission. She has also led counseling departments across school sites as a key consultant. Her recent contract was with Maranatha High School from 2014-2016, boosting record breaking college admissions results.
Tammy’s experience as a ten year, Harvard admissions interviewer gives studentsexclusive access to her expert interviewcoaching and expansive network of college admissions and companies across different fields. Beyond this, Tammy will help students create their own personal brand to market themselves to admissions officers, through personal statement writing and selecting schools which fit. Tammy has assisted many students on applications ranging from law school, medical school, master's degrees, and even doctoral degrees. Her excellent and groundbreaking work achieve to help students attain great results.
As College Launch Inc. celebrates its 15-year anniversary in 2019, Tammy is excited to lead a talented team to launch a global vision and continue efforts in impacting students and families.
CHRIS GRAY, DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS
Chris Gray is a native of Los Angeles. He graduated from Arizona State University’s W.P.Carey School of Business and Barrett Honors College, as well as the U.S. StateDepartment’s Chinese Flagship Program where he reached the superior fluency level onthe Government's program completion exams. Chris also studied at Qinghua University inBeijing and Nanjing University, two of China’s most prestigious universities. After completing the U.S. State Department Flagship program and his thesis on social entrepreneurship while in China, Chris lived and worked overseas in downtown Shanghai in the U.S. Government's EB-5 immigration investment industry. He interacted heavily with Chinese investors who had the intention for themselves or their children of investing in U.S. real estate and, in turn, acquiring a permanent green card.
Chris’ extensive education and international business prowess have made him a powerfulasset to L.A. Luxe Group. He is endowed with the rare ability to be a bridge between international and domestic sellers and buyers, intrinsically knowing U.S. business, deeply
understanding the needs of the his clients and their counterparts, and being able toeffectively communicate between both parties to achieve his clients’ financial and realestate goals. This allows him to be a powerful consultant to domestic and international investors alike in the L.A. real estate market.
SOPHIA TIAN, DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP
A native of China and living in the United States the past 25 years, Sophia brings specialknowledge, experience and understanding to the Chamber’s Board. Focused in severalaspects of marketing, trade and management, Sophia works with Chinese companies doing business in the United States, and U.S. companies doing business in China. Her understanding of both cultures, customs and practices, and her fluency in English and Mandarin, make her a valuable resource to her clients and an important member of theChamber’s Board.
Educated in both China and the finest universities in the United States, in her early career Sophia worked in many aspects of marketing management, including at Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, Starwood Vacation Ownership and Alliance Data Systems. For the past several years, through the company she founded—New Orange Consulting Group—Sophia has provided valuable guidance to U.S. and Chinese companies in developing successful cross- border business partnerships and increasing penetration in their target markets. Her firm also focuses on holistic marketing strategies, database marketing and brand management. Her clients include Optimum Health Institute, Lamps Plus and World Wide Electric Corporation.
Sophia is committed to using her experience and bi-cultural background to help grow business partnerships between the U.S. and China, support success and prosperity for the American Chinese community, and assist first-generation immigrants from China to succeed in US.
Sophia is experienced in speaking at educational institutions and professional programs. She is also the committee chairperson of the California Diversity Council.
Sophia has Master’s Degrees from Northwestern University (Integrated MarketingCommunications) and the University of Massachusetts (Hospitality Management).
In her spare time, she is passionate about travelling, wellness, meditation and volunteer work.
ELIZA TSUI, DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Ms. Eliza Tsui has been in the hospitality industry for over 18 years, and currently is a BusinessConsultant for the Courtyard Marriott’s Monterey Park project, with Ethan Capital LLC . She hasbeen a Board Member of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles since 2002 and leads business development roles for the Chamber among its Chinese constituent members. She also previously served as the Director of Mandarin Club of Hilton Universal City (1998-2004), Director of Catering for Hilton San Gabriel from (2004-2010), and Director of Catering for LA Grand Downtown (2010-2011).
SCARLETT YEN, EVENT CHAIR
Ms. Scarlett Yen is the Major Events Chair for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles. The three largest fundraisers for the Chamber, the Miss Chinatown Los Angeles Pageant, the Golden Dragon Parade and the Little King and Queen Pageant, are led by Miss. Yen and her volunteer committee. This committee includes many members of the past Royal Courts of the Miss Chinatown Pageant, who tirelessly return each year to share their learnings as previous reigning court members with the incoming Queen and Princesses. Ms. Yen has been chairing the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant Program since 2010, and is also grooming her two high school age daughters to follow in her footsteps. Both her daughters lead various components of the training and execution of the competition – a tradition that showcases young Chinese American women who want to be an ambassador of the Chinese American culture and make a difference in their communities through volunteer service.
VIVIEN LEE, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AFFAIRS
Vivien Lee is currently an Events Associate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition to overseeing 40+ donor events per year, Vivien runs multiple production streams for the annual Collectors Committee Weekend and Art + Film Gala. Prior to joining LACMA, Vivien created Vignette Productions -- an event services agency specializing in non-profit, corporate, and private events -- and honed her skills in event production while working on high-profile events in Hong Kong, Macau, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
While studying at the University of Southern California, Vivien was the President of the USC Chinese American Student Association. Through her leadership and emphasis on the importance of developing programming and opportunities to facilitate relationships with alumni and student organizations both inside and outside of USC, Vivien was able to build a strong USC CASA alumni network and collaborations with equivalent organizations at institutions such as UCLA, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine.
ALVIN HUANG, DIRECTOR OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
ALVIN HUANG, AIA, NOMA is the Founder & Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. His work spans all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to temporary pavilions and bespoke furnishings.
His design work has been published and exhibited widely and has gained international recognition with over 40 distinctions at local, national, and international levels including being selected as one of 50 global innovators under the age of 50 by Images Publishing in 2015, being featured as a "Next Progressive" by Architect Magazine in 2014, and being named one of Time Magazine's 25 Best Inventors of 2013. He has been an invited critic, guest lecturer, and keynote speaker at various institutions in the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and China.
MICHAEL DENNIS ANTONOVICH
Michael Antonovich is an American politician who was a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. He represented the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, including the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys.
Dr. Bing Wang, A faculty Co-Chair for Advanced Real Estate Development program at Harvard University GSD. She is Area Head for Master of Design Real Estate and the Built Environment concentration at the GSD. She is also a faculty co-chair for Design, Finance and Leadership program, a joint program between the Harvard GSD and Harvard Business School. She has been a visiting faculty member at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and lectures frequently at top-tier universities worldwide, including Tsinghua University in China and University of Ulster in the UK.
Her academic research focuses on the interplays between formal representations of the built environment and its underlying capital forces, social structure and economic engines. She is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, published by the American Real Estate Society, and of the Journal of Planning Theory and Practice, co-published by Routledge and Royal Town Planning Institute of the UK. Her writings and research are published in academic books and journals,
including Planning Ideas and Planning Practices, Professionalism and Professions, Urbanization in China, Regenerating Older Suburbs, Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management and Urban Land Asia. She is the author of The Architectural Profession of Modern China and co-editor of Prestige Retail: Design and Development and Nexus: Field Studies in Real Estate, Planning, and Design.
Dr. Wang's academic research and pedagogical focus are reinforced by her multi-disciplinary professional practice. She is one of the founding principals of KaiLong REI and YoungYou Investments LLCs, private equity companies based in Shanghai, focusing on investments in real estate industry and equity investments in media production companies respectively.Her design firm has undertaken projects of both architectural and urban scales. Most recent projects include the winning design proposal for the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the design of He'nan Public Security Institute Campus in Zhengzhou, a 400-acre communal neighborhood near Dianshan Lake in Shanghai, the value-creation design strategies for Yuyuan shopping mall in central Shanghai, a mixed-use project in Tbilisi, Georgia, and as an advisor for the design of temporary structures for Covent Garden in London.
Dr. Wang was appointed Academic Advisor in Architecture by the China Central Committee Editorial and Translation Bureau Press.
HONORABLE MATTHEW LIN
As an expert in the field of orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Matthew Lin was the Chief of Staff at Garfield Medical Center (GMC) (1987 and 1990), Chief of Surgery at GMC (1988), and Chairman of Credentialing Committee at Alhambra Hospital (1994). Beyond the medical field, Matthewhas avidly supported social and cultural institutions such as the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of SanGabriel Valley, the YMCA, Boy Scouts, San Marino Rotary Club and also served as Board Director of the following organizations: the San Marino Schools Foundation; San Marino Community Church Foundation; San Francisco Theological Seminary; United Way, the Pasadena Symphony; the Pacific Asia Museum; and Taiwan Center. As a lifelong sports fan, Matthew coached AYSO soccer for five years and taught judo at San Marino High School for the San Marino Recreation Department. He is also an active member of the Los Angeles County Medical Reserve Corp. which prepares for Los Angeles County disaster relief.
In March 2001, Dr. Matthew Lin made history when he became the first Asian American to serve on the San Marino City Council as Mayor. He assisted in raising the funds for completion of the San Marino Crowell Public Library and the Monterey Park Public Library. Dr. Lin has also been a leader in numerous capacities across Southern California. He has served as President of the Los Angeles County Medical Association San Gabriel District and President of the Taiwan Medical Society. He also served on the Board of Directors for Garfield Medical Center, Alhambra Hospital, and on the Los Angeles County Medical Association Political Action Committee for 10 years, from 1990 to 2000. Strongly committed to empowering and educating the next generation of physicians, he has also served on the clinical faculty of the University of Southern California and Western University of Health Sciences.
Anthony Al-Jamie is the President of Sister Cities International Southern California Chapter, where he oversees 170 nonprofit sister city relationships, between cities in 50 countries overseas and cities in Southern California. He is an Anaheim City Commissioner and the former Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles-Nagoya Sister City Affiliation. After two decades of working in online education development, where he developed his expertise in higher education online learning platforms and strategies for online program development, Anthony turned his efforts towards the nonprofit sector and initiatives that aligned with his personal values. He originally began his non-profit career in 1994, while living in Asia for 20 years, with Rotary International Club 2570 in Wako City, Japan as the only non-Japanese member. He is currently a member ofRotary International’s We Rotary e-Club District 5000. Anthony has been President of The Academia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, since 2003. While pursuing an M.A. degree in Nonprofit Management, he carried out extensive fieldwork with a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, and worked to fulfill the qualifications for the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential. In addition to his studies in nonprofit management, he undertook a Higher Education Teaching certification program through Harvard University with a teaching specialization in nonprofit management. Anthony’s vast experience with fundraising, combined with his quarter century of management and governance experience qualifies him to teach a variety of courses in the nonprofit management sector. His current areas of research interest include system dynamics, nonprofit and strategic management, as well as fundraising and stakeholder engagement.