Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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AIISF Board

President Buck Gee
Vice President Katherine Toy
Treasurer Larry Low
Secretary Henry Der

Anne A. Chen
Paul Chin
John Cu
Heather Fong
Rodney Fong
Michael Hardeman
Ming Hsu
Gerrye Wong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff

Executive Director Michael McKechnie
Community Relations
Director
Grant Din
Development Director Kendra Lee Adams
Office Manager Julie Phuong

Buck Gee

Buck Gee is President of the Board, and he is also a board member of Ascend/Northern California and founded Ascend’s Corporate Executive Initiative, an organization of Asian corporate executives in the Bay Area.  He serves on the Nominating Committee for the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Donor Advisory Committee for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  He also serves on the advisory boards of Teranetics, a start-up IC developer, and Valladium, a start-up internet shopping web developer.

Buck retired from Cisco Systems in 2008, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Datacenter Business Unit.  Prior to that role, he was President and CEO of Andiamo Systems, a storage area networking (SAN) switch supplier acquired by Cisco in 2004.  He received BS/MSEE degrees from Stanford in 1972 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980.
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Michael Hardeman

Michael Hardeman retired in 2011 as the Business Representative/Political Director of the Sign, Display and Allied Crafts Local Union #510.  He has also served as President and Vice-President of the San Francisco Port Commission.  Mr. Hardeman is a former member of the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Labor Council and was a member of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (now called the San Francisco Travel Association.)

He is a third-generation San Franciscan and an Angel Island Immigration Station descendant.  His parents emigrated from Russia and entered the United States through Angel Island.
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Anne A. Chen

Anne A. Chen is a third-generation Angel Island Immigration Station descendant.  Her maternal grandparents immigrated from Zhongshan, China and entered the United States through Angel Island.

Ms. Chen is Founder and Managing Principal of Quantum Success, LLC, a business consulting firm in the greater Portland, Oregon area.  Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Marketing and New Business at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Vice President Business Development/CFO at Oregon3D.  She also has 10 years of experience at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment America where she worked with the PlayStation® Computer Entertainment System and PlayStation.com.  She earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a licensed CPA.

Her other nonprofit activities include working with pro bono clients, such as Dress for Success and their strategic plan, and fundraising the past 6 years for Doernbecher’s Children Hospital, which is affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University.  She currently serves as Secretary for Oswego Friends of Doernbecher and has also worked on the annual Heart of Doernbecher Auction, the largest fundraiser for the hospital. Return to top

Paul Chin

Paul Chin is currently Chair, Board of Directors for Kimochi and RTR (Rooms that Rock for Chemotherapy Treatment.) He is also a current Director of the Board for San Francisco Chinatown Rotary Club. He served in the United States Army M.A.S.H Unit in 1968. He then went on to earn an AA from SF City College, and studied Biology for two years at SF State College. In 1974, Paul joined the San Francisco Fire Department, rose through the ranks and went on to become Battalion Chief (1999), Director of Emergency Communication Center (2000), and Assistant Deputy Chief/Fire Marshall (2004) before retiring in 2006. In 1996, he helped found the Asian Firefighters Association, and later served as President. Paul also had ongoing active participation with recruitment of diversity hires. In addition to his career, he worked as a volunteer counselor and lifeguard at YMCA summer camps, and at local events serving underserved children and the elderly. Paul also served as a National Instructor and Trainer for an international children’s program, and developed and taught the first bilingual CPR and First Aid classes in SF Chinatown. He continues to be engaged and involved with many community groups, including CAA, Self-Help for the Elderly, Asian Law Caucus, Legal Aid for Battered Women, Japanese Community Youth Coalition, YMCA and Cameron House among many others. Return to top

John Cu

John Cu is a Partner and Chair of Hanson Bridgett's Diversity Committee. He is a trial lawyer and litigator with over 20 jury trials to verdict. John's litigation practice involves commercial litigation and business risk management, including strategic planning, pre-litigation counsel, alternative dispute resolution, and trial. In the business litigation area, John handles matters involving contract disputes, financial market disputes, shareholder matters, unfair competition and fiduciary duty claims, and corporate and partnership dissolution actions, serving clients in the financial, retail and arts/entertainment industries, and environmental and toxic issues.

John has also served as general counsel to various emerging and start-up companies, ranging in industries from software, telecommunications, mobile service, e-commerce, and retail, to name a few. Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, John served as a deputy district attorney for the County of Contra Costa, where he served as acting supervisor of the misdemeanor trial team for the Western Division of the County. John has a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

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Henry Der

Henry Der is a Senior Program officer at the Four Freedoms Fund, a national funders’ collaborative housed at the Public Interest Projects, Inc. He is working with immigrant rights groups across the nation to advance immigrant integration, including the legalization of 12 million undocumented immigrants, and defense of rights.

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Heather Fong

Born and raised in San Francisco, Heather Fong served as Chief of Police in San Francisco from 2004 to 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco and a Master's degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. She was sworn in as a Police Officer in 1977, and worked through the ranks of inspector, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, commander, deputy chief, assistant chief, acting chief and, permanent chief. She was the first woman to lead the San Francisco Police Department, and the first Asian American woman to head a major metropolitan city police force.

Heather Fong has received a number of awards including the Women of Achievement Award from Legal Momentum; the Leadership, Courage and Commitment Award and also the Women Warrior Award from the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition (PAAWBAC); Outstanding Public Service Award from the Asian Pacific American Community Center; and the Officer of the Year Award from the San Francisco Police Department.

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Rodney Fong

Rodney A. Fong is a native San Franciscan and a third generation operator/owner of the world famous Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf, where he serves as President.  He also presides as President of Fong Real Estate Co., LLC, overseeing leasing and tenant concerns for the family properties, such as the 100,000 square foot Wax Museum building in the heart of historic Fisherman’s Wharf.

Rodney has been working in the family owned tourist attraction and learning the business since he was a child.  He always loved the family’s fascinating business and decided early on to build his career within the organization.  When he finished college, he devoted himself full time to learning all phases of the family enterprises, beginning with the daily operations and management technique at the Wax Museum, a world-renowned tourist attraction.  He eventually made marketing his main focus, gradually learning the concepts, strategies and procedures of that profession.  Today, Rodney not only directs marketing activities for the family’s enterprises, he is actively involved in overall operational management procedures and decisions as well.

Rodney has been active and held office in a wide variety of civic, tourist and travel related organizations including the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchant’s Association, Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and California Travel Industry Association.  Rodney served on the San Francisco Port Commission from 2006 to 2010 and has served on the San Francisco Planning Commission since 2010. He is also the former chair of the San Francisco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Rodney is also the Director of the Fong Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization created by his grandparents to benefit many worthwhile social services in the city.

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Ming Hsu

Commissioner Hsu is a Consultant on international business.  She is a Senior Advisor to the NOL Group and a Director of the J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation and a Director of the Committee of 100.

Hsu is a former Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission, appointed by former President George H.W. Bush and confirmed by the US Senate in 1990.  She served in this capacity until January 2000.  As Commissioner, she held many meetings with China’s Ministry of Communications which culminated in the US-China Maritime Bilateral Agreement.  She represented US maritime interests in dealing with the European Union and delivered Keynote speeches in London, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.  She also played a crucial role in the passage and implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998.

Prior to her service as FMC Commissioner, she was a Vice President of RCA Corp. (now GE) where she held a variety of positions in the areas of international marketing and planning.  She led the first delegation visit to Beijing in 1978 and has made over fifty business trips to China since then.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Maritime Medal of Freedom, the Eisenhower Award for Meritorious Service, the Woman of the Year Award, Asian American Professional Woman’s Association, Philbrook Award, and Woman’s Political Caucus and is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics and Who’s Who in America.

A naturalized American, Hsu was born in Beijing, China and has lived throughout Asia.  She is a Summa Cum Laude Graduate of George Washington University and member of Phi Beta Kappa.  At New York University, she was a Penfield Fellow for International Law.  Hsu is a recipient of the George Washington University Alumni Achievement Award and holds several honorary degrees.
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Lawrence B. Low

Lawrence B. Low is the Chief Legal Officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.  As the Chief Legal Officer, Larry is responsible for strategic planning and managing the firm’s global legal affairs, including matters relating to governance, litigation, contracts, insurance, ethics, risk management, human resources and compliance.  In addition to his responsibilities to the firm, Larry represents public and private emerging growth companies, and venture capital funds in a broad range of industries including, energy, semiconductors, internet, software and consumer products.  He has extensive experience in venture financings, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and advises companies and investors in cross border transactions involving Asia.  Larry is a frequent lecturer and has published numerous articles on corporate finance matters.  He also has leadership roles in numerous professional and civic organizations, and was appointed by President Clinton in 1995 as one of four U.S. representatives to serve on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

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Katherine Toy

An educator by training, Katherine Toy’s passion for the Angel Island Immigration Station project comes from years of work with her students to discover their own immigrant and migrant stories, and from her own firm belief that “everyday people make history every day.” A fifth-generation Chinese American, Ms. Toy’s own ancestors traveled frequently between the United States and China in the early twentieth century, subjecting them to the interrogation faced by all Chinese during the era of exclusion. Ms. Toy has been involved with the work of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation for more than a decade, serving as the organization’s first Executive Director and now as a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Toy holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from Stanford University where she now works to engage alumni in positions of volunteer leadership.

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Gerrye Wong

Gerrye Wong is the author of Chinese in San Jose and Santa Clara Valley and Eternal Spring.  She is also the columnist for Asian Week and Hokubei Mainchi Daily News.  The Co-Founder of Chinese Historical & Cultural Project and Chi Am Circle Women’s Club, she is a fourth generation Chinese American in California and is passionate about volunteering for good causes. Gerrye is the proud golfing mother of  two, an avid traveler, a 30 year veteran elementary school teacher, and a graduate of University of Michigan. Return to top


Michael McKechnie

Michael McKechnie is the Executive Director of AIISF. Prior to joining AIISF, Michael served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society for 11 years.

Before working at San Francisco’s Botanical Garden Society, Michael had a long career developing programs that involve professionals and the public working together.  Trained as a City Planner with an interest in historic preservation and with an undergraduate degree in history, Michael has had considerable experience working with architects, engineers, educators, and designers to remake and interpret public places of historical significance.

Michael holds a BA from DePauw University, a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Return to top

Grant Din

Grant Din is the Community Relations Director at AIISF, where he is working on research and educational projects. He has over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector, including 18 years at Asian Neighborhood Design in San Francisco in resource development and management positions.

An avid family history researcher and genealogist for over twenty years, Grant has traced his grandparents' and other relatives' lives including their stays at Angel Island. He loves to help others learn more about their family histories and always seeks to learn new ways to find information. He and fellow researchers are developing a Chinese American Genealogical Society.

Grant serves on the boards of the Marcus Foster Education Fund and Mu Films, and is a former member of several other local and national boards. He has a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from Claremont Graduate University, and is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Grant and his family live in Oakland, and he enjoys helping with his children's schools and sports teams. To see some of his family research, visit www.tonaidin.net.

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Kendra Lee Adams

Kendra Lee Adams is the Development Director at AIISF, and is responsible for individual and major donor fundraising, foundation relations, online giving, special events and annual gala coordination. With over fifteen years of experience in development and marketing, Kendra has worked in healthcare, animal welfare, the arts and independent media. Prior to joining AIISF, she was the Associate Director of Link TV, Development and Marketing Manager at East Bay SPCA and Special Events Coordinator for a capital campaign at University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Japanese language and international relations at Elmira College. In her free time, Kendra enjoys sailing, art, candy-making and 3D printing.

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Julie Phuong

Julie Phuong is the Office Manager of AIISF since 2008. Previously she worked with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco for 3 years in administration, various cultural enrichment programs and lead tours of San Francisco Chinatown.

Julie has a BA from UC Berkeley and is interested in Asian American art, culture, and history.  Return to top
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