AIISF Board


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President

Buck Gee

Buck retired in 2008 from Cisco Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit. He joined Cisco with its 2004 acquisition of Andiamo Systems where he served as President and CEO. His career spans 35 years in Silicon Valley working in large companies such as Hewlett Packard and in a series of high-tech startups, where Buck held executive marketing positions. He has also taught computer engineering courses at Stanford University and Howard University.

Buck serves on the board of Ascend/Northern California and the advisory board of the Asia Society/Northern California. He is a member of the Committee-of-100 and serves on its public policy committee. He has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, USA Today, and San Jose Mercury News.

In 2015, he received the Executive Excellence Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA). He has also received the Civic Entrepreneurship Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Institute (APALI) in 2012.

He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

 
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Vice President

Rosemarie Youngran Nahm

Rosemarie is a former real estate and land use lawyer. During her practice, she served as the
general counsel of Sand Hill Property Company, a commercial development firm, the lead
counsel for Dong Ah U.S.A. Construction Co., and as a transactional lawyer at the law firm of
Ware & Freidenrich. Deeply committed to non-profit work, she also worked as a legal adviser at
the Palo Alto Housing Corporation, an affordable housing developer in Palo Alto, and provided
numerous hours of pro bono work for local Legal Aid offices, the East Palo Alto Volunteer
Attorney Program, the Assistant League of Los Altos and the Korean American Community
Services in San Jose.


Since leaving the daily practice of law, she has been researching, writing and speaking in
community education programs about early Korean immigration and the Angel Island
immigration history. She holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law and a B.A. from Wellesley
College.

 
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Secretary

Jon Cu

John 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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Treasurer

Anne A. Chen

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

Anne 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 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.

 
 
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Darlene Chiu Bryant

A native of San Francisco, Darlene is the Executive Director of ChinaSF. Appointed by the late San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, she is tasked with stimulating economic growth and job creation through trade and investment between China and San Francisco. Previously, Darlene was the Vice President of Public Affairs at East West Bank after serving as Vice President of Public Relations for United Commercial Bank. Darlene was Chief Deputy Communications Director for Mayor Gavin Newsom before joining Pacific Gas & Electric Company to become their Corporate Communications Manager.

Darlene has enjoyed a successful and diverse professional life. Before her wins as a political consultant on a number of campaigns, she spent over a decade living in Hong Kong, working for and with international firms such as Mitsui & Co. and Helm AG.

Appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, Darlene served the City as Small Business Commissioner from 2008 – 2010. She is Founding Boardmember of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project, Boardmember of the Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, Advisory Boardmember of Community Youth Center, past Boardmember of the Chinese Culture Center Foundation and the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition.

 
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Paul Chin

Paul is currently Chair, Board of Directors, for Kimochi and Rooms that Rock for Chemotherapy Treatment. He is also a current Director of the Board for San Francisco Chinatown Rotary Club.

Paul 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 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.

 
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Henry Der

Henry Der is a Senior Program officer at the Four Freedoms Fu

Henry is a senior program officer at Four Freedoms Fund, a national funders’ collaborative that supports pro-immigrant groups in 25 states. For more than two decades, he was the executive director of the membership-supported Chinese for Affirmative Action, working to promote the civil rights of Asian American and other racial minority groups in employment, education, voting and access to public services.

A former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, Henry has taught English as a Second Language to adult immigrants, and served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the California Department of Education, with oversight responsibilities for programs that address the needs of adult immigrant, at-risk and special needs students. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction appointed him to be the State Administrator to bring Emery Unified School District out of fiscal bankruptcy. Henry has been a co-chair of Friends of Education Opportunities for Chinatown that led a community-wide campaign in support of the construction of the SF City College Chinatown/North Beach campus facility serving over 6,500 adult immigrant students.

 
 
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Heather Fong

Born and raised in San Francisco, Heather 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 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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Larry Low

Larry 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.

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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Sonny Lulla

Sonny is a Managing Partner of Franklin Park Management (FPM) and CEO of Infrastructure India, a fund that invests in basic infrastructure assets in India. FPM is in the business of developing, owning and operating energy and infrastructure properties globally. At FPM Sonny co-founded Guggenheim Global Infrastructure Company, a partnership with Guggenheim Partners, to invest in and manage infrastructure businesses in the United States, South America and Southeast Asia.

Sonny has over twenty years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, business operations and improvement, and financing. He has served as President of a multi-billion dollar division of The AES Corporation's businesses in Brazil. While at AES he established a “Turnaround Office” for the Chairman to evaluate, monitor, and assist under-performing businesses within the company; and developed a particular ability for handling troubled situations. Sonny was responsible for the $2 billion restructuring of AES’ holdings in Brazilian utilities Eletropaulo and Light, for several billion dollars of corporate and project financing, and numerous acquisitions in the U.S. and Latin America. Sonny has also held positions in power & utilities financing and operations at Morgan Stanley, CMS Energy Corporation and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Sonny is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is an active member of the San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He lives with his wife and daughter in Pasadena, California.

 
 
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Nobuko Saito Cleary

Nobuko is the President and Founder of Cross-Cultural Communications, an international business consulting firm founded in 1985 that specializes in US-Japan business relationships.

Prior to completing her education in the United States, Nobuko was a singer and talk show host for Japanese television and radio on networks such as NHK, CBC, and Nippon TV.

Nobuko has taught Japanese language and business culture for more than 30 years at universities and companies. She has provided assistance in cross-cultural negotiations, simultaneous interpreting, translation, business meetings, business and trade relations as well with product licenses and intellectual properties.

Nobuko sits on Boards of the Japan Society, San Francisco, Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View, Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, and Northeastern University, Boston. She has raised more than $3 Million for Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) and, in 2012, she received the President Award's from GRF for her years of dedication.

Nobuko's efforts have resulted in many awards including her most prestigious award, the John Gardner Award, and others including the Asian Hero Award, the Silicon Valley Community Recognition Award, and the Mayor's Award from Nagoya City, Japan. In 2014, she was honored by United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of the City of San Francisco, for outstanding leadership, professionalism and service to GRF.

 
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Katherine Toy

Katherine Toy is Executive Vice President of Partnerships and Programs at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, providing leadership to the Conservancy's Youth and Program Services, Volunteers and Internships, Civic and Community Engagement, and Communications and Marketing divisions. 

Katherine has been involved with the work of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation for more than 20 years and served as the organization’s first Executive Director. She is the immediate past president of the board. An educator by training, her 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.” Katherine’s 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.

In addition to her board service for AIISF, Katherine is a member of the Board Development Committee for Girl Scouts of Northern California.

 
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Gerrye Wong

Along with a thirty-year career as an elementary school teacher, Gerrye has been a columnist, author, and champion of Asian American organizations. She is a fourth generation Chinese American.

Her happiest achievement, other than being a proud mother of two and grandmother of 5, was the co-founding of the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP) in 1987. This organization built the Museum of Chinese American History and gifted it to the City of San Jose.  As a Trustee, she continues to oversee the partnership with the City of San Jose to maintain the building. In 2017 she spearheaded a fundraising campaign which is funding 4-6th grade field trips to the Museum. In its first year, over 1,000 students applied to the program.

In her writing career, Gerrye was a columnist for Asian Week for 20 years, chronicling the Asian American community in Silicon Valley.  Presently, she is the Executive Columnist for Chinese American Internet TV (dingdingtv.com) and a Contributing Writer for Gentry Magazine.  She co-authored the book, “Chinese in San Jose and Santa Clara Valley”, a part of the Images of America series, with all proceeds going to the CHCP. 

An active volunteer and supporter of Asian American causes, she has served as a Board Director for Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, Chinese Culture Center, Chinese Historical Society of America, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and the Chi Am Circle, the latter of which she was one of the founders. Her quest for adventure has led her to find her roots and lead groups to China annually for the past 10 years, visited all 50 states of the US, and 100 countries around the world.