Still just a concept as recently as 2017, the Chinese American Museum in Washington, DC continues to move closer to becoming a reality thanks to the leadership and support of our visionaries, experts, and champions of the Chinese American story.
Chinese American Museum
1218 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Board of Directors
Philip Qiu, Chair
Philip Qiu is an entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Los Angeles. In 2016, Qiu and his family established the Philip Qiu and Family Foundation to support education programs in the US with a particular focus on music and art education for students with special needs. Mr. Qiu was one of the original founders of the Chinese American Museum Foundation in 2017.
Neil Chen is an entrepreneur from Canada and co-founder of the Chinese American Museum Foundation. In 2014, he established the Hong Kong based nonprofit, Chinese Overseas Foundation, that works with local governments to build schools and provide educational opportunities in impoverished regions.
Ambassador Michael Ussery
Former U.S. Ambassador Michael Ussery has led major investments, business development and humanitarian projects in East Europe, Asia, and the Mid-East. He is a founder of numerous companies and non-profit organizations. Today he serves as Vice Chairman of Kima Communications and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the CalErin Group. Ambassador Ussery co-founded Hellas Investment Management, focused on hospitality and real estate investments in Greece. In international higher education, Ambassador Ussery is President of CAUA, planning and organizing American universities overseas. Previously, Ussery was Chairman and President of the Coordinating Council for International Universities that planned the American University of Afghanistan.
Jenny Liu was one of the first visionaries for the museum project. Prior to a career in international consulting, she was an award-winning film editor originally from Shanghai. Prior to working with the Chinese American Museum in DC, she had been a native of Indianapolis, Indiana for twenty-eight years. Ms. Liu brings in-depth leadership experience having worked for Chinese and American consulting companies helping to advance Sino-American joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions in the US and China. Her more than thirty years of international dealings include roles with Emmis Broadcasting Company, Nanocarbon Technology, International Cultural Exchange Services, WWW International Corp., and Elite Education Service where she developed international student exchange programs. In addition to her position at CAMDC, Ms. Liu serves as the Vice President of the Philip Qiu and Family Foundation in the United States, a nonprofit organization focusing on helping disabled children through art and musical therapies and education in public and private schools in the US.
Academic Advisory Board
Phylis Lan Lin, PhD ( 藍采風 博士), Chair, Academic Advisory Board
Dr. Lan Lin is Professor Emerita and Former Associate Vice President for International Partnerships, University of Indianapolis; Curator, Au Ho-nine Museum, University of Indianapolis; Professor, PhD OD & MBA Programs & Director, Center for Research and Planning, Assumption University, Thailand; and Honorary President, Everbright Film Arts Academy, Ningbo, China. Professor Lin holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Missouri–Columbia, concentrated in medical sociology, complex organization, and sociology of occupations and professions, which she received in 1972. She taught at Missouri Southeast State University in 1972 and has been teaching at the University of Indianapolis since 1973. In her 46 years teaching and research in higher education, Dr. Lin has held administrative positions, acting as the Chair of the Department of the Social Sciences from 1978 to 1985. She was the co-founder of the Graduate Applied Sociology Program and the Director of Applied Sociology in the late 1990s for five years. Among her leadership roles, Dr. Lin has organized and chaired numerous international conferences. She was honored in August 2015 among the “Living Legends of Indiana’s Chinese-American Community” for her contributions to education and international cooperation.
Rita Lewi, Senior Advisor
Rita Lewi is an active contributor to the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center. She has been involved with the center for over 19 years, most recently serving as the Director of the CCACC Art Gallery and the Director of the CCACC Home Care Services. Her tenure also includes service to Library of Congress, Library of Congress Asian American Association (LCAAA), LC APA Heritage Month Planning Committee, education enrichment programs, cultural events, and establishing liaisons with other local ventures. Her dedication to public service has been recognized by the several awards, including the Distinguished Service to Public Education Award by the Montgomery Country Board of Education, the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Maryland Library Association, and the Charles W. Gilchrist Volunteer Award by the Friends of the Library in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her background demonstrates both a thorough understanding and deep commitment to the Chinese American community, a truly valuable addition to the Museum team.
Michael Lin Ph.D., Senior Advisor
Dr. Michael Lin chaired the 1882 Project, which, spearheaded by a variety of other Chinese American organizations, succeeded in securing the passage of Congressional Resolutions that expressed regret for the injustice of the Chinese Exclusion Laws and reaffirmed Congress’ commitment to protecting the civil rights of all persons. He has also served in the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) in a variety of leadership capacities including acting as the National Executive Director, Chair of the Building Campaign, and the National President. Currently, Lin is a member of the Leadership Council of the Center for Global Migration Studies at the University of Maryland, the Board of Directors of KID Museum, and the Committee of 100. Prior to his work with Chinese American policy, he earned his Ph.D in Georgia and served at the National Institutes of Health as a biomedical scientist. With a vast range of experiences in different fields, Michael Lin has much expertise to bring to the ever-growing team at the Chinese American Museum.
Phyllis Hecht, Museum Advisor
Phyllis Hecht is founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies program. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University since 2005 and her research focuses on best practices and innovative use of technology in the museum field. She co-edited “The Digital Museum: A Think Guide,” an anthology on museums and technology. She has published papers and participated in international panels on topics of museums and technology, building online community, and current practices in digital curation. Phyllis has more than 25 years of museum experience, and prior to Johns Hopkins University, worked at the National Gallery of the Art in Washington, DC, as manager of the museum’s website and as an award-winning designer of print and web publications. In 2012, Ms. Hecht was the recipient of a research grant from The Benjamin and Rhea Yeung Center for Collaborative China Studies to form partnerships between museum professionals, educators, and students in the U.S. and China. Ms. Hecht received a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from George Washington University.
Jenny Liu, Vice President
David Uy, Executive Director
David Uy is a marketing, public relations, and development veteran with experience in national nonprofit management, communications, and relationship building. His role at the museum draws on his work in creative and strategic marketing and public relations, nonprofit and corporate strategy, exhibit and event design, speechwriting, and campaign development. Prior to joining CAMDC, David served in leadership roles in several award-winning advertising and public relations firms, as Vice President of Marketing and Development for the legal technology company, CDS, and as Communications Director for The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network. He served as the principal of the public relations agency, Brand Bureau, for twelve years. David has worked with and advised numerous organizations including The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Personal Care Products Council, Coastal States Organization, Washington Revels, Quality of Life Plus, Johns Hopkins University, Fannie Mae, The National Zoo, Sprint, The Wall Street Journal, Big Brothers Big Sisters, US Dept. of Energy, Bon Secours, and HCA Healthcare. David holds an MBA in Marketing Strategy and a BA in Fine Arts and Art History from The College of William and Mary. He is a first generation American-born Chinese with family originating in Xiamen, China and the Philippines.
Xin Ren, Museum Assistant
Xin Ren has a wide range of experiences in museum management including visitor services. Previously, she has worked with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Air and Space Museum in a variety of logistical and service capacities. Xin is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.S. in Health System Management.
Mindy Liu, Program Coordinator
Mindy Liu is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Politics and a minor in Economic Policy. She has previously worked with the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration on trade relations between U.S. and China. Currently, she is working with the Chinese American Museum and its board to establish its online presence and build its content program.
Feng Shan, Legal Counsel
Feng Shan is an attorney at SZDC Law P.C. He provides advice and support for the foundation including nonprofit corporation operation, governance and fundraising issues. Mr. Shan practiced law at the Washington, D.C. office of Dentons US LLP. Before starting his legal career, Mr. Shan was a research scientist at Pharmacia (now Pfizer) and Biogen.