Senior Management Team

Executive Director: Giles Li

Giles Li is the Executive Director of BCNC, and has been at BCNC since 2006. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Giles has a proven track record of direct service, advocacy work, and management experience. Having grown up locally in an immigrant family, he has a life-long connection and commitment to the community in and beyond Chinatown.

Giles is a recognized thought leader and public speaker in Asian American communities nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Giles has also served as adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies program at UMass-Boston, and is a cross-sector leader who has served on several boards and committees, including the Task Force for Financial Literacy at the Office of the State Treasurer, the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and the Associated Grant Makers Board of Directors.

Director of Finance & Administration: David Jacobs

David Jacobs has been with BCNC since May 2013 and serves as Director of Finance & Administration.  He has nearly two decades of experience assisting organizations in the professional services, high tech, and nonprofit industries. Prior to joining BCNC, David worked as a Senior Consultant at Accounting Management Solutions and as Director of Finance and Operations for Minuteman Senior Services, Inc., in Burlington, MA.  He received his BA in Economics from Hobart College and MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School at the University of Virginia.

Director of Development: Carmen Chan

Carmen Chan has been working with BCNC since 2002. She was the campaign director for BCNC's successful capital campaign completed in 2005.  Carmen has 20 years of fundraising experience and has worked on individual giving, foundation relations, capital campaign, special events, and endowment. Previously, Carmen was the Director of Fundraising at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and Director of Development and Marketing for the Boston Women's Fund.  Carmen is active in the Asian community serving on the Board of the Chinese Historical Society of New England. Carmen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and graduated from the Institute of Non-profit Management and Leadership at Boston University. Carmen was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by Boston Jaycees. 

Director of Child Care & Enrichment Programs: Bernadette Davidson

Bernadette Davidson has a Master’s Degree in Early Education and Care from Lesley University. She has had many roles in the field including teacher, early intervention specialist, director of two different dual language early education programs, college instructor at several Greater Boston colleges, director of the Child Care Careers Institute, assistant director of one child care resource and referral and professional development director at another and child care consultant. 


Director of Family & Community Engagement: Yoyo Yau

Yoyo Yau, MA, LMHC, is the Director of Family & Community Engagement at BCNC.  Yoyo is a licensed mental health counselor with a background in early intervention, mental health counseling and brain injury recovery.  She has worked with non-profits, hospital settings and state agencies to provide assessment, therapy, treatment and crisis intervention. In 2016, she graduated from the Commonwealth Seminar and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University’s (BU) School of Management. In 2013, she was selected in the Boston-Haifa Exchange Learning Program which she experienced the dimensions of social justice and leadership in America and Israel.  She was trained as a facilitator by Cordoba Group International LLC in 2012 and conducted a series of Boston Public School student assignment community meetings.  She presented “neuro-art therapy and brain injury” at the 2008 American Art Therapy Conference in Ohio, and at the 2006 Del Giarcco art therapy annual conference in New York, Yoyo has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a master’s in expressive therapy from Lesley University, and has had post graduate training in the Existential Psychotherapy Institute and the American Neuro Arts Therapy Institute. 

Board of Directors 2016-2017

  • Selina Chow, President
  • Eugene Mahr, Vice-President, Boston University
  • Brian Downer, Treasurer, State Street Corporation
  • Julia Kuo, Clerk, Spectrum Equity
  • Patrick Cahill, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Stephen Chan, The Boston Foundation
  • Dean Chin
  • Russell Chin, Chin Law Firm
  • Jimmy Chiu, Senior Whole Health
  • Lorrayne Chu, Lorrayne Yen Chu Consulting Inc.
  • San San Lee, Deloitte
  • Marie Moy, Tufts Medical Center
  • Shari Narva, Narva & Company
  • Betty Szeto
  • Marian Tse

Advisory Board 2016-2017

  • Paul Chan, Mass Housing Investment Corporation
  • Rhys Gardiner
  • Edward Gee, Verizon
  • Maya Honda                                                                        
  • Fred Taw, Golden Temple Restaurant
  • Hong T. Vuong, Chaston Associates
  • Beverly Wing, The Chinatown Coalition
  • Perry Wu, Staples
  • Anna Yee, Interpreter/Consultant
  • Raymond Yu, Pandemonium Design