Executive Team

Giles Li, Chief Executive Officer

Giles Li, Chief Executive Officer of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), has led the agency since 2013, and has been at BCNC since 2006. Under his leadership, BCNC opened an office in Quincy and the Pao Arts Center, Chinatown’s community-based arts center. 

Giles was named the winner of the statewide 2017 Excellence in Leadership award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and received the prestigious Barr Fellowship in 2018, which celebrates and invests in exceptional nonprofit leaders in Greater Boston. In 2019, he was featured in Boston Magazine as a “new power player” in Chinatown. 

He is a cross-sector leader who serves on the board of directors for Philanthropy Massachusetts and has been on advisory committees for the Attorney General, State Treasurer, and Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. 


David Jacobs, Director of Finance & Administration


David Jacobs has been with BCNC since May 2013. 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.


Joann Yung, Director of Development

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Joann Yung has worked in in development, philanthropy, and management at community-based and national organizations for nearly two decades. To the director position, she brings extensive experience in managing public and private institutional funding, individual giving, marketing and communications, strategic planning and operations, special events, and volunteer management. She was selected to be a Diversity Fellow with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter. Outside of work, Joann volunteers at the King Open School and Cambridge Community Fellowship Church. Joann received a BA in East Asian Studies from the College of William & Mary, a Certificate in Management of Community Organizations from Tufts University and a MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.


Yoyo Yau, Director of Programs


Yoyo Yau 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. Yoyo has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a master’s in expressive therapy from Lesley University, and post graduate training in the Existential Psychotherapy Institute and the American Neuro Arts Therapy Institute. 


Management Team

  • Fred Bennett, Assistant Director of Adult Education

  • Kathy Cheng, Program Director of Acorn Center for Early Education and Care

  • Bernadette Davidson, Director of Child Care and Enrichment

  • Shirley Doan, Director of Adult Education

  • Linda Duong, Executive Assistant

  • Stephanie Fabro, Director of Youth Programs

  • Shaina Lu, Program Director of Red Oak After School and Summer Program

  • Jean Quintal, Special Events Manager

  • Grace Su, Director of Family Services

  • Helen Wong, BCYF Administrative Coordinator

  • Cynthia Woo, Director of Pao Arts Center

  • Victoria Yue, Operations Manager

Board of Directors 2019-2020

  • Giles Li, BCNC, Executive Director

  • Eugene Mahr, President, Boston University

  • Selina Chow, Vice President

  • Julia Kuo, Treasurer, Spectrum Equity

  • Shari Narva, Clerk, Narva & Company

  • Nancy Wang Adams

  • Patrick Cahill, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

  • Russell Chin, Chin Law Firm

  • Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney

  • San San Lee, Deloitte LLP

  • Teresa (Terri) Mock, Cybba Inc.

  • Marie Moy, Tufts Medical Center

  • Sandee Simshauser

  • Emily Sy, State Street Corporation

  • Betty Szeto

  • Marian Tse

  • Karen Wong, marlo marketing

Advisory Board 2017-2018

  • Nancy Wang Adams

  • Paul Chan, Mass Housing Investment Corporation

  • Charles Chin, Asia Grille

  • Peter Chow, Capital One

  • Stephanie Fan

  • Sandie Fenton

  • Susan Fung, Boston Public Schools

  • Rhys Gardiner

  • Maya Honda

  • Joy Lim Nakrin, NBC Boston

  • Grant Pattison, Cathay Bank

  • Karen SooHoo, First Republic Bank

  • Fred Taw, Golden Temple Restaurant

  • Beverly Wing, The Chinatown Coalition

  • Janet Wu, WCVB

  • Perry Wu

  • Anna Yee, Interpreter/Consultant

  • Raymond Yu, Pandemonium Design


Quincy Leadership Council 2017-2019

  • Richard Ash

  • Tim Cahill

  • Russell Chin

  • Bartholomew Jae

  • Jan Lee

  • Samson Lee

  • Nina Liang

  • Liv Lin

  • Ka Yan Ng

  • Youyi Shi

  • Ellen Tang

  • Helen Tang

  • Lori Wirkus

  • John Yu

  • Sherry Zou