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 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.
He is a cross-sector leader who serves on the board of directors for Associated Grant Makers 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 Management and Leadership.
Director of Finance & Administration: David Jacobs
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.
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 in 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 holds a Bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and graduated from the Institute of Non-profit Management and Leadership. 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 Adult Education and Workforce Initiatives: Debby Wiesen
Debby Wiesen has over a decade of experience in adult education and workforce initiatives, as well as extensive experience in the private sector. Prior to BCNC, Debby was the Vice President and Dean of the Veterans Training School at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans for 11 years. She has been recognized as a social innovator by Root Cause for developing programs leading to employment and higher education. Debby received a Bachelor’s in Education & Special Education from Boston University, and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.
Director of Family & Community Engagement: Yoyo Yau
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.
Board of Directors 2017-2018
- Eugene Mahr, President, Boston University
- Selina Chow, Vice President
- Brian Downer, Treasurer, State Street Corporation
- Julia Kuo, Clerk, Spectrum Equity
- Patrick Cahill, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Stephen Chan, The Boston Foundation
- Russell Chin, Chin Law Firm
- Lorrayne Chu, Lorrayne Yen Chu Consulting Inc.
- San San Lee, Deloitte
- Giles Li, Executive Director, BCNC
- Marie Moy, Tufts Medical Center
- Shari Narva, Narva & Company
- 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, Staples
- Anna Yee, Interpreter/Consultant
- Raymond Yu, Pandemonium Design