Norman grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown and received a B.A. in Sociology from San Francisco State University and Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. The “Good Reverend” lived in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia working on human rights issues for one-and-a-half years. He was Youth Program Director at Donaldina Cameron House for 11 years. In 1990, he joined Chinatown CDC as Program Director. As Deputy Director, Norman oversaw the organization’s work in Community Organizing, Community Planning, Resident Services, and Youth Leadership. He is also an ordained Presbyterian Minister. Norman was promoted to Executive Director on October 3, 2011.
Cindy Wu - Deputy Director
From 2007-2014, Cindy was the Community Planning Manager at Chinatown CDC. With her team, she worked to empower grassroots community members to advocate for the sustainability of Chinatown. Her work spans open space, transportation, land use and affordable housing. In that role, she won over $45 million in capital improvements for Chinatown. Cindy has also sat on the SF Planning Commission since 2012, serving terms as President and Vice-President. As Deputy Director, Cindy oversees housing development, property management, human resources and administration.
Malcolm Yeung - Deputy Director
Malcolm Yeung first joined Chinatown Community Development Center in February of 2009 as Public Policy Manager, where he coordinated, developed, and helped lead Chinatown CDC’s advocacy initiatives . Immediately prior to rejoining the organization as Deputy Director of Programs in July 2012, Malcolm served one year as San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Senior Advisor on Housing and Land Use policy. During that time, Malcolm led the City in developing a proposal for a San Francisco Housing Trust Fund to fund housing opportunities for low and moderate income San Franciscans. Malcolm is a 2001 graduate of the Berkeley School of Law and spent five years practicing tenant and housing law at the Asian Law Caucus, playing a lead role in forming Chinatown’s first affordable housing cooperative.
Karen Gansen - Chief Financial Officer
Karen was born, raised, and continues to reside in the East Bay. She joined Chinatown CDC in 1998 as the Chief Financial Officer, charged with managing the financial resources and fiscal operations for the organization. Prior to joining Chinatown CDC, Karen worked for 18 years at The John Stewart Company, a for-profit property management firm in San Francisco, where she managed the accounting department. She has over 30 years of experience in property management/real estate development finance in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Karen studied finance and accounting at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Whitney Jones - Director of Housing Development
Whitney was hired as Housing Development Assistant in 1992 before becoming a Project Manager, then Senior Project Manager, and eventually assuming his current position. Whitney has been involved in the acquisition, rehabilitation, development, and technical assistance of over 1,500 units of affordable housing in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. He is a graduate of LISC’s Housing Development Training Institute and University of Southern California’s Bay Area Ross Program for Real Estate, as well as the University of Kansas with a B.A. in English, and the University of California, Berkeley with an M.A. in Geography.
Gordon Leung - Director of Property Management
Gordon joined Chinatown CDC as Property Supervisor in 2008. Prior to joining Chinatown CDC, Gordon worked at East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, a non-profit organization, to oversee daily operation of several affordable properties in Oakland. As a Property Supervisor at Chinatown CDC, Gordon has been involved in staff supervision, compliance management, site budget monitoring, and lease up projects. Because of his dedication and leadership, he was voted as Property Management Staff of the Year in 2010. Gordon holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis. He also holds industry designation as California Certified Resident Manager (CCRM), Site Compliance Specialist (SCS), Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Facility Management Professional (FMP) and LEED Green Associate.
Winnie Chu - Director of Resource Development
Winnie joined Chinatown CDC in March 2010. Prior, she was the Executive Director of Survivors International. Her work experience includes 11 years as Vice President of Grants and Programs at Community Foundation Silicon Valley and 10 years as an independent consultant providing technical assistance to nonprofits on strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, board development, and fund development and advising foundations and corporations on setting up philanthropic programs and community initiatives and evaluation. Winnie was on the Board of Directors of Community Education Services and is an American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, Senior Fellow. Winnie holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.