Henry Der was born in Chinatown (Chinese Hospital), and as a youngster, he frequently played in St. Mary’s Square, and often accompanied his mom to the Kong Chow Temple. Mr. Der worked as executive director of San Francisco Chinatown-based Chinese for Affirmative Action for more than two decades. He has served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the California Department of Education, running programs that serve at-risk and special needs students. He currently works as Senior Program Officer at Four Freedoms Fund, a national funders’ collaborative that is supporting pro-immigrant groups across the country that advance the integration and rights of immigrants. He helped co-lead the successful, grassroots community campaign for the construction of the San Francisco City College Chinatown-North campus facility.
Jeffrey Heller, FAIA is president and founder of Heller Manus Architects. Since its beginning in 1984, the firm has established a reputation for influencing architecture and urban design in the Bay Area, nationally and internationally.
He is a leader in the profession and green movement with some of the first sustainable architecture and large scale urban planning projects in the US and China, including the first LEED Gold office towers in the sister cities of San Francisco and Shanghai, the first LEED Platinum neighborhood development master plan, a sustainable/livable master plan for Guangzhou’s North and South Axes, a sustainable urban plan proposal for Shanghai’s Yangpu Waterfront, and a sustainable urban plan for the city expansion area of Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia. His work in China often now involves high speed rail land use implications.
Phyllis Kim is Executive Director of the Korean American Forum of California. The group is dedicated to raising awareness regarding the unresolved history of the ‘Comfort Women’ as well as to pressuring the government of Japan to formally acknowledge and apologize for its past war crime of military sexual slavery.
Kelli Morgan, is the “Lowe Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts”. She is a curator, writer, critical race art historian whose work focuses on African American women’s art, within the context of issues of justice, race, representation. She is a strong advocate for modern and contemporary art with an experienced urban eye for cutting edge work.