Chris, a San Francisco native, muddled his way through Cantonese and Mandarin before embracing and studying Chinese, Chinese history and philosophy, and Asian-American studies as an undergraduate at Brown University. After college, Chris grappled with the opportunities and challenges of urban redevelopment, civic engagement, and municipal governance as a legislative aide to members of the Oakland City Council before obtaining a Master in Public Affairs degree (Princeton University) and a Juris Doctor (Columbia Law School). After law school, Chris practiced land use and environmental law at an international law firm, where he specialized in mixed-use development projects and became acquainted with the CAIS community while providing legal counsel on the 888 Campus project. Impressed by CAIS’ vision and community, Chris and Joyce were grateful for the opportunity to join the CAIS family when their first child entered Pre-K at CAIS. Joyce is a former room parent and Chris served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force before joining the Board. As a deputy city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, Chris drafts legislation, litigates on the City’s behalf, and advises a myriad of City departments. Chris and Joyce are the joyful parents of two CAIS Lower School students.
Chris serves on the following Board committees: Executive, Committee on Trustees, NCIS, Facilities, and 19th Avenue Campus Sub-Committee. He also serves on the Pandemic Response Advisory Team.