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 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, Woodrow Wilson School) 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 served as CAIS’ legal counsel for the 888 Campus project. Impressed by CAIS’ vision and community, Chris and Joyce were delighted to join the CAIS family when their son began Pre-K at CAIS. Joyce is a former room parent and Chris previously served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. As a Deputy City Attorney to San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, Chris drafts legislation, litigates on the City’s behalf, and advises a myriad of City officials and departments. Chris and Joyce are the joyful parents of Theo (Class of 2025) and Ezra (Class of 2030).
In addition to serving as Board Chair, Chris serves on the Executive Committee, the Facilities Committee, and the National Center for Independent Schools (NCIS) Committee.