Building Our Forever Home


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Hear from Founder Carol Ruth Silver along with CAIS teachers, students, and parents about what a difference people are making through our Campaign to Build Our Forever Home.

In October 2021, CAIS embarked on a transformative journey to convert the former Mercy High School campus into a beacon of Chinese immersion education for children from preschool to 8th grade.

Thanks to the generosity of our leadership donors, ShowCAIS Fund-A-Need donors, and Firedragons’ Week of Giving donors, we have raised $16.6M (and counting) to help Build Our Forever Home! 

This campaign is raising the necessary funds to build a place where our kids can thrive, and our school can take Mandarin immersion education to a new level. What we have accomplished together so far is a testament to our communities commitment to strengthening our school and turning dreams into reality. 

We invite you to join us on this journey toward a brighter future where every child’s potential knows no bounds.

Want to learn more? Contact Berkley Summerlin, Director of Institutional Advancement, at

Our deepest gratitude goes to our committed Board of Trustees, leadership donors, and Capital Campaign Committee (listed below), whose time. talent and treasure are guiding us to our goal. 

Capital Campaign Committee

Sherilyn Adams
CAIS Board of Trustees Member
Executive Director at Larkin Street Youth Services
Parent of Ella, 8th

Dominic Ang
Founder and Managing Partner at Turn/River Capital
Parent of Kaia, 6th and Bodhi, 2nd

Pauline Ang
Founder & CEO Twrl Milk Tea
Parent of Kaia, 6th and Bodhi, 2nd

Deborah Dory Chang
Landscape Designer
Parent of Hugo, 6th and Julian x’28

Marvin Chow
CAIS Board of Trustees Member
Vice President, Global Marketing at Google
Parent of Polaire, 7th and Ceboline, 5th 

Alda Leu Dennis
CAIS Board of Trustees Member and Committee on Trustees Chair
Board Partner at Initialized Capital
Parent of Amelia and William, 7th, Fiona, 4th

Roger Evans and Aey Phanachet
Partner Emeritus at Greylock
Parents of Jake x’26

Paul Kocher
CAIS Board of Trustees Member
Entrepreneur (Formerly President at Cryptography Research & SVP at Rambus)
Parent of Eric ’22, and Sophie x’24

Stephanie Lim
CAIS Board of Trustees Member
Co-Founder & CEO, Third State Books
Parent of Garrison, 3rd

Lily Lin
Vice President, Global Communication at Google
Parent of August, 3rd and Marlowe, K

Bryant Jenkins
Managing Principal, Sperry Capital
Parent of Sydney, 8th and Madison, 2nd

Garry Tan
President & CEO, Y Combinator
Board Partner & Advisor at Initialized Capital
Parent of Garrison, 3rd

Christopher Tom
CAIS Board of Trustees Chair 
Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco City Attorney’s Office
Parent of Theodore, 7th and Ezra, 2nd

Haim Zaltzman
Global Vice Chair, Emerging Companies & Growth, and Partner at Latham & Watkins
Parent of Sabrina, 7th and Maya, 5th

Campaign Donors

Anonymous (6)
Sherilyn Adams and Elaine Teoh
Soyeba Ahmed and Steven Verhaverbeke
Dominic and Pauline Ang
Winston Aw ’04
Brent and Deborah Besson
Jeffrey Bissell and Yangyang Han
Ellen Boccuzzi and Joseph Gasiorek
Josephine Chan and Erick Tai
Austin and Angie Chang
Deborah and Daniel Chang
Brandon Chen and Shelley Tsang
Charlene Chen and Tony Dorie
Yvonne Chiu and Domingo Guerra
Rebecca and Kyle Doherty
Chris Foley
Kyna Fong and Evan Tana
Serena Jia Han and Cary Carpenter
Emily He and Michael Bauer
Gwen Hinze and Ernest Chow
Eileen and George Horng
Billy Hwan and Charlie O’Leary
Marsha Jong and Matthew Campbell
Katzenmeyer Family
Tracy and Brian Keyser
Susan Kimberlin and Steven Tamm
Eric Kocher ’22
Helene Kocher and Paul Kocher
Jennifer Lai and Haim Zaltzman
Nellie Lee and Darrell Young
Pearlie and Keith Lee
Jennifer Leong and John Wang
Liyun Li and Bryant Jenkins
Stephanie Lim and Garry Tan
Kris Lin and Brian Ito
Lily Lin and Andrew Lieberman
Kathleen Liu and Daniel Burkhardt
Lockwood Miller Family Living Trust
Elizabeth Loh and Barron Lee
Ben Lui and Karen Lai
Jacalyn and Eric Mah
Jon and Velma Mayeda
Dina and Michael Morell
Richard and Claire Mueller
Ola Okelola and Katie Chan
JiYoung Park and Marvin Chow
Aey Phanachet and Roger Evans
Mary Powell and Adam Messinger
Sara Roberts and Joerg Schumann
Sanger Family Foundation
Monique Schaulis and Matthew Werdegar
Peter Shiau and Sharon Wang
Irene Sung and Darrin Chang
Joyce and Chris Tom
Chloe and Sean Sullivan
Stefani Wedl and Darren Schulte
Mike Wey and Jenny Su
Helen Wong Lim and Christopher Lim
Judy Wu & Greg DeForest
Jon Xu and Jane Ly
Louisa Xu and John McKay
Dwight Zhou and Christina Lu
Julie Zhou and Jeremy Weinstein