Margaret Conley, a Bay Area native, is the Executive Director of Asia Society Northern California. Her non-profit experience includes the Berggruen Institute, where she launched a Philosophy + Culture Institute with a focus on the US and China. Margaret was based in Asia for several years as a television news correspondent with ABC News in Jakarta and Tokyo, and with Bloomberg Television in Shanghai. She was part of the global ABC team that won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for presidential inauguration coverage. Her interviews include Howard Schultz, Richard Branson, Ban Ki-Moon, LeBron James and Beyoncé. She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Hong Kong, which specializes in coverage of Asia. Margaret was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2019. She is a member of the International Women's Forum.
Director of Finance
Angela Chung is the Director of Finance. Prior to working at Asia Society, she was working at Agile Fund Solutions, a CFO solutions firm for alternative investments clients. Before that, she worked at PwC, auditing financial services clients and helping audit teams integrate automation into their procedures. She has a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in accounting from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she was a speaker at TEDxUCLA 2017, an active member of Hanoolim: Korean Cultural Awareness Group, and a janggu player in Hanoolim's poongmul (traditional Korean drumming) troupe.
Director of Programs
Rexille Uy is Director of Programs at Asia Society Northern California. Prior to joining Asia Society, she spent a decade at the Institute of International Studies (IIS), an organized research unit at the University of California, Berkeley. Rexille managed the daily operations, public events, funding opportunities, and financial matters of the Institute and hosted notable speakers such as Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone, President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi, and winner of the 2018 Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society, Professor Jennifer Doudna. From 2017-2018, she also served as the Secretariat for the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). She holds degrees in both Sociology and Media Studies from UC Berkeley.
Director of Programs
James Gale is the Director of Programs. He previously worked in Washington DC as an International Policy Manager in UPS’ Global Public Affairs organization, managing business development and policy initiatives to expand UPS’ global footprint. Prior to his role at UPS, he worked at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he designed and launched a new U.S.-Japan travel and tourism initiative and coordinated cross-cultural conferences. James also participated in the Japanese Government’s Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program, serving for two years as an Assistant Language Teacher in rural Hokkaido. James holds a Master’s of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations/Modern Languages from Trinity College in Hartford. He has studied abroad at East China Normal University in Shanghai and International Christian University in Tokyo and speaks Japanese, Mandarin, and French.
Michael Chong is Executive Associate. He is a Southern California native who moved to Northern California for college. Prior to joining Asia Society, he worked in Human Resources with C-level executives at a staffing agency in San Francisco. Previously, Michael worked as a marketing operations coordinator and hiring manager. This is his first time working at a nonprofit organization. When he is not working, Michael enjoys attempting to recreate traditional Malaysian dishes from his childhood.