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Young Professionals Group


Working as an arm of Asia Society Northern California, the ASNC Young Professionals was established with the specific goal of connecting a young, like-minded, Bay Area demographic in efforts to foster innovation and progress. The most prominent demographic in the city of San Francisco is young professionals ages 21 to 39, and the ASNC Young Professionals Group looks to involve these talented and globally-minded leaders in our initiatives.

Looking to build a strong foundation on which its members can develop professional relationships, networks, and ideas, the group caters its events to the aspiration and interests of young professionals through art exhibitions and performances, films, lectures, panel discussions, and conferences.

Young Professionals Group Membership $45

100% tax-deductible


  • Benefits for one adult
  • Discounted or free admission to all public programs
  • Invitations to members-only programs
  • Free admission to standard ASNC events
  • Discounted admission to premium ASNC events
  • 10% discount at the AsiaStore online
  • Unlimited free admission to the Asia Society Museum in New York City

As an ASNC Young Professionals Group Member, you are invited to a variety of multicultural events.

Recent events have included:

Ways to Join

Purchase online.
Contact Gaargi Desai, Vice Chair, at
415-212-9497 or [email protected]

Leadership Council

Brian Reyes
BAR Sustainability
Vice Chair
Maria Scarzella Thorpe
Asia Society Northern California
Gaargi Desai
Asia Society Northern California
Program Co-Chair
Jennifer Chu
Center for Asian American Media
Program Co-Chair
Alison Bolivar
Anji Investment Group
Program Co-Chair
Miguel Oropeza De Cortéz-Caballero
El Estadista del Pacífico 
Asahi Choi
FTI Consulting
Operations Chair
Carla Faraguna
Networking & Outreach Co-Chair
Miranda Chiu
Networking & Outreach Co-Chair
John Nyugen
Thrive Networks
Marketing Co-Chair
Kristen Durham
Silicon Valley Bank
Corporate Development Liaison 
Makenna Nelson
Asia Society Northern California