Young Professionals Group

The Asia Society Northern California Young Professionals Group connects young, globally-minded individuals in the Bay Area to foster innovation and progress. 

YPG members build professional relationships, networks, and exchange ideas.  Programs and events are designed to reflect the interests of young professionals through art exhibitions, 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 NYC
  •  Access to variety of multicultural events

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

Recent events have included:

Leadership Council

Brian Reyes
San Francisco Department of Environment

Brian is an Environmental Generalist with over 15 years of environmental services experience in the private, government and non-profit sectors. Brian is currently a Climate and Sustainability Analyst for the City of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment driving local, regional and global climate and sustainability programs and initiatives. Brian has been volunteering for ASYPG since 2012, Chair for nearly 3 years and feels the most rewarding moments of being a Chair for the Leadership Council is seeing people grow to their full potential.

Operations Chair
Ana Sycip

New to ASNC and YPG, Ana has been a member since November 2015 and joined the Leadership Council in early 2016. She tries to spend most of her free time outdoors and going to all the new restaurants and bars; as a San Francisco Native, she likes to be a dependable resource for people looking to explore and get to know the city better.

Program Co-Chair
Lily Cheng
Google X

Lily is a strategist with Google X. She was formerly a business analyst with McKinsey & Company's Silicon Valley office, focused primarily on tech innovation and digital transformation. Her passion for policy and politics in Asia stems from spending 3 years in China as the editor with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's Beijing office. She's excited to serve as a Program Chair with the Asia Society and bridge the tech communities between innovation hubs in Asia and Silicon Valley. 

Program Co-Chair
Jennifer Chu
Center for Asian American Media

Jennifer has been a proud member of the Asia Society Northern California and the YPG Leadership Council since October 2012. In her free time, she enjoys participating in events presented by the SF Bay Area’s diverse and vibrant arts/cultural organizations, artists, and community groups.

Program Co-Chair
Miguel Oropeza De Cortéz-Caballero
Stanford Universtiy

Miguel has been a part of the Asia Society since 2013 and has served as Program Co-Chair since 2015. He currently works at the Global Studies Division of Stanford University. Miguel also heads the Michoacan International Trade and Cooperation Council, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting economic and cultural ties between Michoacan (in Mexico) and the world. He is a regular columnist for newspapers in Mexico including La Voz de Michoacan and Reforma, writing on international affairs and economics. 

Program Co-Chair
Scott Wong
Property Manager

Scott is a Property Manager in Commercial Real Estate. He is passionate about real estate development, environment and learning new languages. Scott joined ASNC to help increase the understanding between Asia and the World through travel, food, and culture. Scott likes to play volleyball and cycling.

Asahi Choi

Asahi has been a member of ASNC since 2012 and has also proudly served on the YPG Leadership Council during this time, providing guidance and collaborating with the team to grow membership four-fold. Asahi currently manages a team focusing on marketing analytics at NetSuite/Oracle. He enjoys meeting new members and finding creative ways to keep members involved with YPG.

Networking & Outreach Co-Chair
Katy Chin

Katy just recently joined ASNC and is excited to meet and learn from the other members of YPG. Katy has spent her entire career so far in the non-profit sector and is currently working at TechSoup with the NGOsource project, focusing on philanthropy and international grantmaking. Katy has studied and traveled extensively in China and is passionate about community development, travel, food, and the arts. In her spare time, she likes to discover new parts of the city, try new restaurants, and attempt to snowboard.

Networking &Outreach Co-Chair
Chris Koh 
San Francisco Public Works

Chris is a data analyst on the Performance Unit team at San Francisco Public Works. He is fortunate to work at a place where he can use data to analyze and improve projects that are related to his passions - climate change and homelessness. Chris is a coffee snob who yells "Go Blue" at anyone wearing Michigan apparel, likes to take photos, bike, and be outdoors when he's not being a homebody binge-watching TV shows. He is eager to strengthen the Young Professionals Group community through arts, community service, and discussions on current events.

Networking & Outreach Co-Chair
Alison Yee

Having recently joined YPG, Alison is excited to engage and learn from the ASNC member community. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Bay Area's urban and outdoor environments. 

Marketing Co-Chair
Jimmy Haber

Jimmy is the Head of User Operations and Communications at Thunkable, a YC-backed startup where anyone can build their own mobile apps. Prior to joining Thunkable, Jimmy worked for Alibaba Group where he managed the mobile application and led the Rural Taobao Photo Series, a digital project dedicated to documenting the growth of e-commerce in rural China. Outside of the office, Jimmy plays French horn and trumpet with several SF-based music groups. He is also an active volleyball player. 

Marketing & Outreach Co-Chair
John Low
GE Ventures

John moved to the Bay Area in 2016 and joined the ASNC to engage with the community, and support diversity and understanding through cultural and educational events. John works in venture capital, and also spends his free time mentoring young professionals. Prior to moving to the US, John was a consultant, working in over 8 different countries including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Marketing Co-Chair
Liza Strauss

Liza has studied Mandarin for twelve years and helped Macy’s launch it’s online store on Alibaba’s B2C platform, Tmall Global. Having loved her 2012 summer internship at Asia Society in New York, Liza was eager to join the ASNC YPG when she moved to the Bay Area. She enjoys taking dance classes at ODC in the Mission and hiking. 

Development Liaison
Laura Wry Jenkins
Asia Society Northern California

Laura joined ASNC as the Development Officer in 2016 following four years living in Taiwan and Indonesia as a Boren Fellow. She is passionate about cross-cultural communication and understanding, particularly as this relates to U.S-Asia partnerships. Laura enjoys long-distance cycling and traveling as much as possible.

Programs Liaison
Melissa La Bouff
Asia Society Northern California

Melissa recently graduated with her Master's degree and is fairly new to both ASNC and the Bay Area. As a California native with a brief stint in Japan, she enjoys exploring not only the local restaurant and museum scene but also venturing outside the city for a hike or run.