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Rooted In Our Community.

Growing Up in the Richmond District

David and his siblings were raised by their immigrant parents. His mother, Mee, was a typist at Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in the Richmond District for decades. 
His father, Ken, was a proud Galileo High School graduate, a U.S. Army veteran, and a U.S. Navy civilian electrical engineer. His parents struggled to raise their family in San Francisco while caring for more extended family members.

At 12 years-old, David and his younger brother joined the Boy Scouts. This started David's lifelong passion of volunteer work and giving back to the community. In those early days, David served as a crossing guard, delivered meals to senior citizens, and helped to clean up Chinatown's alleys.

David attended Wallenberg High School and became interested in government and public policy while volunteering for State Senator Milton Marks.

David's Life Stor

Educator

As a first-generation college student, David strongly related to the struggles of immigrant students. He became an educator to help immigrants succeed in school and find their passion in life.

 

After earning his masters degree, David was hired as a lecturer of political science at San Francisco State in 2005. He has taught a generation of students how to organize, mobilize and engage the system. Scores of his students have gone on to participate in voter registration drives and public policy campaigns.

In 2017, after earning his doctorate in education, David became the Director of Laney College’s Asian Pacific American Student Success program which supports

low-income immigrant and undocumented students with academic counseling, AAPI mental health support services, peer mentoring and multilingual support.

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Non-Profit Leader

​Since 1993, David has served as the Executive Director for the Chinese American Voters Education Committee (CAVEC), organizing voter registration drives at U.S. naturalization ceremonies, Chinese and Asian American churches, cultural events, family association and community gatherings throughout Chinatown, the Richmond, the Sunset, Visitacion Valley and Daly City.
 
David has trained hundreds of volunteers and staff to register and educate voters in the AAPI community throughout the Bay Area. 

Through their collective efforts----and those of many AAPI leaders and organizations---Asian American voter participation has surged. This is due to community outreach efforts that included a number of successful Chinese and Tagalog public service campaigns.

 

In 2002, the San Francisco Foundation honored David for his leadership in helping thousands of immigrants and new citizens gain their right to vote.

Non-Profit Leader

Public Servant

In 2005, Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed David to serve on the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission to help carry out his administration’s plans to revamp the aging park system. On the commission, David chaired the capital committee which managed millions of dollars in bonds to build and refurbish dozens of playgrounds, recreation facilities and parks. During his seven-year tenure (2005-2012) on that body, he oversaw projects such as Sharp Park, Sava Pool, Sunset Recreation Center, Richmond Playground, Moscone Recreation Center, Rossi Playground, Beach Chalet, Hamilton Recreation Center and many others.

David also chaired the San Francisco Joint Zoo Committee which helped to modernize the facility and keep the San Francisco Zoo open for future generations of visitors. 

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