Officers & Board of Directors

The Chinese American Heritage Foundation is proud to be helmed by an exceptional Board of Directors and Corporate Officers. 

CORPORATE OFFICERS

Chair of the Board & President: Esther Zee Lee

 
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Esther Zee Lee,  daughter to Shanghainese parents, was born in Hong Kong. She attended the Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, then matriculated from the Dana Hall Preparatory School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Esther went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and then graduated with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Boston University.  She was employed at V Tech Communication for 4 years and served as a volunteer in the children's ministry at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, where she headed up the church's Children Sunday School Classes.

Married to Wilson Lee, the Lees have 3 boys: Kirklin (27 Boston) Macklin (26, San Diego), and Collin (25, Boston). 

The Lees took an early retirement and devote their time, energy, and resources to celebrate the Chinese American experience and share their stories with the world. The Lees also want to encourage more young people to be more actively involved in civic engagement and political empowerment.  Five years ago, the Lees founded and funded the World Lee Youth Leadership Summit to bring younger members to traditional Family Associations and older Civic Organizations in Chinatowns across the U.S.

Together, Esther and Wilson are putting in place the necessary infrastructure to train and support future generations of America leaders.

In addition to co-founding the Chinese American Heritage Foundation, she is also Co-Founder and Charter President of the "Re-Chartered" Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Boston Lodge.

 

Vice President: Ai Cheng Goh

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Ai Cheng Goh was born in Singapore. She came to the United States and worked her way through college, graduating with high honors from Illinois Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Design.

From 1992-2016, she was National Director of Fuller Brush Company, founded in Somerville, MA in 1906.

Since 1994, She has been on the Executive Leadership Council of Melaleuca, Inc., a consumer direct marketing company with over one billion dollars in sales.

A nationally Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) since 2003, Goh opened her own fitness studio, e-Fit Mind Your Body, in 2005 and is a volunteer educator in women's fitness.

She is the owner and principal of Z Realty, located in Boston Chinatown, which she founded in 2003.

She served as Vice President of the "Re-Chartered" Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Boston Lodge in 2017 and is an advocate and supporter for the Chinese American WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act, introduced in Congress as H.R. 2358 and S. 1050. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Chinese American Heritage Foundation.

Ai Cheng is a proud mother of 2 children and 4 grandchildren.

Treasurer: Colette Yeung

Secretary: Reagan Wei Quan

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Ai Cheng Goh 

  • Colette Yeung

  • Reagan Wei Quan

  • Edmond J. Gor

BOARD OF DIRECTOR:  Edmond J. Gor

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Ed Gor is Immediate Past National President of Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), established in 1895, and is the oldest Asian American civil rights organization in the United States addressing issues regarding voter education and participation, racial profiling and discrimination, youth leadership training and equal employment opportunities for all Chinese Americans. He has integrated a career as a Project and Program Manager on successful chemical and refinery engineering projects with Jacobs Engineering Group with an increasing depth and breadth of experience derived from volunteering at critical needs non-profit organizations. He has had oversight responsibilities in evaluating financial management reports of non-profit agencies, evaluated and awarded services contracts for public and private sector funds, and performed audit and monitoring duties on successful proposers.

His community involvement spans across many areas of interest and various board leadership roles with the Houston International Festival, the Texas Gulf Coast Workforce Commission (Workforce Solutions), Sheltering Arms Senior Services and several Asian American organizations in Houston that have awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships. Honored in 2014 for being one of the founders in 1989 of the Youth Leadership Conference at Rice University, he has annually coordinated youth attendees from C.A.C.A. chapters for the Youth Leadership Conference and procured a successful grant from the City of Houston for Houston’s first Asian seniors congregate meal program.

A native Houstonian, he is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His personal story as a first generation Chinese American of immigrant parents mirrors that of many of the members of the C.A.C.A. He is married to Dr. Beverly Quan Gor, who works with the City of Houston’s Health & Human Services and they have a beautiful daughter, Rachel, son-in-law, Ben, and the two absolutely cutest grandchildren, Haley and Austin.

 

SENIOR ADVISOR:  David Lei

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David is an accomplished entrepreneur with a deep-seated commitment to community development. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, he started his own consumer goods exporting company in 1981 – but not before spending time in the social sector, working with at-risk Asian and African-American youth through Chinatown’s YMCA and Richmond’s Model Cities program.

Giving back to the community and learning how to create new economic opportunities were both foundational aspects of David’s upbringing. In college, David served on his first board as a member of Chinatown North Beach Family Planning. Since then, he has been on the leadership team of multiple organizations, including the Chinese Performing Arts Foundation (which he co-founded); the Chinatown Community Development Center (then known as the Chinatown Resource Center); the Center for Asian American Media; the San Francisco Lunar New Year & Parade Festival Committee; the City of San Francisco’s Asian Arts Commission; the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts; World Arts West’s San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival; the Asian Chefs Association; and UC Berkeley’s Berkeley China Initiative.

David is an active force in the community, working to introduce sustainable funding models to community-based organizations.

SENIOR ADVISOR: Major General Robert G. Lee

LEGAL ADVISOR: Jessica Lynn Born