Conversations with Leaders

Thu, October 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
New York

The AAPIP-NY CHAPTER cordially invites you to
Conversations with Leaders

Don Chen
President, Surdna Foundation

interviewed by

Pat Eng
President & CEO, AAPIP
Thursday, October 24, 11AM - 1PM
11AM  Program
12:30PM Lunch and Networking
Robin Hood Foundation
826 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Please join us for a luncheon with Don Chen as part of our signature program, Conversations with Leaders series. Learn about his path to philanthropy, hear his advice and insight on moving up in the philanthropic sector and reflections on philanthropy and the AAPI community.

Don ChenDon Chen is the President of the Surdna Foundation where he leads the 100-year old foundation's efforts to strengthen and further leverage its commitment to social justice.

Prior to his appointment, Don was the Director of the Cities & States program at the Ford Foundation, where his work supported urban development initiatives to make housing more affordable, promote more equitable land use practices, and empower communities to have a powerful decision-making voice in American cities and in developing countries. He also led a multi-program team to support the strengthening of social justice organizations and networks in targeted U.S. states.

Previously, Don was the Founder and CEO of Smart Growth America, where he led efforts to create the National Vacant Properties Campaign (which later became the Center for Community Progress) and Transportation for America, and managed a merger with the Growth Management Leadership Alliance. He has authored many pieces on land use, transportation, social equity, and environmental policy.

Don has also served on the boards of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, West Harlem Environmental Action, the Environmental Leadership Program, and Grist magazine. He holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University.

Patricia Eng (Mopderator) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). She comes to AAPIP after serving as Chief Service Officer at the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York where she worked to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs.  Pat has served in various positions within the philanthropic and non-profit communities. She founded the New York Asian Women’s Center, the first organization on the East Coast working with battered immigrant Asian women.

At the Ms. Foundation for Women, Pat innovated grantmaking strategy in several areas including early support for men’s efforts to address masculinity and violence and supporting the emerging movement to prevent child sexual abuse. At the New York Women’s Foundation, she launched and managed the NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, the first collaborative fund in the country focused on young women and gender non-binary youth of color.

A graduate of Hunter College School of Social Work and Princeton University, Pat studied community organizing and politics.  She lives on the East Coast where she participates in several social justice giving circles.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.  

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Special thanks to the Robin Hood Foundation.
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