Charles Lai, Executive Director
Charlie Lai has been the Executive Director of Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) since 2014. He is a co-founder and former Executive Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). He has successfully created critical partnerships between public and private institutions, community and individual investors in a $15 million capital campaign to transform a small respectable museum into a regionally and nationally recognized Chinese American cultural anchor. He led and implemented the Asian American Federation’s $5 million 9/11 Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative, a citywide recovery and planning effort to address the impacts of the September 11th tragedy on New York’s Asian American communities. Charlie was also the Executive Director of a premier job training and placement organization, the Chinatown Manpower Project. He led its effort to train and place over 3,200 limited English proficient individuals’ into productive and well-paying jobs in the mainstream business community. As the Manhattan Borough President’s former Director of Policy and Budget, Charlie has a broad and comprehensive understanding of governmental practices, processes and institutions. He has consistently used this knowledge base to help communities and organizations in their efforts to navigate and influence governmental policy directions and budget priorities. Charlie has a B.A. from Princeton University and an MPA from Columbia University.
Beatrice Chen, Deputy Executive Director
Beatrice Chen joined Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) as the Deputy Executive Director in May 2018. Her interest in public history, the arts, education, and community development led her to the non-profit and arts & culture field. Most recently, she was the Vice President for Programs and Museum Experience at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). She first joined MOCA as the Curator of Education in 2003, then became the Director of Education/Director of Education & Programs, 2007-12. She has also been the Manager of Teaching & Learning at the New York Public Library, Content Producer for classroom resources at WNET/Thirteen, and a consultant at Mozilla Foundation Hive NYC Youth Digital Media Learning Network. Beatrice grew up in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the U.S. and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She received a B.A. in history and international studies from Yale University, an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University and a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stanley Chow, Manager, Finance and Administration
George Leung, Director of Youth Services
George Leung is the Director of Youth Services of Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS). As a child, George attended ISS afterschool programs; this nurturing environment fostered his love for the community. As a teen, George returned to ISS to serve as an afterschool programs Tutor. His involvement with educating students led him to obtain a B.A. in Human Services at St. John’s University. His goal is to establish recreational programs for youths at risk and to contribute back to the community. George has over a decade of experience working with adolescents in various capacities, along with partnerships with other programs in the community.
Pam Ng, Director of Preventive Services
Pam Ng has been the Director of Preventive Services since 2014. Pam joined Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) as a Counselor in 2002, providing counseling services for students and assisting families with community resources. In her current role, she ensures the implementation of evidence-based programs and strategies at our afterschool and summer programs. She enjoys every opportunity there is to work with children, youth, and families to reduce and delay the prevalence of substance abuse and gambling. Originally from Hong Kong, China, Pam is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin and received a B.A. in Sociology from Queens College.
Christine Liu, Site Director, P.S. 2
A meaningful career begins with desire for learning and commitment to excellence. Christine Liu is the Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) Site Director at P.S. 2, where she oversees our afterschool and summer programs. Christine is an alumna of both P.S. 2 and ISS afterschool program. The many wonderful memories gained from this childhood experience prompted her decision to seek a position as an afterschool programs Tutor at ISS during college. Throughout her tenure at ISS, she has developed a rapport with countless numbers of students and parents. As Site Director, Christine is dedicated to providing educational and enriching activities to students in the community that further enhance the whole child development. With her specialty in the public education system and experience working with General Education students, ELLS/ENLS and Special Needs students, Christine also advises and supports our Youth Services staff to create unique and engaging activities to provide hands-on learning experiences for all students in the program. Christine holds a B.A. in English and a MsED in General and Special Education with a focus on Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders from Hunter College.
Anna Feng, Site Director, P.S. 42
Anna Feng is the Immigrant Social Services, Inc. (ISS) Site Director at P.S. 42 where she oversees our afterschool and summer programs. Anna’s aspiration in life is to be a teacher that makes a difference. She has been dedicated to serving students of ISS since 2011, first as a Tutor, then as a STEM Specialist, a Cooking Specialist before stepping into her current position. She uses her extensive knowledge and experiences from public education to aid students of ISS. She holds a B.A. in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College and is currently pursuing a dual Master’s in Childhood and Special Education.
Alice Feng, Site Director/SONYC, P.S. 126
Lily Deng, Counselor, Preventive Services
Lily Deng is a Preventive Services Counselor at ISS. While she joined the Preventive Services team in summer 2018, her history with ISS is extensive, starting from a high school volunteer at our summer program, then as an afterschool programs Tutor during college, and most recently, an Assistant Site Director at our afterschool program at P.S. 42. With her varying experiences within the organization, she is better equipped to lead and collaborate with families, staff, and the community. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Asian American Studies from Hunter College.
Alyssa Dinka, SONYC Assistant Site Director, P.S. 126
Gigi Deng, Assistant Site Director, P.S. 2
Jane Huang, Assistant Site Director, P.S. 42
Johnathan Wu, Site Supervisor, P.S. 130