WHAT WE DO
The Serica Initiative is a New York-based nonprofit organization that galvanizes a global community of changemakers to advocate for greater Asian American inclusion and advance positive social impact in U.S.-China relations, through dialogue, storytelling, and our convening power. Serica is classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and was formerly the sister nonprofit of The China Project, a New York-based, China-focused news, information, and business services platform.
U.S.-China relations stand at a vital juncture. This relationship is more challenging than most of us can remember in our lifetimes. Yet, opportunities for China and America to collaborate on some of the world’s most pressing issues — climate change, healthcare, pandemics, education, among others —continue to abound. Such efforts are also more necessary than ever. The world’s two most powerful countries must work together in these areas for action-focused, meaningful, and sustainable solutions going forward. We must think boldly about what the U.S.-China relationship can — and should — be.
WHO WE ARE
Anla’s career includes work as Asia Head, SVP at Robert Fleming, Goldman Sachs, Citi, and an Asian Portfolio Manager for both Institutional and Private Wealth Group. Ms. Cheng received her MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. She is a Trustee of the following Boards: Vice-Chair of China/US at TNC (The Nature Conservancy); Facing History and Ourselves(past Chair of China Project); Vice-Chair at China Institute; and past Trustee and current member of Committee 100.
Daniel is a multiracial writer, multimedia producer, and nonprofit director. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Daniel has spent over five years living and working in Greater China and is an outspoken advocate for Asian American issues and increased global understanding through education, cultural exchange, storytelling, and effective philanthropy. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Michelle previously worked in several finance and tech in roles driving growth, events, and people connection. She recently managed the NEXTChina Conference at The China Project. Michelle lived in China for nearly 5 years, passionately developing her Mandarin Chinese language skills and community building skills throughout the country. She graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in International Business with concentrations in Chinese & Psychology after studying abroad in Beijing with CET for nearly a year.
BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISORS
Sinica Podcast Founder
President of Queens College