Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation Key Staff
John W. Chin – Executive Director
John William Chin is the Executive Director of PCDC, where he oversees all projects and programs. He is a native of Chinatown, Philadelphia and attended Holy Redeemer School and Friend Select School. He serves on the Board of several nonprofit organizations including the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, Friends Select School, and PHL Diversity. He is a board member of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity and is a member of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). He is committed to the preservation and growth of Chinatown for new immigrants, as it was a gateway to success for his family. In his spare time, he enjoys crime procedurals, basketball and cooking for his family.
Rachel Mak – Deputy Director
Rachel is responsible for PCDC’s business operations, including staffing, resource allocation, financial and facilities management and program quality assurance. She oversees PCDC’s day-to-day operations and monitors operating procedures of various programs and projects, including the Chinatown Homeownership Initiative, Teen Club, Family Services, and Commercial Corridor activities. Rachel holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Drexel University and is certified as a Housing Counselor and Housing Program Manager by the NeighborWorks Training Institute. On the weekends, she enjoys quilting, gardening, and crocheting under her magnolia tree.
Wendy Lee – Housing Counselor
Wendy Lee has been with PCDC since 1990, with experience as the staff’s Community Liaison, Office Manager and Administrative Assistant. Wendy is a Certified Homeownership Counselor, fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, and is the main staff member of PCDC’s Chinatown Homeownership Initiative. Wendy provides one-on-one and group bilingual housing counseling services, helping to educate clients and navigate them through the homeownership and/or rental process, from pre-purchase to post-purchase. She can often be found in the sales racks of the Macy’s clothing section.
Sarah Yeung – Director of Planning Serior Project Manager
Sarah Yeung manages all day-to-day operations of PCDC’s Neighborhood Planning & Advocacy activities and its affordable housing and mixed-use developments. She works with PCDC’s Planning Committee to engage the community in matters of zoning and development. As a project manager, she shepherds all of PCDC’s real estate projects from predevelopment to construction closeout. Sarah is working on a certification in Construction and Rehab Management. She has an MCRP in Community Development and Real Estate from the Bloustein School of Planning & Policy at Rutgers University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys a good book and a cup of coffee.
Ping-Ho Lee – Programs Manager
Ping Lee manages all the day-to-day operations of PCDC’s programs, including the Chinatown Homeownership Initiative, Teen Club, Family Services, and Commercial Corridor activities. She also provides one-on-one public assistance services, helping clients secure basic needs and get on the path to financial self-sufficiency. She has earned certificates in Housing Counseling and Pre-Purchase Counseling. She has a BA in Computer Science from Drexel University. Outside of the office, she is a dedicated high school volleyball coach and a collegiate referee in the Philadelphia area.
Betsy Lee – Special Projects Manger
Last year coming back to my hometown Philadelphia Chinatown for the holidays was a turning point in my life. After years in the corporate sector as a Television executive in various countries and cities, I knew the time was right to reconnect, give back to my community and change the course of my life.
My years at Disney and MTV Networks as a producer included project management, budgeting and team building that I was hopeful would now lend itself to a greater mission within the non-profit sector. I reached out to John Chin, Executive Director, and we connected to figure out the best way that I could make an impact. My career turning point began July 6, 2015 overseeing Yè Shì- a Night Market in Chinatown coming in October 8, 2015 and I will also be taking on the Youth Programs. Heading such meaningful community projects with such ongoing value to our community is why I transitioned back home.