Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation Key Staff
John W. Chin – Executive Director
John William Chin is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering affordable housing, affordable parking, commercial development, referral services, translation services, and notices of educational, employment, and financial assistance opportunities. PCDC is believed to be the oldest Asian community development corporation in the country. Prior to PCDC, he was an international equities trader and the director of trading operations for RRAM. Mr. Chin is a graduate of Drexel University, where he received a degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. He is a native of Chinatown, Philadelphia and attended Holy Redeemer School and Friend Select School. He has been a longtime volunteer with the Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church and School. He serves on the Board of several nonprofit organizations including the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, 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.
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. Rachel provides HUD compliance oversight for PCDC’s housing counseling program, the Chinatown Homeownership Initiative, and administers and supports the PCDC’s Youth Programs sponsored by the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Rachel joined PCDC in 2005 as a volunteer, and later became full time staff in 2009. She was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States 1973 and has lived in the Philadelphia area since then. Prior to joining PCDC, Rachel was an internal auditor for a financial corporation and for more than 10 years owned and ran a small business. Rachel holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Drexel University and was recently certified as a Housing Program Manager by the NeighborWorks Training Institute.
Wendy Lee – Housing Counselor
Wendy Lee, PCDC’s Housing Counselor, 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 chief operator of PCDC’s Chinatown Homeownership Initiative, a PCDC program that assists first-time homebuyers in reaching their dreams of owning their own homes. Wendy provides direct housing counseling services to constituents, presents financial literacy and homeownership workshops, and often assists them in accessing other social service providers in the community.
Xin Ge - Special Project Manager
Xin Ge works closely with the Executive Director with the implementation of PCDC’s myriad neighborhood planning projects. Currently, he is coordinating with various stakeholders on public projects such as the 10th Street Commercial Corridor Project, 10th Street Plaza Project, and Friendship Lighting Project. Previously, he worked on commercial corridor studies and multiple development projects during internships with the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (WCNP) and PCDC. Xin has a Masters Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and served as President of the Chinese Student and Scholar Association at Penn in the year of 2008.
Sarah Yeung – Special Project and Development Associate
Sarah splits her time between assisting the Special Projects Manager with neighborhood projects and development work for PCDC. On the project side, she provides research and planning support. On the development side, she keeps track of funders and builds upon PCDC’s existing funding base for program and project development. Previously, she worked on several research and development projects with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Urban Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and PCDC. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and English.
Diana Lu – Main Street Manager
Diana serves as the PCDC resource for businesses in the Chinatown community. Through the Main Street Four Point Approach, Diana is responsible for the design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring of Chinatown.
Diana comes from Monterey Park, California, and has been surviving East Coast weather since 2005. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and French from Vassar College and her Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Most recently, Diana has worked on community and downtown development, artisanal manufacturing, and sustainable business practices with the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Center City District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.