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 Friends 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, Positive Youth Development Programs, 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.
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.
Meimei Liu – Program Associate
In September 2019, Meimei joined the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Coporation as Program Associate. Speaking Mandarin and Cantonese, she provides services to Limited English Proficiency clients, collects client’s information, and answers preliminary questions related to PCDC’s Housing Program. She also assists with accouting and office administration work. Meimei graduated from Accounting major in China and is interested in continuing her studies and practice in the United States.
Yue Wu – Community Planner & Project Associate
In August 2018, Yue Wu joined PCDC to spearhead the implementation of key community development strategies outlined in the 2017 Chinatown Neighborhood Plan. Thus far, Yue has worked on a wide range of projects, including public space activation, community engagement, and equitable development advocacy. In partnership with Asian Arts Initiative and the Friends of Rail Park, Yue launched the Parks for Chinatown Initiative to engage the Chinatown community to activate their neighborhood public spaces. She is also an advocate for cultural heritage preservation. Yue holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation (Preservation Planning) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rosaline Yang – Youth Program Manager & Administrative Assistant
Rosaline Yang is responsible for PCDC’s Teen Club youth program, which provides high school students with free bilingual SAT and college application workshops, as well as a Sports Night. She also helps with the day-to-day office management and assists with general print and digital media design and outreach. She graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Tourism & Hospitality Management, and a concentration in Event Leadership and a minor in Public Health. She enjoys discovering new places to eat in her free time and exploring all that Philadelphia has to offer.
Kevin Yoo – Youth Program Director
Kevin Yoo manages the youth program, working closely with Rosaline to contribute to positive impact for the youth in the community. Prior to joining the PCDC family, Kevin worked as a proud AmeriCorps Member at City Year Philadelphia, serving on the Long Walk Team for two years at Olney’s Thurgood Marshall Elementary School. He graduated from Dickinson College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies, focused on Japanese contemporary society. In his free time, Kevin enjoys learning languages and listening to podcasts.
Lamei Zhang – Projects Manager (Communications, Marketing and Real Estate)
Lamei Zhang coordinates civic engagement events, including the 2016 Get Out The Vote campaign, and general event planning. Additionally, she does graphic design for project outreach. She has a BA in Growth and Structure of Cities with a minor in Chinese Language from Bryn Mawr College. In her free time, she enjoys playing badminton and drawing.