Board of Directors

Steve Hwang, Executive Director, Board of Directors

Steve is one of the founders of ABC. He is in charge of overseeing daily operations and setting organizational and program strategy. Previously Steve worked for the investment bank Goldman Sachs for more than seven years in New York, in commercial real estate and as a trader for a proprietary desk. Steve received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Northwestern University. From Chicago, he currently lives in Beijing. 

Judy Shen, Director, Board of Directors

Judy is the Director of our Talent programs which she began in 2006 under the name CAI, from the Chinese character 才 which means “talent.” Moved by the plight of migrant children in China, Judy set up CAI in Beijing while doing her Fulbright Scholarship. She now advises on our migrant children program, is involved in setting up new programs and maintains strategic relations with sponsors and donors. Judy used to be a corporate attorney and has an Associate Bachelors from University of Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in California. 

Stephen Chiu, Director, Board of Directors

Stephen leads strategic planning and identifies partnership opportunities for ABC. Stephen Chiu has twelve years of experience in corporate strategy, financial operations, and management consulting in healthcare, government, financial services, and international development. Currently, as the Senior Strategic Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships at World Vision, Stephen builds partnerships between corporations, governments, and civil society. Previously, as Senior Finance Officer, he oversaw financial management of $120M in annual funding from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies for 175 projects across 36 countries. Prior to World Vision, Stephen worked in corporate strategy at Fannie Mae and management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Perot Systems. Stephen received an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and an A.B. from Harvard College.

Scott Friedman, Director, Board of Directors
Scott shares a deep fundamental belief that all children deserve a fair shot at life, and is committed to making the belief come true for millions of children around the globe. Scott Friedman is a Co-Founding Partner at Soroban Capital Partners, multi-billion dollar global investment firm, and is Head of Trading and Risk Management.  Before Soroban Capital Partners launched, Scott was the Head Trader at TPG-Axon Capital. He joined TPG-Axon in 2006, and traded across asset classes and all parts of the capital structure globally; including equities, fixed income, commodities, foreign exchange, derivatives, swaps and environmental credits. Prior to joining TPG-Axon, Scott was a Multi-Product Trader in the Goldman Sachs Risk Arbitrage & Principal Strategies Group. Scott started his career in 2001 at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an Analyst in Trading. He graduated with honors from the University of Florida with a BS in both International Economics and Finance.  Scott is a CFA charter holder, a FRM (Financial Risk Manager) charter holder, a NYSSA (New York Society of Security Analysts) member and a GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) member.

Board of Advisors

Melody Zhang, Board of Advisors
Melody Zhang is a co-founder of Children's Hope International (CHI), an international adoption agency. She is also a founder of the Child Welfare League of China (CWLC). Over the past 18 years, Melody has dedicated herself to improving the lives of orphans and the living conditions of poor children's families. Under her leadership, and with the help of her caring staff, the organizations that she has worked for have successfully placed more than 5,000 orphans into families and helped to positively impact the families of over 30,000 Chinese orphans and other underprivileged children. Melody received her masters degree from Washington University. She is a mother of 3 adopted girls. She currently lives in Beijing.

Chris Lee, Board of Advisors
Chris Lee has assisted the original directors of ABC since the founding of the organization. Chris, along with his wife, Aimee, are both passionate about helping underprivileged and needy children in developing countries.  He has visited orphanages in Mozambique, Zambia, South Africa, Cambodia and China. Chris is currently working as a corporate lawyer in Hong Kong and previously worked in New York.  He received his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Young Lee, Chief Financial Officer, Board of Advisors
Young Lee is a co-founder of ABC. Young is passionate about helping the underprivileged and needy, particularly when it comes to children. He has visited and assisted orphanages and worked in other social work capacities in Japan, China and the US. Currently, Young is an investment associate at Abbott Capital where he reviews private equity partnerships. Prior to joining Abbott, he worked as an associate at The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Menlo Park, CA, sourcing and leading due diligence on prospective private equity and hedge fund investments. He also worked as a product manager in the Online Business Services Division at Silicon Valley Bank and co-founded a small online company that matched university-based start ups with angel investors. Young received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Stanford University, and his MBA from Columbia University. He is also a CFA charter holder. Young grew up in Southern California and now resides in New York with his wife Cindy.

David Weemhoff, Board of Advisors
David Weemhoff provides training and support for ABC Education Programs. David served as a principal (administrator) of schools in New Jersey, Arizona, and Michigan for 22 years. For the last fifteen years, he has trained hundreds of educators in the teaching of English speaking, reading, and writing emphasizing research-based content and methodology. David earned his AB Degree at Calvin College and his MA at Michigan State University. David resides with his wife in Michigan.