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2016 Legacy Award Honoree: Deborah F. Ching


Deborah F. Ching has long been involved with community and civic affairs in the Chinese and Asian American communities.  She was affiliated with Chinatown Service Center from 1980-2000, serving as its Executive Director from 1989-2000. In 2000, Ms. Ching was appointed President and CEO of the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation, a foundation whose mission focused on increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls. For the past 16 years, Ms. Ching has provided organizational development, management and executive consulting services to not-for-profit organizations. She has also served as Interim Executive Director for nonprofit organizations in leadership transition, including Liberty Hill Foundation and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking. She is a founding member of several nonprofit organizations with missions focused on health, technology and race relations. Since 2001, she has taught graduate courses in nonprofit management as an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge.

Ms. Ching has served on numerous nonprofit Boards and civic commissions and committees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cathay Bank Foundation, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, and the Center for Courage and Renewal.

Ms. Ching holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master in Public Administration degree from USC.

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