Board & Staff
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Co-founder and CEO of XO Group Inc.
Theodore T. Wang
Co-Vice Chair & Assistant Treasurer
Stanley R. Chiu
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Partner, Deloitte LLC
Sandra K. Lee
CEO, Harold L. Lee & Sons, Inc. Insurance Services
Thomas C. Ahn
Vice President, Real Estate Division, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Mary HL Chen
JP Morgan Chase
Partner, Sino-Century China Private Equity, LLC
Managing Director, Chu Enterprises, LLC
Roy I. Delbyck
Principal, Law Offices of Roy Ian Delbyck
Kevin D. Eng
Managing Partner, Columbus Hill Capital Management, LP
Michelle Koo Hayashi
Gregory P. Ho
President, Spring Mountain Capital
Community Affairs and Strategic Partnership Consultant
Orien Capital Management
Dr. Jason Sun
Curator, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
President, Halanna Management Corporation and Founder and Principal, Galaxaco China Group LLC
Patricia P. Tang
E.V. Thaw and Co. Inc.
Beatrice Chen, Vice President for Programs and Museum Experience
Beatrice Chen is the Vice President for Programs and Museum Experience. She develops and implements public programs, oral history projects, and digital initiatives. Her interest in public history, arts, social justice, and storytelling led her to MOCA. She joined as the Curator of Education in 2003, then became the Director of Education/Director of Education & Programs from 2007-2012. Prior to rejoining MOCA in 2014, she produced digital educational resources at the New York Public Library, Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, and WNET. Born in Taiwan, Beatrice grew up in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the U.S. She received a B.A. in history and international studies from Yale University, an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University, and a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kevin Chu, Collections Manager
Kevin is the Collections Manager of the museum collections, library, and archives, which are located at 70 Mulberry Street. He is an avid comic book reader and first came to MOCA in 2012 because of MOCA’s exhibition on Asian Americans in U.S. comics, “Marvels & Monsters.” Kevin started off as an intern with MOCA’s Collections department, where he learned archiving and preservation techniques. He recently worked with the curatorial team to develop the special exhibition “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.” In his free time, Kevin moonlights as a fiction writer, who ironically has only ever had his non-fiction pieces published. He has a B.A. in Journalism and East Asian Studies from New York University.
Josh Davis, Director of Technology
Josh brings over 17 years of IT experience to MOCA, although this is his first time in the non-profit space. Most recently, he has run IT for Patriarch Partners, Massey Knakal Realty Services and Madison International Realty. He likes to consider himself a jack of all IT trades and master of a few. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and now lives on the Upper East Side with his wife and 4-year old twins.
Molly Gibson, Education Coordinator
Molly Gibson is Education Coordinator and is passionate in community history, teaching and anti-bias education. Prior to joining MOCA, she was on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Brazil and a high school social justice educator. Her previous experience also includes Harvard Law School Clinical and Pro Bono Programs and communications/fundraising at Education Through Music. She holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature with a Certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University.
Louis Jacobs, Director of Finance and Administration
Sophie Lo, Communications and Public Programs Coordinator
Sophie Lo is the Communications and Public Programs Coordinator, where she is responsible for the creation and marketing for education programs, public programs, and exhibits. She also serves as the key contact for all press and communication inquiries. Prior to joining MOCA, Sophie interned at the Museum at Eldridge Street, Bavaria Media Italia in Rome, Italy, and served as the Community Manager at Madesmith. In Spring 2014, she co-curated an exhibition for Asa Nisi Masa, an online contemporary art gallery in Rome, Italy, and co-curated a film program at UnionDocs in a collaboration program with The Flaherty Film Seminar and Anthology Film Archives. Sophie grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Eugene Lang, The New School for Liberal Arts with a B.A. in Culture, Media, and Screen Studies.
Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research
Yue Ma, Director for Collections and Research, has been with MOCA for nine years, and is in charge of the museum collections, library, and archives, which are located at 70 Mulberry Street. She oversees daily acquisition, preservation, digitization, research, and online projects. In addition, she assisted with the permanent exhibition “With a Single Step,” and recently co-curated the exhibition “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.” She enjoys being a liaison between the collection donors and the museum. Prior to MOCA, Ma interned at the City of Toronto Archives, and served as a Digital Project Manager and an Associate Research Archivist at the Shenzhen City Archives. Educated globally, she received a B.Sc. from Jilin University and a MBA from Xiamen University respectively, then received a MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from a joint program at Ryerson University and George Eastman House.
Nancy Yao Maasbach, President
As the President of MOCA, Nancy has the unique privilege of combining her experiences in managing organizations, professional interests in promoting arts and culture as a bridge between peoples, and research focus on examining the role of Chinese Americans in U.S.-China relations. On her journey, Nancy has lived in several Chinese communities, including Flushing, Chinatown NYC, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. Prior to MOCA, Nancy served in leadership roles at the Yale-China Association, Council on Foreign Relations, and the Center for Financial Research and Analysis. She also values her time at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Hong Kong and New York. Nancy received her MBA from Yale School of Management and her AB from Occidental College. Nancy is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Lauren Nechamkin, Assistant Director of Education
Lauren Nechamkin is currently MOCA's Assistant Director of Education. She started her museum career at the New York Hall of Science, as an Explainer in their Science Career Ladder program, which cemented her fondness for non-conventional education. She is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education, grades 7-12 and her initial certification for teaching social studies, with a 5th-6th grade extension. She student taught at CASTLE middle school on the Lower East Side and the High School of Arts & Technology. She is a Queens native, Jackson Heights born and bred, and harbors an immense pride for both the borough and the neighborhood.
Andrew Rebatta, Assistant Curator
Andrew has worked on exhibitions at community-based museums in New York, Chicago and Washington, DC. In 2011, he was Curator-in-Residence at the Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City, and has most recently organized exhibitions and performances for the New Forms Media Society in Vancouver, BC. Andrew is currently developing an exhibition of paper sculptures created by the Golden Venture refugees scheduled to open in Spring 2017.
Michael Robison, Museum Experience Manager
Michael started as an Educator at MOCA from 2011. He has led the Chinatown walking tours for over two years and is passionate about sharing stories about Chinese in America. Currently, he is the Museum Experience Manager at the Museum. He’s previously written for ChineseAmericanHeroes.org. Michael was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He majored in politics and East Asian studies at New York University.
Herb Hoi Chun Tam, Curator & Director of Exhibitions
Herb Tam is the Curator and Director of Exhibitions. He recently co-curated “Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving,” an exhibition that explored the construction of Chinese American identity through MOCA’s archival materials. In 2012, he curated “America through a Chinese Lens,” which surveyed photographs of America by contemporary artists and non-professional photographers of Chinese descent. Tam was previously the Associate Curator at Exit Art and the Acting Associate Curator at the Queens Museum of Art. Tam was born in Hong Kong and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied at San Jose State University and earned a masters in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Ya Yun Teng, Digital Collections Coordinator and Volunteer Internship Coordinator
Ya Yun is the Digital Collections Coordinator and Volunteer Internship Coordinator. She came to MOCA with a background in media and museum education. Born and raised in Taiwan, Ya Yun completed her undergraduate studies in Taiwan, with a focus on media production. After moving to New York City and receiving an M.A. in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University, Ya Yun is now a New Yorker. Her passion for collecting and retelling forgotten stories led her to MOCA. In the same spirit, she previously worked at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the American Museum of the Moving Image, Women Make Movies and WITNESS.
Sarah Tung, Membership and Marketing Manager
Sarah Tung is the Membership and Marketing Manager. A native New Yorker, Sarah earned her B.S. in Journalism at Boston University. It was at BU that her passion for the arts and Asian American issues was cemented. Sarah first came to MOCA as a Public Programs Intern, where she had hands-on experience with event logistics, marketing design and outreach. Prior to MOCA, she worked at The Public Theater, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and GCG, Inc. Sarah was a volunteer staff member of Kollaboration New York, a performing arts non-profit that provides emerging Asian American artists with a platform to hone their craft. She believes in the power of words to inspire positive social change and in art as a creative outlet. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting new coffee shops and attending open mics.
Gee-Wey Yue, Special Assistant to the President and Community Relations Coordinator
Gee-Wey Yue is the Special Assistant to the President and Community Relations Coordinator. Prior to joining MOCA, Gee-Wey served the 2 million registered voters of Harris County, Texas, as a Voter Outreach Coordinator. His responsibilities included ensuring voting access for the Chinese community under the federal Voting Rights Act. Gee-Wey previously volunteered with the OCA-Greater Houston chapter and coordinated their signature program, the Houston Asian American & Pacific Islander Film Festival. He majored in Finance at the University of Texas at Austin.