Press Release (06/30/11): Museum of Chinese in America’s Director S. Alice Mong Stepping Down; Transition Plan Underway

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[New York, NY] June 30, 2011 – Today the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announced the resignation of Director S. Alice Mong. As part of the transition plan currently underway, Mei-Mei Tuan, Co-Chair of MOCA’s Board of Trustees, will act as Interim Director. In addition to her affiliation with the Museum, Ms. Tuan is the founder and managing partner of Notch Partners LLC, a provider of leadership capital and executive-led buyout strategies for private equity firms. Earlier in her career, she served as CFO/COO of the Sierra Club Foundation and the San Francisco Food Bank.


In recent weeks, Ms. Mong informed the Board of her decision to step down as Director of the Museum. Over the last two years of her tenure, she has led the organization and overseen the opening of the Museum’s new building and re-launched its exhibitions, educational services, and public programs. “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve as MOCA’s Director and to work alongside such a talented, passionate, and dedicated Board and staff,” said Ms. Mong. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at MOCA and the Museum will always hold a special place in my heart.”


“MOCA’s Board and staff will miss Alice,” said Maya Lin, Co-Chair of the Board. “We wish her success in her future endeavors and thank her for her dedication to MOCA during the past two exciting years. The experience and expertise she has brought from her work both in Asia and New York has been valuable.”


Over the past few years, MOCA has successfully transformed itself from a community-based organization to a nationally recognized educational and cultural institution addressing the diverse communities of the Chinese American population and connecting them with the broader New York and American public. Ms. Tuan will work with the Board to continue to implement MOCA’s strategic plans and to help launch the search for a new director.



About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City at 215 Centre Street, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980, has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across the country. The Museum’s original location at 70 Mulberry Street, currently the Collections and Research Center, is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. For more information, visit

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