Museum of Chinese in America Commences National Search for an Executive Director

Jun 11, 2014 | The Museum of Chinese in America

[New York, NY] June 11, 2014 - The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announced the selection of DHR International as the Executive Search Firm to assist with the search of the next Executive Director and appointment of Ms. Janice Won as Interim Executive Director.

The Search Committee for MOCA's Board of Trustees will be leading the Executive Director search and has engaged the executive search firm, DHR International to assist. DHR International is one of the five largest executive search firms with over 40 wholly owned offices around the world. Ms. Won will serve as Interim Executive Director to lead MOCA's team, while ensuring the Museum continues on course with its strategic direction and mission.

"We are delighted that Ms. Won has joined our team as her expertise in organizational leadership will help drive MOCA's ongoing success and accomplishments. The Museum's focus remains steadfast and relevant - to tell the untold stories of the making in America. The Board will be focused on identifying the next visionary leader who will continue to build MOCA's national and international reputation and guide the Museum to the next stage of its growth." said Patricia P. Tang, Chair of MOCA's Board.

Recognized for infusing leadership capacity in organizations, Ms. Won co-leads the nonprofit Executive Director Leadership Program for Leadership for Asian Pacifics, Inc. Amidst other roles, Ms. Won previously served as Interim Director and transition consultant for the Asian American Arts Alliance where she launched an innovative interactive website for artists and retained key talent, in addition to supporting the Board's search for a new director. She previously served on the board of the New York Chinese Cultural Center. An executive coach and organizational consultant experienced in the non-profit, public and corporate sectors, Ms. Won was formerly a Senior Vice President in human resources with JPMorgan Chase where she led merger integrations and transitions. Ms. Won graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in psychology. She is a bilingual, Chinese-American from NYC's Chinatown.

MOCA is uniquely positioned within the Chinese American community as it celebrates its 34th year of work in the community and its 5th year anniversary at 215 Centre Street this year. The Museum's exhibitions, programs, and audiences continue to address the diverse issues within the communities of the Chinese American population, helping to shape its collective voice and identity within the larger American discourse.

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

MOCA's mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America's evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.

MOCA is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. It began in 1980 as the community-based New York Chinatown History Project founded by community and student activists led by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charles Lai. It has since grown to encompass the stories and journeys of the many communities of Chinese America, both in the New York Metro area and across the U.S., including new immigrants and established multi-generation families.

Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into its new space, designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of Soho and Chinatown, its exhibitions, programs and audiences have grown in size and scope. This was made possible by a unique public/private partnership between collaborative government efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 and MOCA's growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees. Currently, MOCA's family consists of its many visitors, members, scholars, artists, activists, and families with young children as well as a growing base of young professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs.