Cindy Chin – CEO & Founder
Ms. Chin is an entrepreneur, venture strategist and a cultural ambassador of the arts. As an advisor, she serves on advisory boards for several startup projects currently in stealth and alpha modes. She is a member of NASA’s 2016 Datanauts class, one of NASA’s Women in Data open innovation program initiatives operating within the Office of the Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
She is a former consultant for several leading international management consulting firms including McKinsey & Company, Coopers & Lybrand, LLC (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), and publicly-traded asset management firm Strategic Hotels & Resorts (BEE:US). She has over 20 years of work experience specializing in corporate strategy with senior executives of Fortune 500 companies to the prestigious ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation in the Presidio of San Francisco. She has consulted for companies in a variety of industries ranging from Charles Schwab (finance/marketing), Ortho Diagnostics and Cordis, subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson (healthcare/pharmaceuticals), Gilt Groupe (retail fashion/e-commerce) to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is a sought-after speaker and active participant at many global conferences and summits, and she is engaged in building global entrepreneurship ecosystems. Her passion is building business from the ground upward, outreach and innovation.
In June 2016, she was a delegate to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. She was also a delegate in the Women’s Pillar of the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange running concurrently with the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Undersecretary of State Richard Stengel in Beijing, China. During the CPE 2016 meetings, she presented on on women’s entrepreneurship.
She was part of the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES2014 in Marrakech, Morocco with the United States government led by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. She joined the social media team for TEDxCERN conference in September 2014. She has received the distinct honors to attend the U.S. Department of State’s Our Ocean Conference 2014 in Washington D.C. in June 2014 with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, visits to CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and its Large Hadron Collider (LHC), European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Research Institute (ESRIN) to meet Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and the Vatican Observatory at the Papal summer palace. She has also repeatedly been invited to attend NASA Socials, the first at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to learn about the NASA/JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Agency) Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) missions, the development of the James Webb and Discovery Telescopes, NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory missions, NASA’s Robotics and Astrobiology Laboratories. Prior to NASA Goddard, she was invited to NASA Dryden in Edwards Air Force Base and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center as part of NASA Social to work with the award-winning NASA and NASA/JPL Mars Curiosity Social Media teams during Space Shuttle Endeavour’s last flight and the roll over of Space Shuttle Atlantis to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex signaling the end to NASA’s 35-year Space Shuttle Program. You can find more information on her appearances on our Events page here.
Other projects include Producer of the full-feature length independent film The Adventures of Paul and Marian, leading the funding and digital marketing strategy team for the PS 199 Science Center, a Greenhouse Project partner, a feature in The London Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-13 New Season Film campaign, and Strategic Alliances, Social Media & Outreach for The Washed Ashore Project Global Launch Team & Tour. The Tour launched at The 2011 America’s Cup World Series in San Diego, CA. She was also an acting Ambassador for the NGO Global Fund for Widows, a non-profit organization that provides microfinance funding for widows in Egypt, The Dominican Republic, India, West Africa, and Bolivia.
Ms. Chin is passionate about social impact, public-private sector partnerships, & giving back to global communities. She achieves this by defining strategies for capacity-building, incubation of ideas, outreach, & innovation phases of business ventures while investigating alternative revenue and asset generation with a goal of self-sustainment. Gender equality & diversity are also significant factors for consideration.
Ms. Chin has served on several on non-profit boards, committees and taskforces for a number of philanthropic institutions in New York City and San Francisco. She served on the Special Events Committee (by invitation only) of The New York Philharmonic, the Development Committee Chair and Annual Fund Co-Chair and member of the Strategic Planning Committee of The Diller-Quaile School of Music Board of Directors. Other organizations include Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan Opera & New York City Opera, and the board of directors of The Junior League of San Francisco, Gala Committees of The San Francisco Ballet and The San Francisco Symphony. She was the recipient of the Associations of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Membership Development Award in 2005 and a Grand Prize Winner of NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission “Signs of Spring” Photo Contest in 2015.