Cecilia Chan has over 30 years of experience in business development and direct investments. Her goal in life is to create and support positive impact globally. She is committed to the Jewish saying, “Tikkun Olam,” which translates to “healing the world” in Hebrew.
Ms. Chan has invested in a wide range of industries including e-commerce, education, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment. She has also invested in international security companies specializing in facial recognition and high-speed video scanning applications. Currently, she is driving growth for Attract China, which markets global brands and destinations to Chinese consumers. Ms. Chan is also an investor in Maxwell’s, an iconic restaurant and performance venue home to generations of talented artists. Founded nearly 40 years ago, Maxwell’s has a rich history in the US, and Ms. Chan is currently developing Maxwell’s into a global brand.
Ms. Chan grew up Catholic and is inspired by the kindness and benevolence practiced by people of all faiths. She advocates for a large part of Chinese culture, 世界大同, which means, “One World.” She firmly believes in the transformative power of education to cultivate greatness across humanity and make the world a better place.
Ms. Chan is committed to philanthropic efforts that support education and sustainable positive changes. She was a leading member of the Capital Campaign Committee for the Boston Latin School, a public school founded in 1635. She is a Trustee of Facing History and Ourselves and has supported FH for over 17 years. She is on the Dean’s Council of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, she supports the USC Shoah Foundation, which was founded by Steven Spielberg 20 years ago. The Siezen Foundation, a charity approved by the U.S. Department of Education and founded by Ms. Chan, spearheaded and funded the Nanjing Project-Phase I with the Shoah Foundation. Nanjing Massacre survivors’ testimonies were recorded and made available globally. A documentary film about Nanjing is being co-produced by Ms. Chan and the Shoah Foundation. Other supported entities include New York University, Stanford University, and the Royal Academy of Arts in England. Ms Chan graduated from NYU in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business.