Board of Directors


Eddy Zheng

President & Founder

At the age of 12, Eddy and his family immigrated to Oakland, CA, from Guangzhou, China. Due to socioeconomic struggles, language and cultural barriers, and childhood traumas, Eddy got involved in criminal activities as a young teenager. At 16 years old, Eddy pled guilty to kidnapping to commit robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison, due in part to his limited understanding of the English language and the U.S. judicial system. While in prison, Eddy learned English, earned his college degree, published his poetry, and transformed into a nationally recognized leader—inspiring youth, activists, and politicians on issues of prison reform and youth violence prevention. As an advocate for Ethnic Studies in the prison college curriculum, Eddy was sent to solitary confinement for 11 months, where he garnered support from community activists and leaders. After years of denials, Eddy was granted parole in 2005. Despite being released from state prison, he spent another two years in immigration jail and ordered deported to China. While his immigration case went through the appeals process, Eddy was released from immigration jail in 2007.

Upon his release, Eddy led youth development, violence prevention, and cross cultural building activities as a Project Director at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco. Eddy Zheng also served as the Co-Chair and Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, where he worked to dispel the model minority myth and expose the migration-to-school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. A 2015-17 Soros Justice Fellow, Eddy co-founded the national Asian American and Pacific Islander Beyond Bars coalition. Eddy co-edited a book, Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology, and served on many Boards, such as Chinese for Affirmative Action, Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Asian American Law Journal.

In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown granted Eddy an unconditional pardon, which finally prevented his deportation. Eddy became a U.S. citizen in 2017. Eddy’s commitment to service has been frequently recognized, most recently with the 2016 Uncommon Hero award, the 2017 Bridging the Gap award from the University of Pennsylvania, and the 2019 Frederick Douglass 200 award.


Sachi Yoshii

Sachi Yoshii is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects at the East Bay Community Foundation, where she provides support to the strategic direction and implementation of the Foundation’s vision to advance a Just East Bay. Sachi started her career in philanthropy at The Atlantic Philanthropies working in a range of executive, program, and operations departments to provide oversight of global grant making activities, including the development of program strategies, financial and budget planning, and execution of technology initiatives and data trend analyses. She has also worked as a strategic consultant with leaders of foundations, non-profit organizations, and the public sector focused on development of community infrastructure in the Bay Area through public/private partnerships. Sachi is a member of The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for Rubicon Programs, and in an advisory capacity for the Asian Prisoners Support Committee. She received a dual-degree MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School and a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Kasie Lee

Kasie is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist and managing attorney of Law Offices of Kasie W. Lee. She also oversees the Bar Association of San Francisco's Juvenile Delinquency Panel. She is a former deputy public defender of the LA County Public Defender's Office, where she represented indigent individuals charged with serious and violent felony offenses. She has tried over 25 jury trials to verdict and has successfully defended clients in Three Strikes and other life cases. She has presented on topics including social media in criminal investigations, raising race in the courtroom and the school to prison to deportation funnel for the LA County Public Defender's Office, the LA County Alternate Public Defender's Office, LA County Bar Association, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, California Public Defenders Association, the SF Public Defender's Office, the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center (PJDC) and the National Juvenile Defender Center. She is the CFO of PJDC, Immediate Past President of the Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of the Bay Area, and a past president of the Asian Pacific Public Defenders Association of the Greater Los Angeles. She hosted a radio show, "Files of Justice," that ran on Sing Tao Chinese Radio from 2013-2014. Kasie completed her undergrad at UC Davis, Law School at the USC Gould School of Law.


Zachary Nightingale

Zachary M. Nightingale practices immigration law in San Francisco, California. A partner at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, his immigration practice for the last 22 years has focused on deportation defense and litigation in immigration and federal courts. He is certified by the State Bar of California as an expert in immigration law. Mr. Nightingale was honored with American Immigration Lawyers Association’s 2003 Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation.


David Ho

David Ho was born in Macau, China and immigrated to San Francisco, California with his family when he was six years old. While he was learning English for the first time in his newly adopted country, his family—who only spoke Cantonese at home—helped him maintain the bilingual language capabilities he often uses today in his boutique consultancy firm. He attended public schools throughout his entire childhood and adolescence in San Francisco and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Work and Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. Upon graduation, he worked for one of the largest community development organizations and affordable housing developers in San Francisco—the Chinatown Community Development Center—as a community organizer for over 15 years. Since 2012, he has been the main principal of Long Ying International and serves as a political consultant, public affairs, and communications expert in the areas of land-use and real estate development. He focuses on working with Chinese-based investors with particular geographic emphasis in the states of California and Hawaii.