Our Team

We are intentionally led by people who have in-depth knowledge of the unjust immigration and criminal justice systems with deep ties to grassroots organizations.


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Eddy Zheng

President & Founder

New Breath Foundation Founder and President Eddy Zheng spent over 20 years in California state prison and immigration jails and is now the first Asian American ‘juvenile lifer’ to lead a foundation. Since his release, Eddy has led youth development, violence prevention, and cross-cultural building activities as a Project Director at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco. He’s also served the community in multiple ways: Soros Justice Fellow (2015-2017). Asian Prisoner Support Committee Co-Chair & Co-Director,  and as a member at the Chinese for Affirmative Action, AYPAL, Critical Resistance, Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Asian American Law Journal boards of directors.

In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown granted Eddy an unconditional pardon, which finally prevented his deportation. Eddy became a U.S. citizen in 2017. The community has frequently recognized Eddy’s commitment to service. He’s received the 2016 Uncommon Hero award, 2017 Bridging the Gap award from the University of Pennsylvania, 2019 Frederick Douglass 200 award, and National Education Association’s Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial award.

 
 
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Ben Wang

Director of Grantmaking

Ben Wang has 16 years of experience in fundraising, non-profit administration, and filmmaking. Ben co-edited “Other: an API Prisoners’ Anthology,” the first book to document the first-hand narratives of incarcerated AAPI prisoners and is now taught in colleges across the country. Ben is the Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), which provides direct support to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) prisoners and raises awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on our communities. He is also the Director/Producer for the award-winning documentary, BREATHIN’: THE EDDY ZHENG STORY, named Best Documentary by CAAMFest, Austin Asian American Film Festival, and Justice on Trials Film Festival. BREATHIN’ had its public television premiere on the World Channel in May, 2017.

 
 
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Stephanie Gee

Communications & Operations Associate

A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Stephanie is a San Francisco native who appreciates the challenges her parents and grandparents overcame to establish a life in the United States. She spent 10 years at Google working in online advertising sales and operations. In 2016, she left the company and pivoted her career towards social impact work. She has led an effort at Calvary Presbyterian Church to declare itself a sanctuary congregation, planned community events focused on educating the community about the plight of refugees and immigrants, and organized teams to supported immigrants through accompaniment. She also currently leads the International Support & Sanctuary team at Calvary and serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at San Francisco Achievers, a local non-profit empowering African American males through high school and college.

 
 
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Sachi Yoshii

Board Treasurer

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.

 
 
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Kasie Lee

Board Secretary

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.

 
 
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Zachary Nightingale

Board Member

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.

 
 
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David Ho

Board Member

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.