SAN FRANCISCO (July 2, 2012) — The Asian Art Museum Foundation has appointed seven new members to its Board of Trustees.
Jamie Chen, Christopher Dupuy, Kumar Malavalli, Nanci Nishimura, Komal Shah, Robert Tsao and Nicholas Unkovic all join the museum at a time of renewed growth and change, expanding its contemporary art focus while continuing to build on its world-renowned historical Asian art collection and programs.
“We are honored to welcome these new members to our board,” said Anthony Sun, Asian Art Museum Foundation chairman. “Our new trustees bring expertise, passion and a shared commitment to deliver on the museum’s new vision, its bold exhibitions and dynamic, engaging programs.”
Jamie Chen served as a marketing manager with experience in global corporate image campaigns for world-class corporations including Google and Samsung. She is also an accomplished lyricist, and has written for Brown Eyes, one of Korea’s top pop singers.
Born in Korea, Chen received a B.A. in Literature from Yonsei University. She is married to Steve Chen, CTO/Co-founder of YouTube.
Christopher Dupuy is a 27-year veteran of Merrill Lynch, and serves as the Market Executive for the Pacific Northwest Market of Merrill Lynch Wealth management, overseeing 67 branches and more than 1,400 Financial Advisors across eight states. He once served as Executive Sponsor of Bank of America’s Diversity and Inclusion Council for their Global Wealth and Investment Management division in 2009 and 2010.
Kumar Malavalli is the co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board for InMage Systems. A serial entrepreneur and visionary in the field of Information Technology, Malavalli is also an investor, mentor and board member of numerous Silicon Valley startups. He was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council. He is married to Vijaya Malavalli.
Nanci Nishimura is a partner with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and the lead attorney representing dozens of public entities in the nationwide Municipal Derivatives antitrust cases pending in federal court in New York, and the Municipal Bond Insurance cases pending in State court in San Francisco. She was recently appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Commission on Judicial Performance, an 11-member commission that reviews the conduct of State court judges.
Nishimura received her J.D. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., B.A and M.A. from the University of Southern California, and attended Waseda University in Japan.
Komal Shah is a private investor and accomplished philanthropist with a passion for education and the empowerment of women. Shah began her career at Oracle, later moving on to manage several pioneering projects with companies such as Kiva Software and Broadband Office. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She plays Indian classical music and is trained in Indian dance. Shah is married to Gaurav Garg, a partner at Sequoia Capital and founder of Redback Networks.
Robert Tsao has served as the Chairman Emeritus of United Microelectronics Corporation and PixArt Imaging, Inc. since 2006. With more than 30 years in the IC industry, Tsao has helped found numerous high-tech companies in Taiwan and abroad. An avid collector of art, he has been featured in James Stourton’s book, Great Collectors of Our Time, and in a CCTV documentary on national treasures. His interests also include the study of history and philosophy. He is married to Vivian Chen.
Nicholas Unkovic is a partner of Squire, Sanders (US) LLP, a global law firm. He has an extensive background in corporate and securities law, specializing in strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, emerging companies and corporate governance and compliance. He is married to Elizabeth Unkovic.
The Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is one of San Francisco’s premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian Art treasures spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life, while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.