Ted Gong | Executive Director
Ted Gong is Executive Director of the 1882 Project Foundation and President of DC chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance. Before retiring in 2012, Ted was a career diplomat in the U.S. Department of State where he served primarily in East Asia on policy and operational issues related to border management and security, migration and refugees, and consular affairs. He has degrees in History, Asian Studies, and National Strategic Studies form the University of California, University of Hawaii and the U.S. Army War College. Ted is also included in The Guardian‘s The Frederick Douglass 200, a list of two hundred people — abolitionists, diplomats, writers, feminists, and more — who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass.
Franklin Odo | Deputy Director and 1882 Symposium
Ali Smith | Communications & Public Affairs Director
Ali Smith is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the 1882 Foundation. She is a PhD student in Sociology at the City University of New York. In 2019, she completed her masters at The Graduate Center in International Migration Studies with a focus on Global Cities. She also works as a Museum Educator at the Tenement Museum. At the 1882 Foundation, Ali manages communications strategy and implementation, along with other collaborative initiatives through the 1882 Symposium.
Stan Lou | Talk Story Director
Ting-yi Oei | Curriculum & Education Director
Sojin Kim | Programs
John Kusano | Historic Preservation Director
John develops historic preservation programs for the 1882 Foundation and is also the Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership in Washington, DC. He recently retired from a 35 year career with the US Forest Service. He is a third-generation Californian and a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz.
Yuexian Huang | Historic Preservation Associate
Yuexian (Margo) Huang was born and raised in Southeast China. She received her Master’s of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she studied urban planning in Peking University in Beijing, China. During her study in the U.S., Yuexian has developed strong interest in utilizing preservation as a tool to increase the visibility of minority groups, and to bring them more social justice. She is particularly enthusiastic about making the history of Chinese immigrants recognized and preserved. She has been working with 1882 Foundation since the summer of 2018 on various historic preservation initiatives. Now she is working as a GIS Technician for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
Bianca Villao | Partnerships Coordinator
Bianca Villao is a rising junior at the George Washington University in D.C. She is majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in the Asian region and is minoring in Chinese language and literature. She is currently based in Washington, D.C., but is originally from the Bay Area in California. Bianca joined the 1882 Foundation the Summer of 2019 as an intern, and she is continuing to build out programming with our institution partners, like the upcoming Chinese American Women in History Conference.
Beth Zhao | Public Affairs Coordinator
Jamelah Jacob | Program Coordinator
Gabi Chu | Program Coordinator
Gabi Chu is a second-year at the University of Virginia, hoping to major in Global Development Studies and Anthropology. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia, she graduated high school in Seoul, South Korea. Her main area of interest is in oral histories and narratives, and exploring how these stories are represented through walking tours and reclaiming spaces in ethnically distinct neighborhoods. She is also interested in the intersection of the modern Asian-American experience and self-representation through fashion and art. Gabi joined the 1882 Foundation in the summer of 2019 as an intern and has since developed a walking tour of the historic DC Chinatown neighborhood and continues to expand the initiative.