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Giles Li is Executive Director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a social-services organization serving the community since 1969. He shares how BCNC uses the arts as a tool for community development, most recently in the creation of a new arts center. He says that right now Chinatown’s identity is maybe “stretching a little”, and hopes the new arts center can be a place where the entire community can feel they truly belong.
Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and has been at BCNC since 2006. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Giles has a proven track record of direct service, advocacy work, and management experience. Having grown up locally in an immigrant family, he has a life-long connection and commitment to the community in and beyond Chinatown.
Giles is a recognized thought leader and public speaker in Asian American communities nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Giles is a cross-sector leader who serves on the board of directors for Associated Grant Makers, and has been on advisory committees for the Attorney General, State Treasurer, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement, and more.