Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation (HKAWF), a 501(c)3 organization registered with the state of Washington, was founded in 2009 in support of the philanthropic work of the Hong Kong Association of Washington. The foundation engages in events that support the advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the fields of Education, Health, Science, Athletic, and Human Services.


Board of Directors

Benjamin Lee (President)

Benjamin was the President of Hong Kong Association of Washington (HKAW) from 2006 to 2009, and Chairman of the National US Hong Kong Business Association (NUSHKBA) in 2009. A well known figure within the Seattle community, he is willing to step up to help and donate to the community at any opportunity he gets. Benjamin has been an influential figure of HKAW’s recent growth by working closely with the National USHKBA and Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. He brings in numerous business connections, and leading the way on building relationships with organizations such as Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO). On the business side, Benjamin is also an international business leader. He is an owner of an import/export company who is well connected in the business world, especially in Asia, from Hong Kong, Shanghai, to Taiwan.

Cynthia So (Secretary)

Cynthia took on the role as a secretary of Hong Kong Association of Washington in 2006, she brings exceptional people skills and a can-do attitude to her position. She works closely with the operations group as well as all board members to coordinate and assist with numerous events. In her business background, she has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. She now works for HSBC as a Branch Service Manager, with her focus being in Marketing and Sales. As a native of Hong Kong, she is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She works with local clients along with many others who are based in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. Cynthia resides in Bellevue, WA with her husband and family, and enjoys movies, cooking and traveling in her free time.

Tony Chang (Treasurer)

Tony is the co-managing member of Clark, Raymond & Company, PLLC, a local CPA firm in Redmond, Washington. He has been serving as the treasurer of HKAW Foundation since 2006 and is also actively involved in other Asian non-profit organizations.

Nora Chan (Board of Director)

Nora is born and raised in Hong Kong, she attended Brigham Young University (BYU) with her late husband Dr. Austen Chan. She is an active member of the Kent Sister City Association with Yang Zhou, member of Chong Washington Association, a member of Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce. As one of the longest standing member of the Hong Kong Association of Washington, she has provided 18 months of community service to Hong Kong from Latter-Day Saints church. She is also the founding president of Seniors in Action Foundation.



Become a Partner

For more information on how to become a partner for the Hong Kong – Greater China Business Association of Washington or Hong Kong Association of Washington Foundation please email info@hkbaw.org.