San Francisco, CA – We are pleased to announce that Gary Gee, retired Chief of Police of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, has been promoted to President of Chinese American Heroes, effective February 25, 2014. David Chai, our president since 2006, has retired, but will continue to serve our organization as a Senior Advisor. We thank David for his exemplary service as our president.
We are delighted that Mr. Gee has accepted this position and confident that he will continue the mission of educating and informing the public of the invaluable and significant contributions by Chinese Americans. As a member and mentor of the OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (previously known as the Organization of Chinese Americans), a national organization whose purpose is “to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States,” Mr. Gee is well-suited to further develop and enhance the goals and objectives of Chinese American Heroes.
Mr. Gee is a third-generation San Franciscan, a military veteran, and an active member of the community. He spent over 40 years in law enforcement in the Bay Area and is a member of the San Francisco Police Department’s Taraval Station community police advisory board and 1st Vice Commander of American Legion, Police-Fire Post #456. Mr. Gee is also an independent consultant on law-enforcement management and training, and a contractor for the US Department of State’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance. He brings his vast experience in public service and keen managerial skills to enhance our organization.
For more information on significant Chinese American history and biographies of many Chinese American Heroes, please visit www.chineseamericanheroes.org. Our latest heroes includes Olympian Julie Chu who was a four time Olympian and the second most decorated Winter Olympian, Jeremy Lin for his community service with young people and basketball skills. There are many other very notable heroes who are virtually unknown who have made some earthshaking contributions, and we invite you to read about these special people like Isaac Hoopii, Pauline Lo Alker, Polly Bemis, Geoffrey Ling, Heidi Shyu, Zack Zheng, Moon Chin, Wong Chin Foo, Him Mark Lai, and Evelyn Lee. Of course, there are many more, and we hope you will take few minutes to read about heroes that make all of us proud.
-Roger S. Dong, Chairman