During its May 1, 2020 Board of Directors meeting, the members voted to induct two new members to its board. Both residents of Atlanta, Georgia, these two distinguished professionals bring a passion for encouraging young people to be the future pillars of peace and a force for positive change.
Yawei Liu (刘亚伟) is the director of the China Program at The Carter Center. He became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2014. He is the associate director of the China Research Center in Atlanta and an adjunct professor of Political Science at Emory University. He co-authored Obama: The Man Who Will Change America (Chinese language, 2008). He is the founding editor of www.chinaelections.org which went online in 2002. Other websites he founded and oversees are www.uscnpm.org (English) and www.uscnpm.com (Chinese). Since 2012, he organizes an annual forum on U.S.-China relations which alternates between China and the US. He currently leads a project to examine the impact of the rise of China on developing countries and to promote US-China collaboration in African countries. Yawei earned his B.A in English literature from Xian Foreign Languages Institute (1982), M.A. in recent Chinese history from the University of Hawaii (1989) and Ph. D. in American History from Emory University (1996).
Amy Zhang is a proactive professional with 35+ years of experience and proven knowledge of corporate giving, organizational leadership, and public relations. In 2001 she co-founded Avala Properties LLC, where she oversees and manages the full life cycle of business deals, including the sourcing, financial analysis, and underwriting process. Additionally, she conducts market research, due diligence, presents to investment committees, and structures deal financing. As a corporate liaison officer for Universal Collegiate Alliance, Amy worked to establish Wesleyan High School, Hainan (WHN) and to facilitate a governmental relationship between Hainan and the City of Atlanta.
President of the Board of Directors Todd Corley noted that he “appreciates both Mr. Liu and Ms. Zhang’s commitment to the kind of work we do. I am pleased to welcome them both to the NSHSS Foundation.”
The NSHSS Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity, supports education in the form of scholarships targeted to outstanding, diverse students who express interest in pursuing careers that fuel the global economy, stimulate innovation and creativity, or yield a strong ethical foundation for decision-making. A particular goal is to help increase the representation of African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, and female applicants in careers where these targeted groups are under-represented. Additionally, we seek to support education in the form of other types of scholarships that can help our future leaders achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit nshssfoundation.org.