Staff- Director of Education


Darin Ow-Wing, Director of Education and Engagement

Darin Ow-Wing is the Education and Engagement Director of the Chinese Culture Foundation.

His main goal is to develop the educational and youth engagement activities as the leadership of the Him Mark Lai Learning Center.

This encompasses the Dynasty to Democracy Chinatown walks that serve over 4,000 kids each year, Roots Seminars, Roots in California excursions, and extended Roots Seminars with several local colleges.  In regard to CCC’s engagement efforts, Darin organizes two of our primary performance events, the Chinatown Music Festival and the Spring Festival, in addition to managing CCC’s quarterly newsletter.  His engagement duties also cross over into the arts division where he trains gallery docents in public engagement techniques and develops strategies for engaging youth through art.  Darin also leads quarterly leadership development sessions for the staff.

Darin majored in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, and has worked with children and teens primarily in San Francisco for over 30 years. Programs he created or administered have benefitted over 35,000 individuals.  He was Executive Director of  Community Educational Services for 14 years, and is the past Chairperson of the SF Mayor’s Youth Employment & Education Program.  He is a recipient of a 1996 Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Award from the San Francisco Foundation, the 2002 Enola Maxwell Lifetime Service Award, and was a member of the 1998 class of Leadership San Francisco.

His many interests include mountain biking, astronomy, exploring tide pools, world history, and helping his kids to keep their rabbit and fish safe and happy.  His goal is to help young people develop a love of learning, and to engage them in contributing to their community.