ChinaSF's mission is to promote economic growth in the San Francisco Bay Area through the recruitment and retention of companies in San Francisco via inbound investment, meanwhile helping San Francisco companies expand into the China market. 


ChinaSF envisions the San Francisco Bay Area as the gateway for innovation and economic exchange with China. Its role in this vision is to facilitate innovation, trade and development by providing bilateral access to government, business, cultural and educational communities in China and the San Francisco Bay Area.


ChinaSF's purpose is to help create more cross-border opportunities between San Francisco Bay Area and China. San Francisco has enjoyed deep cultural and economic ties with China for more than 150 years, including a Sister City relationship with Shanghai since 1979. More than 25 percent of the city’s population is of Chinese ancestry, and many San Francisco companies, including its leading legal, financial, architecture, engineering and technology firms, are already doing business in China. As China’s economy continues to mature, more Chinese companies are looking to establish North American headquarters and business operations. Equally importantly, San Francisco Bay Area companies can benefit by participating in one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

With offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and San Francisco, ChinaSF’s bilingual team provides support to Chinese companies looking to grow their North America operations, while also helping Bay Area companies expand into the Chinese market. Services include cross-border expansion and investment support, assistance in navigating the local business environment, and connecting companies with potential partners.

Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California and former San Francisco Mayor: “As the gateway to the Pacific, ChinaSF builds San Francisco’s history of shared cultural and economic ties with China, and strengthens mutual economic prosperity through enhanced relationships between San Francisco and Chinese businesses.”

Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco Mayor: “San Francisco’s success is inextricably tied to international trade and economic development, and the remarkable, collaborative work of ChinaSF for the past five years has been instrumental in ensuring San Francisco’s economic vitality today and in the future.”’

Darlene Chiu Bryant, ChinaSF’s Executive Director: “Our efforts could not be made possible without our supporters in the private sector, with whom we are working very closely to grow San Francisco’s economy through recruitment and retention of companies and investment from China.”



ChinaSF has facilitated and supported the expansion of more than 96 Chinese companies in San Francisco, and helped countless Bay Area-based companies make important business connections in China. ChinaSF’s efforts have directly created over 788 jobs in the Bay Area. For an in-depth look at our progress, please click here




  • PLAN
    Help introduce the US market and target potential opportunities partners. Strategize how to successfully enter the market while limiting risk. Help navigate cultural and regulatory differences between China and the U.S.

    Introduce Chinese companies to key government officials and private sector leaders in their sector. Connect Chinese companies with local providers for services such as immigration, legal, finance, marketing, venture capital, investment banking and more.

    Provide information on the San Francisco real estate market and help locate office space, as well as introduce incentive programs such as tax exemptions, workforce training programs, energy saving programs and tax credit programs. Guide Chinese companies through the process of registering a company at the federal, state and local levels.

    Help Chinese companies identify investment opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area across a variety of sectors. Assist in identifying potential local investment partners.

    Engage Office of the Mayor, regional and national traditional media, social media outlets, and blogging community to promote and bring exposure to Chinese companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Did you know ChinaSF helped Crystal Jade open its first North American restaurant in San Francisco?

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    Utilize ChinaSF’s on-the-ground insight from its three China offices to inform San Francisco enterprises of opportunities in China. Equip companies to navigate China’s cultural, business, and political environment.

    Leverage ChinaSF’s extensive network and its unique standing as a public-private initiative to help San Francisco companies access Chinese businesses, industry associations, and government officials in their sectors.

    Assist San Francisco Bay Area companies in identifying and evaluating investment opportunities in China. Assist San Francisco enterprises in attracting capital from China.

    Engage the Chinese government, regional and national traditional media, social media outlets, and blogging community to promote and bring Chinese exposure to San Francisco brands and companies.


ChinaSF facilitated one of the largest renewable clean energy agreements with China for Wells Fargo.

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One of ChinaSF’s key strengths is its bilingual staff which is uniquely experienced in helping Chinese and American companies access new markets. Spread across offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, the staff at ChinaSF offers support to companies every step of the way on either side of the Pacific.


Darlene Chiu Bryant

Executive Director, GlobalSF - San Francisco Headquaters

Darlene Chiu Bryant is Executive Director of GlobalSF, a non-profit organization established to support San Francisco’s economic development efforts with global partners. Appointed by the late San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee to head up ChinaSF, a public private partnership of the City of San Francisco, she oversaw efforts that brought in more than $5.1 billion in Foreign Direct Investment, created more than 788 jobs and recruited more than 98 companies to San Francisco Bay Area. 

Darlene has had a diverse career in both the public and private sectors, in international trade overseas working for German, Japanese and Chinese multinational firms and in her native San Francisco to work in communications and public affairs for Mayor Gavin Newsom, East West Bank, United Commercial Bank and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

Bryant is a current boardmember of Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, founding boardmember of Asian Pacific American Leadership Foundation and CALNET, boardmember of the Edwin M. Lee Democratic Club, and advisory boardmember of the University of San Francisco Chinese Business Studies Initiative.

In 2015, she was named the “fixer” for Chinese Businesses looking to make hay in San Francisco by San Francisco Magazine.


Leanne Lee Wang

Deputy Director - San Francisco Headquarters

Leanne Lee Wang is Deputy Director at ChinaSF and supports both inbound and outbound investment in San Francisco. She develops and maintains programs to foster relationships between government agencies and private organizations in both the US and China. Prior to joining the ChinaSF team, Leanne managed global real estate and land acquisition projects in mainland China and Hong Kong and served as a consultant to the administration of the Guangzhou New High-Tech Industrial Development Zone to attract foreign direct investment.


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Director of ChinaSF (full time)

This San Francisco based position is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual who possesses a passion for international development to join a high-profile economic development organization. GlobalSF in partnership with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is seeking an experienced business development professional to develop and manage a business attraction and retention effort for San Francisco focusing on companies in and from China, including Hong Kong and Macau.


  • Develop and execute a marketing strategy focused on attracting Chinese companies to San Francsico

  • Attract and recruit Chinese businesses to San Francisco and develop and track qualified leads

  • Assist Chinese companies in navigating the various regulations and requirements necessary to establish a business in San Francisco

  • Provide assistance and introductions to San Francisco-based firms seeking business opportunities in China, Hong Kong or Macau

  • Manage relationships with partner organizations; government and private sector entities in San Francisco; and State and Federal governments in the U.S. and China, including Hong Kong and Macau

  • Develop and deliver sector-focused San Francisco sales presentations

  • Develop and implement fundraising program to grow initiative

  • Manage reporting requirements

  • Re-establish offices and manage staff in China offices Beijing/Shanghai/Shenzhen

  • Manage, mentor and coach all direct reports to meet goals of initiative

Requirements and Experience:

Candidate should have significant experience managing and implementing an economic development job growth program; excellent written verbal and written communication and presentation skills; and previous experience working in China combined with the following requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a business development position combining international experience

  • Must be bilingually fluent in written and spoken English and Mandarin, trilingual Cantonese a plus

  • Proven experience as a client relationship manager

  • Minimum Bachelor’s college degree

  • iOS and social media skills

  • Well organized, self-started, able to work independently

  • Business plan development, including program development and fundraising strategy

  • Prior live/work in China, Hong Kong or Macau a plus

How to apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: info@globalsf.biz. Applications accepted until position is filled.


Program Associate (volunteer)

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive market and company research;

  • Assist ChinaSF HQ office with administrative tasks, including finance and accounting, database management, schedule management;

  • Assist in the coordination to host Chinese business/government delegations visiting San Francisco City Hall, local companies, and ChinaSF;

  • Assist with events (e.g. industry events, China-US business events, conferences, etc.);

  • Attend client development meetings, take notes and follow up as appropriate;

  • Assist with translation from English to Chinese and/or Chinese to English;

  • Assist with other necessary tasks as appropriate.


  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);

  • Strong research skills;

  • Ability to use online databases and marketing software;

  • Strong interest in Asia-US economic, trade, and business relations;

  • English and Mandarin Chinese language skills preferred;

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.

How to apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references to chinasf@globalsf.biz 

This is a non-paid position.

Media and Marketing Associate (volunteer)

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Create, design and revise logos, flyers, one pagers, letters, graphics, and other marketing related materials;

  • Create and edit presentation via PowerPoint;

  • Update website and social media channels, including WeChat, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn;

  • Send out updates and events via email blasts;

  • Collect and analyze data on social media engagement;

  • Work with staff to host events and delegations;

  • Assist with other tasks as appropriate.


  • Familiarity with various social media platforms;

  • Familiarity with website maintenance and email marketing software;

  • Digital art experience a plus;

  • Interest in China-US economic, trade, and business relations a plus;

  • English and Mandarin Chinese language skills preferred;

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.

 How to apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references to chinasf@globalsf.biz

This is a non-paid position.