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.”