In October 2006, Ms. Wong led the effort to successfully form a joint venture partnership with TMG Partners and CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System), a $230 billion and second largest pension fund in the U.S., to invest $100 million to develop $400 million of urban infill housing projects. This joint venture is first of its kind with CalPERS and AGI Capital is the first Asian developer receiving such allocation.
Under Ms. Wong's leadership, AGI Capital received the distinguished awards such as one of the Largest Residential Developers in the Bay Area, Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies, and, for the past three years, Top 100 Women Owned Businesses in the Bay Area. Ms. Wong also, for the past two years, received the recognition by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Business and last year by 7x7 Magazine as the Top 49 Most Influential People in San Francisco. In June 2007, Ms. Wong received from the California State Assembly the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Business for the State of California. She is the only developer to have received such distinguished award.
With 18 years of experience in real estate encompassing various aspects of management and development, Ms. Wong has managed, developed, and overseen most types of real estate projects including retail, office, large multi-family investment projects, land development, adaptive re-use, and condominium conversion projects. Through her insights and progressive investment philosophy, Ms. Wong has led many projects which preceded and drove upward trends in Bay Area regions.
Through her years in the Bay Area business community, Ms. Wong has a strong network of public, private, and government relations in the Bay Area. She also has extensive experience working with companies based in Asia and is active in leadership of several philanthropic organizations, including local and international political, cultural, and environmental groups.
She was appointed by Deputy Governor, John Garamendi, to the California Organized Investment Network Advisory Board under the Department of Insurance. In addition, she was appointed by former Senate Pro Temp, John Burton, to the California World Trade Commission and to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. Lastly, Ms Wong was appointed by former Governor, Gray Davis, to the California Real Estate Advisory Commission for the Department of Real Estate.
With Ms. Wong's multi-faceted background, she has also been involved with many philanthropic organizations. In 2003 she joined the Alumni Board of Directors at her alma mater and is a current member of Advisory Board for the Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business. In addition, for three years, Ms. Wong was the President for the Oakland China Wildlife Preservation Foundation and led City of Oakland to obtain the right for a pair of pandas for the Oakland Zoo. Lastly, Ms. Wong was the Treasurer for the San Francisco Chinatown Association which promoted cross-cultural opportunities such as the San Francisco Night Market and is currently a trustee member of the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club.
Ms. Wong received a BA in marketing and an MBA in international management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.