A Legacy of Serving the Community

Robert Chinn Foundation

Robert Chinn founded the United Savings and Loan in 1960, the first Asian-owned bank in the United States. In honor of their father, the family established the Robert Chinn Foundation in 1986, to continue his work of helping the community. The Asian Resource Center was built in 1994 to provide a location in the International District for meetings, classes, community activities, athletics, and special events.

With the sale of the Asian Resource Center in 2014, the foundation has transitioned into a grant-based philanthropic organization which supports programs and initiatives that lead to the enhancement of the civic, economic, educational, and cultural quality of life. The foundation funds non-profit organizations in the areas of art, culture, health, and youth development which serve diverse communities.


Robert Chinn Foundation is composed of board members who are actively involved in the community and strive to enhance the quality of life of diverse populations both locally and nationally.

Karen Wong

Robert Chinn Foundation, President

Karen Wong is a retired Bank attorney and president of The Robert Chinn Foundation and Asian Hall of Fame. She is a respected community leader, who has served on numerous boards including United Way of King County, Washington Women’s Lawyer, and Museum of History and Industry and currently serves on the board of the Washington State Convention Center and the Board of Governors of Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Derek Chinn

Robert Chinn Foundation, Treasurer

Derek Chinn, treasurer of the Robert Chinn Foundation is a Seattle native with a business degree from the University of Washington. He was in the banking business for 30 years before retiring in 2003. He served on the Board of Directors of Washington Federal Bank from 2003 to2013. Derek is currently occupying his time creating educational board games and word puzzles.

David Blandford

Visit Seattle

Letitia Fong

Robert Chinn Foundation

Letitia Fong is a native of Washington.  She graduated with a Bachelor in Political Science degree from the University of Washington in 1981 and received her Masters of Public Administration from Golden Gate University in 1985.  She has served on several boards throughout the Seattle Area.  In 2003-2005 she was the Marketing Trustee for the Women’s University Club and currently serves as a trustee of the Eta Beta Educational Foundation for her Sorority, Phi Mu.

Angela Gee

Dean Alan Architects PLLC, Principal

Angela Gee is the principal at Dean Alan Architects PLLC, practicing commercial architecture in the areas of office, retail, multi-family housing, medical office and restaurant for both ground-up development and tenant improvement projects.  Ms. Gee is involved in the community through volunteer work as well as serving on a variety of boards.

Aaron Olson

Charles  Schwab, Bellevue

Aaron Olson is a Senior Financial Consultant in the Bellevue, Washington Charles Schwab Branch. He previously worked at UBS for 5 years prior to joining Charles Schwab in 2002. He attained the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2012. Aaron and his wife support numerous community organizations including the Robert Chinn Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue, Jubilee Reach, Imagine Housing, Hope Link, and Bellevue Life Spring.

Eddie Pasatiempo

Serengeti Law, Chief Client Officer

Eddie Pasatiempo is the Chief Operating Officer for Serengeti Law, A Thomson Reuters Company. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications at the University of Washington and was inducted into the Department of Communications Hall of Fame in 2010. He has served on the board (ex officio) of the U of W Board of Regents, past president of U of W Alumni Association.

Jim Reed

AGM, Inc., Partner

Nate Rothbauer

McGladrey and Company

Lily Chang

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Kyle Fukuchi


Sue Taylor

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dawn Wheeler

First & Goal Hospitality

Click here for a full list of our National Advisory Board for the Asian Hall of Fame.