Giles Li is the CEO of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a role for which he was awarded a Barr Fellowship in 2017. He began at BCNC in 2006 as the first coordinator of the arts program. With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Giles has a proven track record of direct service, advocacy work, and management experience. Having grown up locally in an immigrant family, he has a life-long connection and commitment to the Boston community.
Under his leadership, BCNC led a community visioning process to develop and open the Pao Arts Center in 2017, a unique community-based arts and cultural facility leveraging the strengths of a diverse group of partners, including Bunker Hill Community College, Asian Community Development Corporation, South Cove Community Health Center, and an emerging community of Asian/Pacific Islander artists.
Giles was named the winner of the statewide 2017 Excellence in Leadership award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for his strategic vision, passion, ethical integrity, innovation, perseverance, and collaborative style. He is a cross-sector leader who serves on the board of directors for Philanthropy Massachusetts, and has been on advisory committees for the Attorney General, State Treasurer, and Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.