Chair Emeritus, Linda Tsao Yang, awarded citizenship of Shanghai


We are delighted to announce that ACGA’s Chair Emeritus, Ambassador Linda Tsao Yang, 90, has been bestowed Shanghai’s top award for foreign citizens. She was given honorary citizenship by the Shanghai  People’s Congress in recognition of her many years promoting understanding, trust and cooperation between China and the US. Jamie attended a celebratory function in Shanghai on October 1, 2016, where he gave a short speech conveying ACGA’s congratulations and gratitude for her leadership and service as ACGA chair from 2001 to 2014.
Linda’s stellar career saw her become the first woman to serve as a California Savings and Loan Commissioner in the early 1980s. From 1993 to 1999, she was the US Ambassador and Executive Director on the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). During her tenure at ADB, Linda helped to raise US$300m in loans for the environmental transformation of Suzhou Creek, a major transportation waterway running from Suzhou province through Shanghai. From 2003-2014, she was an independent non-executive director at Bank of China (Hong Kong).

Linda is a shining example to us all.