Leadership matters because people matter
Founder, President and Chair
Stan Adachi is the founder of the Red String Foundation. The Foundation, which started out as just an idea on how best to carry forward the ideals and vision of his family, took over a year to design and establish.
Prior to establishing the Foundation, Stan worked at the Boeing Company as the Divisional Executive Director of Quality for Boeing Global Services until his retirement in 2018. During his 32-year tenure at Boeing, Stan worked in many different senior leadership capacities including Divisional Executive Director for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security (BDS) Supplier Quality, Executive Director BDS Supplier Management, and other various senior leadership roles in Program Management and Engineering.
Stan is a longtime advocate for both early learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs in schools and minority engineering associations including the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE), and Amelia Earhart Society. Stan also held leadership positions in Aerospace Industry organizations including the International and Americas Aerospace Quality Group, Aerospace Industries Association, Society of Aerospace Engineers, and served on the Board of Directors for the Performance Review Institute.
Chief Financial Officer and Board Member
Tina Wang recently retired from ValueRock Realty Partners, a commercial real estate investment company, where she was the Senior Vice President of Operations. Tina joined the Red String team in 2019 and was influential in helping to shape the design of the Foundation's operations and management.
As the Senior Vice President at ValueRock, Tina was responsible for asset management, leasing, and property management for over 3 million square feet of property. Prior to ValueRock, Tina spent over 27 years at The Boeing Company working in engineering, supplier management, quality and finance supporting commercial airplane, satellite, defense and space programs.
Tina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Tina is looking forward to spending more time learning about nonprofits, giving back to the community through the Foundation and having time for her many hobbies and interests.
After retiring from Boeing in 2019, Leslie has been pursuing her many interests. She volunteers at community based nonprofits including the local animal shelter and gardening at the neighborhood athletic club and church.
During her 30 years at Boeing, Leslie enjoyed working as an engineer on Avionics systems installed on commercial airplanes, and then transitioning to the Global Services business providing aftermarket engineering modifications and supply chain support for Boeing aircraft around the world. As the Director of Engineering, Program Management and Supply Chain, Leslie's leadership was instrumental in collaborating across the business and with partner suppliers to design, certify, and bring to market new innovative products to airline customers worldwide.
Growing up, Leslie was encourged to explore different interests and ultimately attended the University of Washington where she earned a BS in Electrical Engineering. She received her MBA at Seattle University. Leslie enjoys pursuing her many hobbies, including hiking, trail running, pickle ball, gardening, and working with dogs, which allow for meaningful and joyful connection with nature and people.
Matt Gonzalez is the Chief Attorney of the San Francisco Public Defender's Office; a position he has held both under Public Defender Jeff Adachi (2011-2019) and now under Public Defender Mano Raju.
A native of McAllen, Texas, Matt has a BA from Columbia University and JD from Stanford Law School. He previously served a term on the 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors (2001-2005) and thereafter co-founded a civil rights law firm Gonzalez & Leigh LLP (active from 2005-2012).
Since 2006 Matt has exhibited artworks in a variety of Bay Area art venues and is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery since 2014.
Ron has over 25 years’ experience in executive management, business development, commercial real estate development, private equity finance and healthcare. Ron is currently a principal with PACE Equity, TriHaven Investment Group and CRT Holdings. He received his foundational experience at IBM, Upjohn Pharmaceutical, General Electric, Kaiser Permanente, and Cushman Wakefield. Ron was recently a Principal heading up acquisitions with the Greenheart Land Company, a private equity development group with over $500M in assets.
He serves as an advisor and investor to several start-up companies, non-profit organizations and restaurants in the US and in the Asia Pacific Region. Ron is a licensed real estate Broker in California and Hawaii. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an Executive MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ron has two sons, Riley, a Junior at the University of California, San Diego and Ryan, a second year Medical Student at Touro University California.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Glenn Yamada is a licensed attorney who has practiced in the fields of immigration and commercial litigation for over 10 years. He has helped clients with visas and worked on large-scale lawsuits involving international corporations such as Toyota and Sony. These experiences have allowed Glenn to hone his legal skills and develop “compassionate listening” over the course of counseling numerous individuals. He is therefore adept at engaging people as well as quickly addressing key issues in a matter. Glenn also brings a positive attitude to work and makes it a point to encourage co-workers and clients when possible.
Since high school, Glenn has volunteered for various organizations and is a proponent of the idea that communities are key to the welfare of its citizens. He believes no one is an island and that we are all responsible for one another. For these reasons, he continues to pursue opportunities in civic activities.
Glenn holds a master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and a law degree from the Ohio State University. In his spare time, you can catch him playing basketball or singing at the local karaoke bar with his wife. He continues to be stuck in the 80s and 90s.
Board Member (Posthumous)
Jeff Adachi was the Public Defender of San Francisco from 2002 until his death on February 22, 2019.
As a fierce advocate for racial justice, civil liberties, criminal justice reform and immigration rights, Jeff revolutionized the Public Defender’s Office, brought critical resources to the department, and led the Office to become the preeminent national model of holistic defense. Jeff also invested in the community. He helped develop programs like Mo Magic and Bayview Magic, which aim to empower and advance the health and resources of disadvantaged youth and their families.
Jeff was an author and award-winning filmmaker. He wrote, produced and directed The Slanted Screen, a 2006 film that explored stereotypes of Asian men in American cinema. In 2009, he directed You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story and in 2016 made the short film America Needs a Racial Facial. His 2017 film, Defender, focused on his defense of a young black man following a racially charged encounter with police. His most recent film, Ricochet, expected to be released in 2021, chronicles the tragic death of Kate Steinle and the trial of the immigrant accused of her murder. In addition to his own creative projects, Jeff provided opportunities to other artists through his work with the Asian American Arts Foundation and the Center for Asian American Media.