Shaping the future of San Francisco as a resilient global city.

 

 

 

 

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GlobalSF is committed to bringing together key stakeholders in the public and private sectors to create sustainable economic growth. Our success demonstrates that our approach of facilitating open communication, trust, and long-term relationships is foundational to economic development.


 

Vision

Shaping the future of San Francisco as a resilient global city for business.


 

Mission

Through our powerful network and acumen in global business, government, and cultures, GlobalSF helps businesses thrive in San Francisco and across the globe.

 
 
 

Jobs

 

Trade

 

Investment

 
 
 

 

Initiatives

 
 
 

ChinaSF serves as a gateway for innovation and economic exchange between China and the City of San Francisco.

 

SFAsia builds on the momentum of ChinaSF to access opportunities across Asia.

 

LatinSF is a dynamic economic development initiative that promotes business and trade between San Francisco and Latin America. 

 
 
 

 

Services

 

San Francisco sits at the cutting edge of the world's knowledge-based economy where our worker productivity is double the national average. The region produces more patents than anywhere else in the U.S. and attracts 36% of the nation's total venture capital investments.

For companies looking to locate in San Francisco, GlobalSF offers the following services, which are conducted confidentially and free of charge:

 
 

Site Location Assistance

Market Research

Introductions to Key Stakeholders

Permitting, Licensing & Qualifying for Government Incentive Programs

 

Small Business Development Center

GlobalSF, in partnership with the SBDC Network of Northern California, is advising and training international clients who are seeking to enter the North American market by way of San Francisco, CA.

For more information, click here.

 

 

Impact

 

GlobalSF leverages our extensive international business experience, cultural competency, and strong network of relationships to enhance the global competitiveness of San Francisco.

 
 
 

800+

Jobs Created

 

100+

Companies Recruited

 
 

5.1+

$ Billion Raised

 
 

 

Success Stories

 
 
 
LIVALL   LIVALL successfully launched its new "Smart and Safe Cycling Helmet" in the U.S. market. Based in Shenzhen, China, LIVALL is the first smart helmet in the world that integrates communication, music, and smart lighting.  Learn more.

LIVALL

LIVALL successfully launched its new "Smart and Safe Cycling Helmet" in the U.S. market. Based in Shenzhen, China, LIVALL is the first smart helmet in the world that integrates communication, music, and smart lighting. Learn more.

 
The Nanjing Chamber of Commerce USA (NJCCUS)   The Nanjing Chamber of Commerce USA (NJCCUS) successfully established a presence in Silicon Valley, serving as a platform for both Chinese and U.S. enterprises.  Learn more.

The Nanjing Chamber of Commerce USA (NJCCUS)

The Nanjing Chamber of Commerce USA (NJCCUS) successfully established a presence in Silicon Valley, serving as a platform for both Chinese and U.S. enterprises. Learn more.

 
Oceanwide   Oceanwide, one of China’s leading real estate companies, joined San Francisco’s First and Mission project. The forecasted $1.6 billion project will include an estimated 2 million sq/ft of apartments, a hotel, offices and retail space.  Learn more.    

Oceanwide

Oceanwide, one of China’s leading real estate companies, joined San Francisco’s First and Mission project. The forecasted $1.6 billion project will include an estimated 2 million sq/ft of apartments, a hotel, offices and retail space. Learn more.

 

 
 

 

Team

One of the key strengths of GlobalSF is our multilingual staff who are uniquely experienced in helping companies break into new markets, access capital, and connect with the right partners.

Interested in joining our team? Click here.

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Darlene Chiu Bryant

Executive Director

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Laura Jenkins

Director of Partnerships

 

Jessica Chin

Program Manager

 
 
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Leanne Lee Wang

Deputy Director

 
 
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Jolynn Vallejo

Director

 
 
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Murat Wahab

Director

 
 

 
 

GlobalSF Board

The GlobalSF board is comprised of leaders with deep expertise in international business and connections with key players shaping the global economy. As such, they are actively involved in fundraising, public affairs, governance, and strategy.

 
 
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Hans Galland, Co-Chair

CEO & Founder

Haulistix

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David Kaufman, Co-Chair

Director of Global Strategies

Nixon Peabody LLP

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Wenli Wang, Secretary & Treasurer

Partner In Charge, San Francisco & Walnut Creek

China Practice Leader

Moss Adams LLP

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Peter Hirshberg

Principal and Co-founder

Maker City Project

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Jon Wright

Senior Project Manager at Sares Regis Group of Northern California

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Advisory Committees

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Yobie Benjamin, Managing Partner, 4iNNO, LLC

Mark Chandler, Director, Mayor's Office of International Trade & Commerce Division, City and County of San Francisco

Lily Huang, Senior Vice President, Private Banking, HSBC

Mary Huss, Editor, San Francisco Business Times

Phil Ting, Assemblymember, California State Assembly

Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups

Manning W. Yu, Head of Operations, PlushCare


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Jordan Angel, Managing Director, HFF

Howard Chen, Partner, K&L Gates

Jenny Liu, Partner, Pillsbury

Beverly Bian, Business Development Executive, Moss Adams LLP

Doreen Ge, Managing Director, JP Morgan


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Sara Azadi, Principal, Azadi & Co.

Guillermo Bodnar, Chief Technology Officer, Globant

Kristen Durham, Director - Office of the CEO, Zendesk

Bismark Lepe, President & CEO, Wizeline

Pablo Quintanilla, Salesforce Fellow, World Economic Forum

Julie Ruvolo, Director of Venture Capital, LAVCA

Eric Save, Partner, K&L Gates


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Mike Blakeley, CEO, Marin Economic Forum

Richard Dasher, Director, US-Asia Technology Management Center at Stanford University

Karen Masterson Dienst, Partner, Montgomery Pacific

Dean Fealk, Co-Chair, International Labor and Employment Practice, DLA Piper

Madhu Iyer, Advisor, Digital Sea VC

Michael Luong, FVP, Regional Sales Manager, CTBC Bank

Don McCormick, Managing Partner, DJM Consulting

Jessica Nersesian, Co-Founder, Metric Designworks

Steven Nersesian, Design and Manufacturing Consultant, Metric Designworks

Jane Wachiradejkul, Global Sales Director, McGuire Real Estate

Steve Wilson, Counsel, Withers Worldwide

Kathy Wong, Partner, BPM, CPA