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

 

 

 

 

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GlobalSF is unwavering in our commitment 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 personal, long-term relationships are 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

 
 
 

Established in 2008, 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 business opportunities in Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, and India.

 

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. Our worker productivity doubles 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 or expand 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

 

 

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.

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Darlene Chiu Bryant

Executive Director

Laura Jenkins

Director of Partnerships

Alexander Fong

Program Manager

Sam Driggers, CEcD

Director of Special Projects

 
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Leanne Lee Wang

Program Manager

 
 
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Jolynn Vallejo

Director

 

Join our team

 

Director of ChinaSF (full time)

This San Francisco based position is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual who possesses a passion for international development to join a high-profile economic development organization. GlobalSF in partnership with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is seeking an experienced business development professional to develop and manage a business attraction and retention effort for San Francisco focusing on companies in and from China, including Hong Kong and Macau.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute a marketing strategy focused on attracting Chinese companies to San Francsico

  • Attract and recruit Chinese businesses to San Francisco and develop and track qualified leads

  • Assist Chinese companies in navigating the various regulations and requirements necessary to establish a business in San Francisco

  • Provide assistance and introductions to San Francisco-based firms seeking business opportunities in China, Hong Kong or Macau

  • Manage relationships with partner organizations; government and private sector entities in San Francisco; and State and Federal governments in the U.S. and China, including Hong Kong and Macau

  • Develop and deliver sector-focused San Francisco sales presentations

  • Develop and implement fundraising program to grow initiative

  • Manage reporting requirements

  • Re-establish offices and manage staff in China offices Beijing/Shanghai/Shenzhen

  • Manage, mentor and coach all direct reports to meet goals of initiative

Requirements and Experience:

Candidate should have significant experience managing and implementing an economic development job growth program; excellent written verbal and written communication and presentation skills; and previous experience working in China combined with the following requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a business development position combining international experience

  • Must be bilingually fluent in written and spoken English and Mandarin, trilingual Cantonese a plus

  • Proven experience as a client relationship manager

  • Minimum Bachelor’s college degree

  • iOS and social media skills

  • Well organized, self-started, able to work independently

  • Business plan development, including program development and fundraising strategy

  • Prior live/work in China, Hong Kong or Macau a plus

How to apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: info@globalsf.biz. Applications accepted until position is filled.


Director of SFAsia (full time)

This San Francisco based position is an opportunity for a highly motivated individual who possesses deep experience in business development in Asia with a  passion for business development.  GlobalSF in partnership with the City of San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is seeking an experienced Director to build and lead San Francisco’s premier economic development organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute a marketing strategy to attract Asian companies to San Francisco from Asia

  • Attract and recruit Asian businesses to San Francisco and manage qualified leads

  • Assist Asian companies in navigating the various regulations and requirements necessary to establish a business in San Francisco

  • Provide professional services to assist inbound clients

  • Provide introductions to San Francisco-based firms seeking business opportunities globally

  • Manage SFAsia partnerships; government and private sector entities worldwide

  • Develop and deliver sector-focused sales presentations in San Francisco and Asia

  • Implement fundraising strategies to grow the SFAsia initiative

  • Meet reporting requirements

Requirements and Experience:

Candidate should have significant experience in business development in Asia; excellent communication and presentations skills; and previous experience living and working in Asia, combined with the following requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a business development position combining international experience

  • Native English speaker preferred, bilingually fluent in written and spoken in at least one Asian language

  • Proven experience as a client relationship manager

  • Bachelor’s college degree

  • iOS and social media skills

  • Well organized, self-starter, able to work independently

  • Business plan development, including program development and fundraising strategy

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to: info@globalsf.biz. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.


Program Associate (internship)

GlobalSF is looking for a can-do and creative candidate to help the program with maintaining its day to day operations, while learning how economic development is done. The intern shall be reporting to a supervisor and have an opportunity to work with team members and as the nature of assignment(s) permits.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive market and company research;

  • Assist GlobalSF HQ office with administrative tasks, including finance and accounting, database management, schedule management;

  • Assist in the coordination to host business/government delegations visiting San Francisco City Hall, local companies, and GlobalSF;

  • Assist with events (e.g. industry events, business events, conferences, etc.);

  • Attend client development meetings, take notes and follow up as appropriate;

  • Assist with other necessary tasks as appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);

  • Strong research skills;

  • Ability to use online databases and marketing software;

  • Strong interest in global economic, trade, and business relations;

  • English and foreign language skills preferred;

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@globalsf.biz. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. This internship is unpaid.


Partnerships Associate (internship)

An internship with GlobalSF provides the opportunity to work with our initiatives – ChinaSF, LatinSF, and SFAsia – and gain extensive international business experience, cultural competency, and a strong network of relationships to enhance the global competitiveness of San Francisco.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive market and company research;

  • Assist GlobalSF with administrative tasks, including database management and schedule management;

  • Assist with events (e.g. industry events, China-US business events, conferences);

  • Attend client development meetings and take notes and follow up as appropriate;

  • Assist with translation from English to Chinese and/or Chinese to English;

  • Assist with other necessary tasks as appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);

  • Strong research skills;

  • Experience in sales, marketing, or business development;

  • Strong interest in global economics, trade, and business relations;

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently;

  • Strong skills in analytical and presentation tools such as Excel and PPT;

  • Flexibility and ability to adjust on the fly to new demands; sense of urgency;

  • Self-motivated with a highly collaborative style and strong influence skills.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@globalsf.biz. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. This internship is unpaid.


Social Media and Marketing Associate (internship)

GlobalSF is looking for an energetic and creative candidate that will help the program continue its outreach efforts and maintain a media presence.  The intern shall be reporting to a supervisor and have an opportunity to work with team members on a day to day basis.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Create, design and revise logos, flyers, one pagers, letters, graphics, and other marketing related materials;

  • Create and edit presentation via PowerPoint;

  • Update website and social media channels, including WeChat, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn;

  • Send out updates and events via email blasts;

  • Collect and analyze data on social media engagement;

  • Work with staff to host events and delegations;

  • Assist with other tasks as appropriate.

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with various social media platforms;

  • Familiarity with website maintenance and email marketing software;

  • Digital art experience a plus;

  • Interest in global economic, trade, and business relations a plus;

  • English and foreign language skills preferred;

  • Ability to work independently and efficiently.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@globalsf.biz. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. This internship is unpaid.