Yong Lu is the first person to systematically introduce the concept and practice of modern philanthropy to China. She is currently the Senior Director of Development for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the preeminent organization that hosted Ping-Pong Diplomacy in 1972. She is the first Asian-American to serve on its senior management team. Yong is also the author of two books on America’s nonprofit sector and its applications to China, The Third Force (2011) and Fundraising for a Cause (2014). Both books received rave reviews and have become canonical in China’s studies of social organizations.
Yong has served in leadership positions at a number of international organizations including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Committee of 100. She was Executive Director and the only Chinese-born and raised expert at CCS, America’s largest fundraising consulting firm. She was a founding consultant for launching the Schwarzman Scholars Program. At $600+ million, it is the largest internationally-funded philanthropic effort in China’s history. She also served as on-site counsel to the $1 billion campaign for Girl Scouts of the USA, making philanthropy for girls a national and global priority. From 2014 to 2018, she was the founder and CEO of Evergreen Asia Advisors, a consultancy specialized in nonprofit management.
Yong is a frequent speaker and writer about philanthropy. Her works and opinions are widely referred to in international media, including The Wall Street Journal, Worth magazine, Xinhua News Agency and China Philanthropist magazine. She is a Founding Trustee for the Institute for Philanthropy Development at Jiao Tong University.
Yong received her bachelor’s degree from Fudan University’s Journalism School. She received a full scholarship from Yale University and graduated with an M.A. in International Relations.