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Jackie Wu is the founder and CEO of Corvus Robotics, a YCombinator and VC-backed robotics startup based in Boston. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Robotics. Corvus Robotics employees over 20 people and serves in the public and private sectors. Jackie and his partners have been successful in launching a start-up and attracting capital from VCs and other investors in under 3 years. He grew up in Texas, and being Asian himself, Jackie has a personal connection with the CCC’s mission and purpose, and has a vested interest in advancing the organization’s agendas and objectives. As a Chinese American, he straddles both cultures and loves connecting with people over hotpot.
Thorsen, Linda J.
Linda Thorsen is a writer, historian, and instructor who currently balances various part-time work with community involvement. Her long-time passions include learning, writing, history, travel, and reading. The daughter of Swedish immigrants, she grew up in New Jersey and has also lived in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She and her husband Mark Bernstein have lived in Malden since 1989.
Ms. Thorsen’s career began with twelve years in software documentation, first as a software technical writer and then as a manager of writing teams. She later held roles in product management, product marketing, and marketing communications, and has worked independently since 2007. Over four decades, she has worked for seven software companies, a marketing consulting firm, and a PR firm—and as an independent consultant. In these various capacities she has helped businesses define clear and compelling company and product messages and deliver those messages through diverse written materials.
She was part of the founding team of local nonprofit Malden Arts and served on its board for ten years. She is currently Second Vice President of the Malden Historical Society, and has delivered several talks on Malden history. Since 2012, her community involvement has also included volunteer work on a number of political campaigns, from local school committee and city council races to presidential campaigns. She has been Chair of the Malden Ward 3 Democratic Committee since 2016.
Since 2010, Ms. Thorsen has also been a teaching assistant for evening on-campus and online college courses at Harvard Extension School covering various topics in world history, U.S. history, and historical methods. Ms. Thorsen holds a B.A. in English Literature from Swarthmore College, an Ed. M. (Master of Education) from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an ALM (Master of Liberal Arts) with a concentration in History from Harvard Extension School.
Michael Amaru is a technology entrepreneur with a background in creativity and marketing. He Co-founded Sensedriver Technologies in 2013 and Display.Stream in 2019 where he sits as the VP of Marketing. Michael's experience with technology startups, marketing, and venture capital brings valuable insights to the Chinese Culture Connection. Michael joined the board in 2020 and continues to advise on marketing strategies and leveraging technology for the benefit of the CCC.
Mr. Matthews possesses a BA in business administration & economics and contributes valuable leadership and organizational oversight to the Chinese Culture Connection derived from his 13+ years of experience in commercial real estate management & brokerage including private & public institutionally-owned office, multi-family, retail, and hospitality assets valued up to $100MM+ throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the United States.
James Xu is a partner in Goodwin’s Technology Companies & Life Sciences group. Mr. Xu’s practice concentrates on capital markets transactions, focusing on initial public offerings, as well as securities law reporting and compliance. In his practice, Mr. Xu represents a wide variety of companies and investment banks in the technology and life sciences industries. In addition, Mr. Xu counsels clients in private financings, mergers and acquisitions, governance and other general corporate matters. He joined Goodwin in 2010.
Christopher Beels has a strong connection to, and passion for China. He had the opportunity to study Chinese Language and Culture in college for four years, and lived in Shanghai in 2009. Christopher considers himself to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and is HSK Level 3 certified. He founded an organization named “China Bryant Connection,” and eventually successfully petitioned for national membership into the “Global China Connection” network of colleges to promote Chinese Language and Culture, business, and networking. Additionally, he had the experience of working with Bryant University’s U.S. China Institute and Confucius Institute, where he helped organize StarTalk summer workshops that helped students learn more about Chinese Language and Culture.
Victor Tang is a consultant to MIT Social Science Research Center. His interests are in Service Science, Executive Decision Theory, Innovation Science, Chinese History and Culture. He was VP of IBM China, executive in IBM corporate strategy, and systems development. He was Secretary General of the China & IBM Technology Cooperation Committee in Beijing. He was also IBM’s Technology and Client Relations Executive, for the International Olympic Committee, for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games. He has advised the UN, Taiwan government, and the Chinese government. He has published research papers and authored four technology-management books. One published by the Oxford University Press has been translated into Russian, Chinese, and Korean. His fourth book, Executive Decision Synthesis, was published by Springer, Heidelberg on 2018. He speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, and French. He has a BSEE, MS degrees from Purdue, MBP from Columbia, and PhD from MIT.
Barbara Chen O’Connell grew up in Winchester. After high school, she began learning Mandarin at National Taiwan University’s Chinese Language Program in Taipei for a year, and then studied Economics and Chinese at Tufts University. Ms. Chen O’Connell lived in Beijing for four years, working with the international business community at the American Chamber of Commerce, and acting as a part time translator and cooking class teacher at a hutong private kitchen for Imperial Chinese cuisine for fun. She returned to Tufts University to achieve a Masters of International Business with a regional focus on Asia from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2017. Currently, Ms. Chen O’Connell lives in Boston and is a operations manager at M Squared Lasers.