Chinese American Citizens Alliance

National Board

Paul Wong

National Vice President, Planning

Prior to his election to this position, Paul represented the Greater San Gabriel Valley Lodge (GSGV) as its National Representative for four years. His also served two terms as President of the GSGV lodge. In 2009, he chaired the lodge’s Convention Planning Committee, which hosted the Alliance’s 50th Biennial National Convention.

Professionally, Paul has worked for the County of Los Angeles for more than 30 years. He is presently Chief of Special Projects with the Department of Beaches and Harbors, responsible for design and delivery of coastal capital projects such as construction of marinas and boat storage facilities. Previously he served briefly as Chief of Planning and, from 2000 to 2010, as Chief of Asset Management Division, responsible for maximizing revenue from the County’s crown jewel real estate portfolio. During the decade, revenue experienced an aggregate increase over $10 million per year. The Department also received several one-time payments, including one $6 million check and one $20 million check from a single ground lease when the multi-family property was involved in two back-to-back mergers.

Paul is well verse in all aspects of real estate. He also enjoys unique construction challenges such as keeping berthing structures afloat on the sea and planting houses firmly on steep hillsides previously though impossible to develop. He designed and constructed his own home in Alhambra, California, on a steep slope at a budget on par with the cost of his neighbor’s foundation. In his spare time Paul enjoys backpacking, mountain hiking, and investing.

From a very humble background, Paul is living proof the American Dream is alive. Arriving in Los Angeles penniless he refused all public assistance and went right to work. He crashed on a friend’s couch and occasionally slept on the mean streets of East Los Angeles on days he could not get a ride home from a co-worker after getting out of work at the predawn hours. Paul went on to earn his undergraduate and graduate degrees while working multiple jobs and raising a family. The determination, industrious work ethic and commonsense investment success has prepared Paul for early retirement in 2015. Paul is looking to travel the world and volunteer more of his time for good causes.