Ms. Ruby Shang joined The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees in 2017. Ms. Shang was Country Director, Asia Director and Advisor at the Clinton Foundation from 2003 to 2015, where she established the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam. She first implemented CHAI in China as Country Director and assisted the Chinese Ministry of Health to successfully implement a national Care & Treatment program for HIV/AIDS, focusing in Yunnan province and the Xinjiang Special Autonomous Region. In 2008, she assumed additional responsibility for the Clinton Climate Initiative in China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and throughout Southeast Asia, implementing sustainable Energy Efficiency Programs for Building Retrofit and Solid Waste with eleven city governments, as well as Forestry programs with the national Forestry Ministries in Cambodia and Indonesia. In 2011 she became the Asia Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative. In September 2014, she assumed the role of Senior Advisor to the overall foundation and left the Clinton Foundation in October of 2015.
Previously, Ms. Shang performed with The Paul Taylor Dance Company and served as a member of the dance faculties of The Juilliard School, and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She was Chair of the Dance Panel for the New York State Council for the Arts, and a member of the Board of Governors for the New York Foundation for the Arts. As a choreographer, Ms. Shang was the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, and a Fulbright Hayes Cultural Award, among others.
Ms. Shang was born in Tokyo, attended the American School in Japan, and graduated from Brown University. She served as a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Finance Committee for her 2016 Presidential campaign and as a member of Brown University President’s Leadership Council for 14 years. Additional Board roles include Impact Investment Exchange Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and The Klosters Forum. She chairs the board of the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance and resides in Singapore.