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Holly Chang

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Holly invested her life savings to start Golden Bridges based on the concept that well-executed mission-driven volunteer projects can be a powerful bridge-builder and transformative force in people, organizations and societies.
Golden Bridges, Founder and CEO http://goldenbridges.org

Holly founded Golden Bridges in 2007 as part of her tireless life endeavor to make a difference in the lives of other people. Before founding Golden Bridges, Holly held management positions for six years as an engineer at United Parcel Service, coordinating complex, time-sensitive and crisis-prone operations in their 4 million square-foot (400,000 sqm) international sortation hub.  She has successfully worked on large-scale events and projects up to US$1 Billion with a history of rapid promotion and broadly respected team-building skills.  When Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Wilma simultaneously devastated the Southeast of the United States in the fall of 2005, she left her career at UPS and joined the Red Cross as a disaster relief volunteer.  There, Holly discovered a natural inclination for organizing chaos and leading difficult volunteer teams on mission-driven assignments.  
  
In 2006, Holly sold her home and belongings in America and moved to China to study Mandarin Chinese at Tsinghua University.  Before classes began, she worked as a business journalist and volunteered at a school for children with cerebral palsy.  After a semester at Tsinghua, Holly became dissatisfied and restless with the cultural and informational biases that she witnessed between China and the Western world.  She also saw glimpses of a nongovernmental sector doing amazing and critically important work but was institutionally underdeveloped and largely unsupported by the general public.  
  
In late 2007, Holly invested her life savings and took loans from her family to start Golden Bridges based on the concept that well-executed mission-driven volunteer projects can be a powerful bridge-builder and transformative force in people, organizations and societies.  In the past year, her team has quietly met and worked with over 100 social pioneers in China, gaining rare insight and a pulse on the grassroots frontlines.  With a long-term strategic focus, Holly is positioning Golden Bridges to not only inspire random acts of kindness, but to create systemic and sustainable positive impact on China’s civil society. 

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