Ms. Brenda Lei Foster
President & CEO
Foster & Associates LLC
115 Ohana Street
Kailua, Hawaii 96734-2351
Brenda Lei Foster was appointed as an Executive-in-Residence at the
University of Hawaii, Shilder College of Business in August 2013 where she
advises and assists the College in its international programs, especially
those related to China. From September 2005 to July 2013, she served as
President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham
Shanghai), which is the largest and fastest growing American Chamber in
the Asia Pacific region and one of the largest AmChams outside the United
States. As President, she was responsible for overseeing all of the
Chamber's initiatives, as well as representing the Chamber and American
business interests in China, the U.S., and the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Foster has also served as President and CEO of ULU Group, Ltd., a firm
specializing in emerging technologies in the Asia-Pacific region (2003-2005),
Executive Assistant to the Governor of Hawaii for International and National
Affairs (1995-2002), Director of the State of Hawaii's Office of International
Relations (1992-1994), and Executive Director of Hawaii's World Affairs
Council, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council (1977-1992).
A nationally and internationally respected expert in Asian Affairs, Ms. Foster
is a member of several national organizations including the Council on
Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the National
Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asia Society, and the U.S. Committee
on the Council for Security Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific. She is a past
President of the National Council of World Affairs Organizations and is a
former member of the Staff Advisory Councils for the National Governors'
Association and the Western Governors' Association of which she also
served as chair. She serves on a number of boards and advisory councils
and is a recipient of several awards.
Ms. Foster holds a B.A. and M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of
Washington and an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii's Executive MBA
Program. She is married with one child.