Economic Development

About Henry Yin

Henry Yin is a former California Commissioner for Economic Development and lead a state trade delegation to China that focused on expanding business ties and partnerships in the green technology industry. Yin worked with technology and agricultural firms to crack the growing Chinese market.

In 1992 he co-founded the Citizens for Better Community (CBC) which intends to unite Asian Americans to get involved into civil and public affairs. Sometime later, Yin shifted his focus and eyed mainstream society. He got his foot in the door by joining the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. He became the first Asian American ever elected chairman of the 49-year-old chamber.

In 2006, Yin also became the first Asian American in 43 years to ever serve as president of Fremont Rotary Club.

In 2008, Yin won the Outstanding Asian-American Leader Award from the California state legislature.

In 2010, Yin was appointed by then California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and reappointed by governor Jerry Brown, as the only Chinese-American commissioner of the California Commission for Economic Development.