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“Building community wealth requires trust, partners, and patient capital.”

DIEN YUEN is an Assistant Professor of Philanthropy at The American College of Financial Services, holder of the Blunt-Nickel Professorship in Philanthropy, and a designated instructor for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) program. She is an authority on family philanthropy, global philanthropy, and emerging philanthropic models for corporate and community giving.


Yuen is a respected practitioner and colleague in philanthropy, with a well-established career in the nonprofit and private sectors. Her research and instruction for the CAP® program is informed by her experience as a philanthropic consultant, nonprofit gift planner, trust officer, and wealth advisor. Before joining The College, Yuen was Managing Director and Fiduciary Advisor for Evercore Wealth Management, LLC, where she engaged with high net-worth individuals and families, as well as charitable institutions. Prior to that, she was principal and founder of a research and advisory firm serving the philanthropic needs of families, businesses, and organizations in the U.S. and Asia. Her former positions include Chief Philanthropy Officer at Give2Asia, Vice President and Senior Trust Officer at U.S. Trust, and executive roles at the IIT Bombay Heritage Fund, the Asian Pacific Fund, and the American Cancer Society.


Yuen currently serves on the boards of The American Council on Gift Annuities, the 1990 Institute, and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. She is an advisory board member of GlobalSF, the Asia Society of Northern California, the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, and the Arowana Impact Capital Group. She is also on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils and the Conference and Education Committee of Advisors in Philanthropy.


Yuen holds an LLM in International Law from Golden Gate University, a JD from the University of Toledo College of Law, and BA in Political Science from Adrian College.