22 June 2018


The US-China Strong Foundation welcomes four additions to its Board of Directors:


Amy Celico is a Principal of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), and leads the firm’s China team in Washington, DC. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience on issues in the region, Ms. Celico develops and implements tailored strategies for clients, helping them deepen relationships with key stakeholders, succeed with M&A transactions, resolve complex problems, and build and expand their business.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Celico served as Senior Director for China Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she was responsible for developing negotiating positions on issues related to China’s non-financial services sectors and intellectual property rights policies. She was also involved in developing trade policy positions for bilateral discussions with China through the Strategic Economic Dialogue and the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.

Previously, Ms. Celico served as Deputy Director of the Office of the Chinese Economic Area at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she monitored China’s compliance with its WTO commitments and developed U.S.-China trade policy to expand market access for U.S. companies in China.

She also worked at the U.S. State Department, where she served as an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Research and Intelligence, and as a Vice Consul for economic affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.

Prior to her government service, Ms. Celico was the Director of Development for the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. She also worked at the International Monetary Fund as the bilingual assistant to the Executive Director for China.

Ms. Celico serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and is a Senior Associate (Non-resident) to the Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Ms. Celico earned a B.A. with honors in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College and completed her M.A. studies in International Economics and Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China.

She speaks Mandarin Chinese and spent seven years living and working in China.


Jonathan Krane is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KraneShares, an asset management firm delivering China-focused exchange traded funds to global investors. KraneShares focuses on providing expert access and products for investors to gain exposure to China’s capital markets. Jonathan has spent the last fifteen years working with companies in China. He previously founded a leading media and entertainment company in China which was later sold to a publicly traded multi-national corporation.

Jonathan received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Connecticut College. He is on the board of the US-China Strong Foundation and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).


Mr. Pin Ni is President of Wanxiang America, a $4 billion American company with operations in 26 states that Mr. Ni established in 1994 as a subsidiary of the Hangzhou-based Wanxiang Group. Wanxiang has businesses in auto parts, real estate, and clean energy. In January, 2016, He was honored as “The Most Influential Business Person of the Year” by China General Chamber of Commerce – U.S.A. Under his leadership Wanxiang has been sending scores of American students to China every year since 2011, and has done more to enable American students to travel to and learn in China than any other private company.

Mr. Ni serves as vice chair of the China General Chamber of Commerce – USA, Board Director of World Business Chicago, member of the Northwestern University Board of Trustees, member of the US-China Strong Foundation’s Board of Directors, member of the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, and board director of Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Mr. Ni received his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Zhejiang University. He has also studied in the PhD program at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Economics.


Ambassador J. Stapleton (Stape) Roy is Founding Director Emeritus of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC and a Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar.

He served as Director of the Kissinger Institute from September 2008 until August 2013 and continues to be a Senior Adviser to the Institute.

Stape Roy was born in China, where his parents were educational missionaries, spending much of his youth there during the upheavals of World War II and the communist revolution. He joined the US Foreign Service immediately after graduating from Princeton in 1956, retiring 45 years later with the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the service. In 1978 he participated in the secret negotiations that led to the establishment of US-PRC diplomatic relations. During a career focused on East Asia and the Soviet Union, his ambassadorial assignments included Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, and Indonesia. His final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.

Following his retirement from the State Department in 2001, Ambassador Roy joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, becoming Vice Chairman in 2006. In September 2008, he moved to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to head the newly created Kissinger Institute, while continuing as a Senior Adviser to Kissinger Associates. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.