CHRISTOPHER KUI/SENIOR ADVISOR
Christopher Kui is a pioneer of the community development movement and a long-time champion of community services and civil rights, advocating for the Asian American and immigrant communities of New York City.
In addition to serving as the executive director of AAFE from 1993-2017, Mr. Kui was founder of Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC). REDC is an AAFE-affiliate and U.S. Department of Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), providing financing and technical assistance to immigrant, minority and women-owned small businesses. REDC counsels over 600 small businesses each year and has lent more than $44 million to over one-thousand businesses during the past ten years. During Hurricane Sandy, under Mr. Kui’s leadership, REDC provided technical assistance and a combination of loans and grants to more than 200 small businesses, totaling $3.5 million citywide.
New York Press called Mr. Kui “…a beacon in dark times,” awarding him the Downtown OTTY Award (Our Town Thanks You). In 2014, Money Magazine named Mr. Kui a recipient of its “50 Heroes, 50 States Award,” which honors people taking extraordinary steps to improve the personal finances of others.
During Mr. Kui’s tenure, AAFE raised more than $100 million to build more than 800 housing units for low-income and homeless individuals and families. AAFE has also helped immigrant and low-income families receive over $378 million in mortgage financing to purchase homes. Mr. Kui continues to fight for immigrant communities by advancing programs which provide social service access for families and seniors; technical assistance to emerging Asian American organizations; assistance to small business owners; and homeownership and foreclosure prevention counseling.
From 2003–2007, Mr. Kui served as a commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission. He has also served on the transition teams of several incoming city and state administrations, including those of Governor Andrew Cuomo and mayors Bill de Blasio, Michael Bloomberg, Rudolph Giuliani and David Dinkins.