San Francisco - Global Offices

San Francisco

Location Overview

Our San Francisco office opened in March 2011 and serves to assist applicants with the pre-departure process, as well as promoting CRCC Asia throughout all of North and South America.

The office is located right on Market Street, the main artery separating San Francisco’s bustling Financial District and tech-heavy SoMa district. We are a stone’s throw from Union Square, the spectacular Embarcadero waterfront, the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, and the famous cable cars of Powell Street.

Our office is responsible for assisting applicants from North and South America throughout the pre-departure process. Telephone interviews for our programs will also be conducted through this office.

Office Address

Staff Members

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Daniel Nivern

CEO

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Daniel studied French and German at Oxford University (Keble) and obtained a Masters Degree in International Management for China from the University of London (SOAS). He taught at a university in Hebei Province and worked with Exxon Mobil in the UK, before co-founding CRCC Asia in London in 2006. Daniel set up and managed the CRCC Asia offices in Beijing and Shanghai between 2007 and 2012, overseeing the operations of placing 4000 international students in internships in China.

Since 2012, he has been located in San Francisco where he works with global universities and institutions to develop their strategies for running internship programs In China. Daniel has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Sunday Times for his work with China and he was the main role in a documentary on doing business with China for American TV. He has presented on the subject of internships in China at various conferences worldwide including NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad and The Global Internship Conference.

Daniel was listed as a UK Government connector, with the role of encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young Brits, he was the Vice President of the Oxford Cambridge Club Beijing, is one of the founding members of the China Advisers Network and is a member of the 48 Group Club, committed to the development of relations between China and the West. He speaks French, German and Chinese, is a keen follower of international affairs and enjoys sports, foreign cinema and travel.

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Martin Tillman

Senior Adviser

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CRCC Asia is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Tillman to its Advisory Board. Marty is a recognized thought-leader, author and consultant on graduate employability and the integration of international education experience and student career development.

He has been a member of NAFSA for 39 years, was the Chair of NAFSA’s 2008-09 national Task Forces on Global Workforce Development and Career Development Resources, and has been a contributor of book reviews to NAFSA’s International Education Magazine for the past 20 years. Martin’s distinguished career includes 11 years as an Associate Director of Career Services at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, President of the Higher Education Consultants in Washington DC, a speaker specialist for the US State Department and the author of the Global Compass Blog, which has been read in over 90 countries worldwide.

We are extremely excited to be working with Martin and look forward to gaining from his experience and expertise as we continue to focus on the interlink between international education and student employability, with specific reference to CRCC Asia’s Award Winning China Internship Programs.

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Jay Gonzalez

Faculty Associate

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Jay Gonzalez, Ph.D. is Faculty Associate with CRCC Asia. His main responsibility is to raise awareness among U.S. and Philippine University students about the value and importance of interning in China. Specializing in international political economy, Professor Gonzalez has taught internship and immersion courses for two decades in the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Gonzalez is the Mayor George Christopher Professor of Government and Society at the Ageno School of Business of Golden Gate University and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco in California.

He has conducted training workshops for Chinese business, government, and civil society organizations and teaches at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He has consulted with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, the Institute on Governance of Canada, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the governments of Singapore and China. He has also taught at the National University of Singapore, De La Salle University, and the University of Utah and has published ten books.

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Matthew Rowett

Global Director of Institutional Relations

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Matt is originally from the Bay Area but went to school at Whitman College in Washington State.  He graduated with a BA in Asian Studies after studying Chinese language, politics, and history, and completing his undergraduate thesis in Taiwan.  After graduating he participated in the Whitman In China Teaching fellowship and taught English to undergraduate and graduate students at Yunnan University in Kunming, China.

He has traveled extensively around Asia including backpacking in the lower Himalayas, scuba diving in the Philippines and studying in Taiwan.  In his spare time he is a swimmer, surfer and aspiring chef. Future travel plans include Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

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Megan Swanick

USA University Relations Manager , San Francisco

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Megan grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended college at The University of Maryland, College Park. Megan spent two years after graduation in Southeast Asia working in first Thailand and then Myanmar. Megan then returned to The United States determined to encourage and facilitate meaningful international experiences for students. Before joining CRCC Asia, Megan pursued her passion for international education as a study abroad advisor for college students in New York City at Brooklyn College

Megan’s past travels include going to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, backpacking through Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and traveling all around Southeast Asia. In her free time Megan likes to explore the outdoors, explore the arts, and plan her next trip.

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Danai Sakutukwa

USA Admissions Advisor, San Francisco

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Danai earned her B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Davis, and studied abroad in Brazil. Upon her graduation, she taught ESL in both Brazil and the Bay Area, and received her M.A. in International Education from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Before joining CRCC, Danai also helped develop TESOL programming for professional development at UCSF.

Although Danai was born and raised in Zimbabwe and Australia, she feels extremely lucky to have called the San Francisco Bay Area her home since 2003. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking its beautiful trails, doing yoga, practicing Portuguese, and discovering new cultures.

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Rachael Criso

Senior Adviser

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University of Michigan: Assistant Director, LSA Global Opportunities

In her role within the LSA Opportunity Hub at the University of Michigan, Rachael leads the Global Opportunities team that strives to provide quality international work and volunteer experiences for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Rachael sources international internships in over 20 countries, often connecting students with international UM alumni who serve as local mentors. Rachael is expanding the program to include: English as a Second Language training workshops, the Touchdown Series (survival language and culture instruction for departing interns), and Global Immersions (group visits to Global UM alumni in their workspace to learn about their industry). Rachael maintains strong ties with colleagues, partners, and UM alumni across the global in order to enhance the experiential component of the University of Michigan undergraduate experience.

Rachael has been placing UM students in international internships since 2001; 140 were placed summer 2016 and the projection for 2017 is 200+.  Having placed more than 500 students, she has witnessed how adaptable and effective liberal arts undergraduates can be in off-campus, out-of-country, out-of-comfort zone work situations; and how much they can learn from these transformative experiences.

Rachael also serves as a faculty member in the UM Romance Languages & Literatures department, teaching courses in Business French. In addition, she has developed the curriculum for two UM internship classes that prepare students to live and work abroad, connecting the practical experience they will gain with their undergraduate studies and career path.

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Amanda Reynolds

USA Admissions Advisor, Philadelphia

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Amanda earned her B.A. at Gettysburg College where she studied Spanish and International Relations. While at Gettysburg College she studied abroad in Spain and did a summer internship in Nicaragua. After graduation, she worked as a consultant for private high schools in the United States who were developing international student programs and recruiting abroad in China. She became even more interested in international education and decided to return to school for a M.A. in International Education and Intercultural Relations at Lesley University. During graduate school and afterwards, she worked at Boston University’s ESL school in admissions. She is passionate about working with students looking to gain international experience and knowledge.

Amanda tries to travel as much as possible, both in the United States and internationally. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and baking.

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