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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Thao Le

USA University Relations Manager, San Francisco

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Thao grew up in Long Beach, CA and attended UC Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science and Public Policy. Before coming to CRCC Asia, Thao held roles in fraternity & sorority affairs and academic development, providing mentorship to students throughout the United States and Canada. Thao is committed to student development in higher education and believes in the value of experiential learning. As an immigrant from Vietnam to the United States, Thao values multiculturalism and loves learning from new people and places.

She enjoys traveling both internationally and within the United States and aspires to hit every major city in the United States and step foot on all seven continents. When she’s not planning an upcoming trip, Thao enjoys exploring the local food and attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area, which she is lucky to call home.

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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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Jennifer Feeney

USA Admissions Manager, San Francisco

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Jennifer was raised in a suburb of Los Angeles and attended San Francisco State University where she pursued a degree in Communication studies and a minor in German. Her passion for international education began during her college years when she studied abroad in Tübingen, Germany.

During her year abroad, Jennifer became enamored with travel and multicultural  experiences. After completing her degree, Jennifer moved to central Thailand where she spent time teaching English to children and traveling throughout Asia. She is a firm believer in the extensive benefits of international experiences and is passionate about assisting young people in fulfilling their international goals.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys immersing herself in the eclectic San Francisco culture, cooking new recipes, and hiking the beautiful Marin headlands.

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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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