Eddy Zheng has a lifelong commitment in serving the children, youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Eddy immigrated to the United States from China with his family when he was 12 years old. “Like many immigrant youth before and after me, I did not have a choice on whether or not I wanted to come to the U.S.,” he says, “I know firsthand the difficulties, barriers and frustrations the young people in our community are going through, and what can happen when they can’t get the help support they need to succeed.” Eddy’s mission is to use his experiences to inspire and motivate young people to invest in their education, raise awareness about the detrimental impact that the Prison Industrial Complex has on the Asian and Pacific Islander population, and promote racial harmony among people of color.
Eddy is the 2015 Open Society Foundation’s Soros Justice Fellow, who will raise awareness about the impact of criminalization and deportation on the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community and ensure that the API voice and experience is included in the larger movement to end mass incarceration in the United States.
Appointed by San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee to serve on the Southeast Community Facility Commission, Eddy also serves as the Board of Directors in San Francisco’s Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC). He is the co-chair for the Oakland-based Asian Prisoners Support Committee (APSC). He is a consultant for the Community Youth Center of San Francisco’s (CYC) branch office in Bayview Hunters Point. In 2007, he led a book project which culminated in the publication of “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology.” Eddy is currently the subject of the soon to be released documentary, “Breathin’ The Eddy Zheng Story.”