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Dien Yuen

Dien Yuen


Dien Yuen headshot

Executive Director, Center for Philanthropy & Social Impact

Blunt-Nickel Professor in Philanthropy

Assistant Professor of Philanthropy

Areas of Expertise:

Charitable Giving, Philanthropy

BA, Adrian College
JD, The University of Toledo College of Law
LLM, Golden Gate University, School of Law


Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP® is Executive Director, Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact at The American College of Financial Services and Blunt-Nickel Professor in Philanthropy. In this role, she works with practitioners in the field, creating a shared space to develop multi-disciplinary ideas to advance social change. New initiatives include Purpose School, a program for leaders exploring the intersections of purpose and social impact, and the Advisors of Color in Philanthropy Network, a movement to bring diversity into the philanthropic advising sector.

Dien’s research and teaching focus on access and growth of philanthropic advising in the U.S. and Asia. Before joining the College, she worked in several wealth management firms and held executive positions in regional and global development organizations. Dien is on the boards of The 1990 Institute, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA). She is on the advisory boards of the Asia Society of Northern California (ASNC), GlobalSF, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, and Arowana Impact Fund.

She holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation from The American College of Financial Services and the Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®) designation from NAEPC. She received her LL.M. in International Law at Golden Gate University, her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Adrian College.