Doreen Woo Ho is currently a Commissioner of the San Francisco Port Commission, having served previously as President of the Commission from January 2012-January 2014 and appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee in May, 2011. She also serves as an independent Director of the Boards of US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) and Hercules Capital (NYSE:HTGC). USB is the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States with assets over $440 Billion. Hercules Capital is the largest specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured venture growth loans to high-growth, innovative venture capital-backed companies in a broad variety of technology, life sciences and sustainable and renewable technology industries. Since inception Hercules has committed more than $6.1 billion to over 350 companies.
She also serves as a board member of the San Francisco Opera and recently co-chaired the Community Council for the successful world premiere of the Dream of the Red Chamber. She is a founding board member of APIASF (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Advisory Board). Woo Ho previously served on the boards of C100 (Committee of 100) the Hamlin School, the San Francisco Zoo, International Institute of Education, the World Affairs Council and Fort Mason Center.
She is a seasoned national executive with over 35 years of commercial and consumer banking experience. She is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Commercial Bank
(“UCB™”) UCB was a $12 Billion+ community bank , serving the Asian American community with 70 + branches in 6 states and offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
Prior to UCB she was engaged by Wells Fargo & Company (1998-2008) as the President of the Consumer Credit Group, overseeing the $100 Billion + Home Equity, Personal Credit, Student Loans portfolios and the $1 Trillion + Corporate Trust servicing portfolio. She was also an EVP responsible for Enterprise Marketing across Wells Fargo and a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee. Prior to Wells Fargo, she was a Senior Vice President with Citibank, holding multiple management positions in corporate banking, marketing, retail banking, consumer & mortgage lending, and small business banking.
Before joining Citibank, Ms. Woo Ho was a correspondent for Time magazine and CBS Radio News based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
During her tenure with Wells Fargo, Ms. Ho was the highest ranked Asian American banker in North America among the top five banks.. In October 2007, Ms. Ho was ranked among the top five of the 25 “Most Powerful Women in Banking” by US Banker Magazine, recognition that she received consecutively for five years from 2003. That same year, she was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s 100 Most Influential Women, an honor she received every year from 2003 through 2009.
Ms. Ho is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University. She is married to James K. Ho, Board President of Chinese Hospital and former Deputy Mayor of San Francisco.