Launched in early 2015, San Francisco was established as the second branch of Young China Watchers in the United States. Strategically located next to Silicon Valley and some of the world's leading universities, YCW San Francisco attracts a diverse and highly engaged group of China-interested scholars, students, and professionals. Since its founding, YCW SF has hosted esteemed names such as:

- Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society
- Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University
- John Pomfret, The Washington Post
- Susan Shirk, Chair, 21st Century Project at University of California, San Diego
- Tom Fingar, Shorenstein APARC Fellow at Stanford University
- Harry Harding, Dean, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia
- Shirley Lin, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Virginia
- Vinod Aggarwal, Director of the APEC Study Center at University of California, Berkeley
- Andy Rothman, Investment Strategist, Matthews Asia


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