Stephen Cheung leads World Trade Center Los Angeles, which attracts foreign direct investment into L.A. County, provides trade facilitation and increases exports out of L.A. County; all of which drives innovation, jobs creation and prosperity for the region’s communities and residents.
Mr. Cheung was most recently the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs and Trade for City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and was responsible for managing policies and programs related to Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs and Global Trade. Mr. Cheung was also the lead organizer for Mayor Garcetti’s international trade missions to China, Japan, Korea and Mexico.
Concurrently, Mr. Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles – the busiest container port in North America, where he was responsible for developing programs to increase trade through the Port of Los Angeles and facilitate goods movement throughout the region. He also served as Managing Director of International Trade and Clean Technology for former Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, where he was responsible for enhancing international trade opportunities for Los Angeles-based companies, and expanding the city’s role as a leader in international trade, entertainment, tourism, manufacturing and professional services. In this position, Mr. Cheung served as the City of L.A.’s lead organizer for the historic visit to Los Angeles by Chinese President, Xi Jinping in 2012.
A proud Angeleno, Stephen Cheung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles where he received both his Bachelor’s in Psychobiology and Master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA. He currently teaches a course on public policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, and serves on the Advisory Council of USC’s Center for International Business Education and Research and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. Mr. Cheung is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.