David Uy


David Uy is the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the National Asian Pacific American Museum.  

Previously, David Uy was the former executive director of the Chinese American Museum in Washington, DC where he has been a key player in establishing the first and only museum in our nation’s capital dedicated to the Chinese American story.

For more than three decades, he has championed a diverse range of social causes, consumer goods, and business-to-business products and services through hands-on leadership roles.  

He is a marketing, public relations, and development veteran with experience in national nonprofit and for-profit management, communications, and relationship building.  His role at Friends also draws on his work in creative and strategic marketing and public relations, organizational strategy, exhibit and event design, copywriting, speech writing, and campaign development.  

David served in leadership roles in several award-winning advertising and public relations firms; as Vice President of Marketing and Development for the legal technology company, CDS; and as Communications Director for The Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network. He served as the principal of the public relations agency, Brand Bureau, for twelve years.  

David has worked with and advised numerous organizations including The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Personal Care Products Council, Coastal States Organization, Washington Revels, Quality of Life Plus, Johns Hopkins University, Fannie Mae, The National Zoo, Sprint, The Wall Street Journal, Big Brothers Big Sisters, US Dept. of Energy, Bon Secours, and HCA Healthcare.  

In 2022, he was the recipient of the William and Mary Asian Centennial Alumni Award from The College of William and Mary in recognition of dedicated service, leadership, and advocacy of Asian and Pacific Islander issues that has advanced diversity, justice, and equality.

Prior to joining Friends as COO, David was a member of the FNAPAM’s Task Force of the National Museum of Asian Pacific American History & Culture, a group providing feedback applied to studying the feasibility and creation of the national museum.

David holds an MBA in Marketing Strategy and a BA in Fine Arts and Art History from The College of William and Mary.  

He is a second-generation Asian American born in Queens, New York City, with family originating in Xiamen, China and the Philippines.