Hans How, Governing Board
Current Employer & Position Title: New Island Capital, Impact Investor
Years Served on Governing Board: 2021
Hans How works at the intersection of impact investing, affordable housing, sustainability, and community development at New Island Capital. He oversees a global portfolio of mission-aligned projects that seek to improve the quality, resilience, and vitality of our communities as well as restore planetary health.
As a gay Asian immigrant community leader, Hans cofounded and campaigned for the historic passage of Proposition C: Commissions For All, a ballot measure that will give all San Franciscans, regardless of immigration status, a voice, representation, and equal rights to serve on city commissions and advisory bodies. After Prop C was successfully passed by voters, Hans was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the Housing Commissioner to provide oversight of city funds to develop permanently affordable housing in the City and County of San Francisco.
Born and raised in Malaysia, Hans is a proud first-generation college graduate from Wesleyan University, where he earned full scholarships from the Freeman Foundation and the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce.
For his work on AsylumConnect, Hans has been a featured speaker on LGBTQ+ rights and immigrant rights through national outlets including Forbes, Teen Vogue, The Daily Beast, The Bay Area Reporter, Upswell, and Lavender Law.
Before joining the governing board of directors, Hans previously served as the volunteer Vice President of AsylumConnect from June 2017 – May 2021.