September 6, 2019
Washington, DC— J. May Liang, who has served on the Folger Board of Governors since 2015, has been elected to a three-year term as its chair. Her nomination cited not only her devotion to the Folger, but also her skills and experience as a lawyer, business executive, and founder of start-up internet companies.
"What I love about the Folger is that it is designed to ensure people understand how Shakespeare is relevant to the 21st century,” says Liang. “Shakespeare is accessible to everyone—all ages, all ethnicities—and the themes that Shakespeare writes about are universal. He writes about love, friendship, loyalty, revenge, power—all of that is applicable today and will be applicable four hundred years from now. My role is to encourage and support Director Michael Witmore’s vision, and help the Folger become the best of itself.”
A specialist in intellectual property, technology licensing, telecommunications, and employment law, Liang is currently General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer for OpenConcept Systems, Inc., a mobile conference app development company. She also serves on a number of other boards, including the Epilepsy Foundation, the Stanford University Law School’s Dean Advisory Council, and the University of Michigan Law School Development and Alumni Relations Committee.
“May brings a wealth of experience in Board leadership to the role of Chair,” says Michael Witmore, the Folger’s director. “She cares deeply about history, literature, and the Folger’s mission. I look forward to working with her.”
Liang and her husband, Jim Lintott, have been members of the Renaissance Circles leadership society for nearly 15 years. They co-chaired the Folger Gala in 2016, and recently made a $1 million commitment to the Wonder of Will capital campaign, agreeing to sponsor Folger First Folio 55, the first acquired by Henry and Emily Folger.
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