John S. and Marilyn Long

The creation of the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law exemplifies John and Marilyn Long's philanthropic vision and approach. As the U.S. and China become more interconnected with each other’s economy, the Longs recognize the need for a bilateral, open, and public platform from which Chinese and American scholars, industry leaders, policy makers and practitioners can share ideas and nurture a broader understanding of business, legal and socio-economic issues. The founding of the Long Institute is the result of the Longs recognition of the importance of fostering stronger and mutual understanding of commerce between the two economic superpowers.   

The Longs have a long history of impactful giving through their Long Family Foundation (LFF).  The LFF was formed in 1992 as a vehicle for the Longs to promote and provide financial support to religious, educational, cultural, and research endeavors that align with their values.  Through the years, the LFF has supported numerous organizations across the globe, such as endowing centers of education and research at major universities, funding Christian churches and missions, developing arts programs, granting scholarships, as well as creating and sponsoring initiatives that bridge U.S.-China relations. Their philanthropy is often characterized as active and engaging, and is intended to be catalytic and transforming. 

John Long is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highridge Partners, a diversified investment company specializing in identifying, providing capital to, and managing undervalued assets and corporate opportunities related to real estate. Since its inception in 1978, Highridge has acquired, developed, managed, owned and sold over $10 billion of commercial and residential real estate assets on a global basis.  Mr. Long has also encouraged the intellectual power of academics to pursue research and industry initiatives that would lead to redefining the role of real estate in the 21st century. In 2000, he created the Real Estate Center at UCLA, and serves as its Founding Chairman.

Mr. Long graduated with honors from UCLA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Mr. Long serves on the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors, the UCLA Anderson School of Management Board of Visitors, the Advisory Board of the Asia Society of Southern California and is a member of the Committee of 100, a non-partisan organization dedicated to bridging U.S.-China relations.

Marilyn Long serves as President and Executive Director of the Long Family Foundation. She received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of the Pacific and M.A. in Communication Disorders, cum laude, from California State University, Long Beach.  In addition to being a teacher, full time mother, and active community volunteer, Mrs. Long serves in various organizations and church leadership roles, and is an active board member of the Palos Verdes Art Center. The Longs have three adult children that are actively involved in various social initiatives as well.