Dr. Liang-Fang “Liang” Chao (趙良方) and her husband Weixun Cao have lived in Cupertino for over 20 years, raising their two sons who attend local schools. She is now an elected member of the Cupertino Union School District Board of Education, where she regularly interfaces with the community on issues of concern and brings them to the attention of the school district administration.
Liang holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University, and has taught at the university level in the United States and abroad prior to moving to Silicon Valley. After a career in high-tech, Liang now devotes her time to education and community issues.
In 2017, Liang received the CREST (Cupertino Recognizes Extra Steps Taken) Award from the City of Cupertino for her contributions to our community.
Liang has a passion for volunteering, and particularly enjoys serving children and young adults. Some of her volunteer activities include:
Teaming up with millenials to teach Computer Science to underprivileged high school students in East San Jose.
Selected to be an EnCorps fellow. The EnCorps STEM Teachers Fellowship recruits, selects, develops and supports the best and brightest STEM professionals as an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high needs schools.
Volunteers with the DeAnza Lions Club and is Chair of the 2019 Ride4Diabetes event.
Regularly volunteers at voter registration drives for new citizens in partnership with the Asian Law Alliance.
Currently a Board member of YMCA Camp Campbell, an outdoor residence camp program, dedicated to serving the community and underprivileged children.
B.S. Computer Engineering, National Chiao Tung University
Ph.D. Computer Science, Princeton University
Board Member, YMCA Camp Campbell, 2016-present – outdoor science education & overnight camps
Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1994
Community Involvement and Advocacy (ongoing)
Representative for CUSD Board in Safe-Route-to-School (SR2S) meetings in Cupertino and Sunnyvale
Member, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
General Chair of 2019 Ride4Diabetes , De Anza Lions Club
City Planning Policies:
Co-founder of Better Cupertino - a community group for transparency, accountability and community engagement in local government
2018 Housing Chair, League of Women Voters, Southwest Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Member, Livable California – 9-county group for local control in planning decisions
Science and Technology Education
Volunteer Teacher with TEALS to teach Computer Science in high schools, serving underprivileged students
EnCorps Fellow (STEM Teachers Program) for STEM classes
Member, De Anza Lions Club
Volunteer for food distribution at Second Harvest Food Bank
Volunteer for voter registration at Citizenship Ceremony with Asian Law Alliance
Leadership Education (completed)
ALF School Board Leadership Academy, 2018
Sheriff’s Communication Academy, 2017
CEO, MindX (current, a startup for education enrichment & technology)
Software Engineer, Quickturn and then Cadence Design Systems, 18 years.
Visiting Researcher, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 2 years.
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 3 years.
Skiing, biking, hiking and visiting beaches with family and friends.
I used to love ballroom dancing, swimming, gardening, and painting. Now I only have time to take cellphone photos of what I appreciate since my new hobby is volunteering.