2017 CREST award video produced by the City of Cupertino

Candidates for City Council are featured in this video produced by the City of Cupertino, including Liang Chao.

 Liang and her family

Liang and her family

 Engaging the community and encouraging community involvement

Engaging the community and encouraging community involvement

 Representing parents and the community as an elected Cupertino Union School District trustee

Representing parents and the community as an elected Cupertino Union School District trustee

About Liang

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.


Liang's Biography:

Education

Elected/Advisory Board

Awards

Community Involvement and Advocacy (ongoing)
Environmental Protection:

  • 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:

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

Community Services

Leadership Education (completed)

Employment

  • 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.

Hobbies

  • 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.