Meet Dr. Chao Wu

Dr. Chao Wu is a scientist, engineer, programmer, analyst and now he is a 2018 Howard County Board of Education Candidate.  He can be reached by email: or phone: 240-481-9637, twitter: chaowu2016.

A Vote for Wu is a Vote for You

From a poor farmer’s family which barely made ends meet each year when he was young, Chao was able to see education as a way of improving his life and that of his family’s. He has been educated in three different countries worldwide in three different educational systems, first with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Science and Technology of China, next with a Master’s Degree from the National University of Singapore, and finally a Doctoral Degree from the University of Maryland. All three systems have a belief in education as a bridge to success, which Chao has embraced in his personal and professional life. It also gave him a strong commitment to public education and its value to its citizens.

Chao has been involved in Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). In 2016, he led a group of parents joining the HCPSS School Start Time Discussion and presented their recommendations to the Board of Education. In 2017, Chao joined the Board of Education (BOE) Operating Budget Review Committee and the committee provided several recommendations on how HCPSS can improve their budgeting process. Since 2015, Chao has testified in front of BOE several times for various important issues within HCPSS, such as enhancing the world language teaching, etc.

Chao is serving as an elected Council Representative and Board Member of Columbia Association (since 2015) and Board Member of River Hill Village Association (2012, and 2015-present). On both boards, he represents the full community and values residents’ feedback. He persists to ensure accountability for the Columbia Association’s nearly 70 million dollar budget (around 10% of HCPSS operating budget). He writes monthly on the River Hill “The Villager” and talks about issues related to our daily lives.

Chao also serves on the County Executive Allan Kittleman’s #OneHoward steering committee. He values both the diversity of our community and inclusion and harmony of all ideas.

Chao moved to Columbia in 2010 with his wife and has two little children attending local public schools. He currently works full time in a high-tech company in algorithm development and data analysis.

Chao is practical on issues and enthusiastic about being your voice in the Board of Education.

  1. He wants accountability of funding for current and future school programs.
  2. He wants to bring untapped resources to our schools and community.
  3. He wants the HCPSS Board & all HCPSS employees to work to ensure that every child will reach his/her full potential.

A Vote for Wu is a Vote for You — You the students, You the parents, You the teachers, You the residents, You the community.

The picture is credited to Leo Liang.

The 2018 BOE campaign kickoff speech is here:

By Authority of Friends of Chao Wu, Treasurer: Ying Wang

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