Meet Dr. Chao Wu

I am Dr. Chao Wu.  I am running for Maryland State Delegate of District 9A in Nov. 2022, representing part of Howard and Montgomery Counties. I am a data scientist, a husband, a father of two public school children, an immigrant, and a community volunteer. I currently serve on the Howard County Board of Education (BOE) (Term 2018-2022). 

I have been serving on the Howard County Board of Education (BOE) since 2018. I served as  the Board chair, sat on the BOE Audit Committee and Howard County Spending Affordability Committee, and was elected as Board of Director of Maryland Association of Board of Education (MABE).  As the board chair, I have been working with a pragmatic and analytical approach and a long-term vision.

In the past around four years, I, together with the board, have successfully

  1. remedied a multi-year budget shortfall,
  2. kept fighting for better APFO and revealed errors in the currently used, decade-long allocation formula,
  3. constructed and renovated three schools and purchased and negotiated two new school sites,
  4. eliminated more than 50 million dollars’ health fund deficit and enforced a better fiscal discipline consequentially,
  5. supported and upheld school safety, and maintained safe operations in public schools during the tumultuous times of the COVID-19 pandemic,
  6. reoriented greater support for reading proficiency and dyslexia education, and continuous support for special education,
  7. revised school policies with the focus to support students and expanded high school career academy to more than 20 programs,
  8. improved high school graduation rate to 94.05% in 2021, which exceeds the Maryland average of 87.2% and the highest rate since 2011,
  9. implemented a concrete plan to start high school later in 2023 to support all students,
  10. reformed board operations to be more efficient,
  11. listened to students, teachers, parents and communities, and appreciated their inputs all the time.

I am an avid community volunteer. Prior to my service on the Howard County BOE, I served on the River Hill Village board and the Columbia Association board. With my long time public service experience, I am well prepared in  serving constituents and making policies. 

My rich and diverse educational, professional, and life experiences equip me with pragmatic, balanced, and diverse problem-solving skills. Coming from a low-income family, I eventually received my Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a master’s degree from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).  Being trained as a data scientist, I thrive at producing fact-based, cooperative, long-term, and innovative solutions to the many social and economic challenges in our great state of Maryland.

My platform comprises the following key components:

  • Improve education system and revise the state funding formulas to reflect the population growth
  • Build better infrastructure and protect environment
  • Strengthen community safety and enhance public health
  • Address workforce challenges and create more jobs to increase social mobility

I will bring forward policies that benefit middle-class families and those trying to rise out of poverty, while these two groups have often been neglected in the legislative process. I will also strive to find common grounds for diverse opinions, and to create a shared vision for all Marylanders.

I am looking forward to having your support.  Together, we will make Maryland a better place for us all!

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Authorized By Friends to Elect Chao Wu, Treasurer : Xia Chen.

Disclaimer: Everything I post here will be my opinion only. It does not represent the opinion of Howard County Board of Education unless it clearly states that. Unless it is authored by me, it does not represent my official position.

Dr. Chao Wu is a data scientist, Howard County Board of Education member and a community volunteer. For private issues, he can be reached by email: or twitter Wu4Delegate.

For official business, please reach out to the official email And HoCo BOE email is .