Green Festival Speakers
Chao has been the Director of the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods since 2007. The Department's motto, Connecting people, communities, and government speaks to the values that Chao holds about Partnership as a tool for sustainability. Chao brings a varied experience to the Seattle City Government and Department of Neighborhoods; ten years as Executive Director for the nonprofit International District Housing Alliance, and previous work ranging from medical research, to international community development in Kenya. Chao studied Ecology and Evolution at the State University of New York Stony Brook, but received her Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington, and was a Community Development Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Community Fellows Program in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.