Chong Wang recently announced his candidacy for a seat on the Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) board on the ballot Nov. 3.

Wang and his wife, An, have lived with their two school-aged sons in Pleasanton for six years. Wang said he chose Pleasanton for its safety, small-town charm and excellent schools.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science from Stanford University. He has been working in the high-tech sector for more than 20 years in various technical and managerial positions.

In addition to his work with the school district – including involvement on the Bond Oversight Committee and the Superintendent Budget Committee – Wang can point to a history of community service. In 2015, he volunteered as a Neighborhood Watch block captain. After the 2018 California fires, he organized local donations and trips to Paradise to deliver goods. He worked at the local Salvation Army distribution center and also served as a road warrior for the Amador Valley High School marching band.

“I am privileged to have had opportunities to give back to the schools and community that we love,” Wang said. “I want to further contribute to Pleasanton’s amazing schools as a board trustee. As the father of school-aged children, I believe I am uniquely poised to bring forward insights about school decisions from my perspective as a parent and with my experience as a technology leader. My vision is to support PUSD in continuing to be a top school district by providing high-quality educational and extracurricular programs for all students in a healthy and safe learning environment.”

As a school board member, Wang would focus on maintaining district health and safety, sustaining fiscal soundness, and improving communication and support for teachers, parents and students.

He noted that safety was more important than ever, given the ongoing pandemic.

“It is a critical that we explore innovative ways of teaching, while keeping teachers, students and staff in a safe environment,” Wang said. “It is essential we leverage the benefits of new technologies and tools to constantly advance our policies in adapting to this unprecedented situation. I can bring my technology experience to help create solutions.”

Wang stated that effective communication is also a mainstay of a successful district. As a manager at Oracle and a consultant at Verizon, Wang worked with large teams and complex challenges.

“As a board trustee, I will tap into my communication skills developed over two decades of leadership experience to better collaborate with different groups and drive changes,” he said. “I look forward to working with all parties – students, parents, teachers, the district and the City of Pleasanton – to foster a lasting, positive learning environment in our community. Together, we can provide students with full access to a high-quality education system, enabling them to pursue their chosen path post-graduation.” For more information, visit http://www.chong4PUSD.com.