Rod Hsiao (pronounced SH-ou as in "shout") has served 14 years as a Trustee on the San Mateo County Board of Education. In his day job, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of InPlay, an edtech non-profit that boosts access to out-of-school learning programs and scholarships for underserved youth.
As the son of Chinese immigrants, he delivered newspapers and worked in factories to help pay for college. He values all of his education and on-the-job learning and seeks to give the next generation similar opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed.
Rod has been a San Mateo County resident for 22 years. He and his wife, Linda, live in downtown San Mateo and raise two young boys who attend local public schools.
Below is a summary of his experience.
Experienced Leader and Problem-Solver
- Held executive management posts at nonprofit organizations (BUILD, CompassPoint)
- 7 years of management consulting at SRI Consulting and Kearney to global Fortune 100 businesses in financial management, strategy, marketing and organizational development
Dedicated to Education
- Serving his 14th year as Trustee on the San Mateo County Board of Education
- Appointed Commissioner on First 5 San Mateo County
- Managed instructional programs for immigrant adults and children
- Co-founded CAPAL, a 31 year-old DC nonprofit for students interested in public policy
- Volunteered as academic tutor, youth group leader, Cub Scout Den Leader
Strong Community Advocate and Legislative Experience
- 5 years as a legislative assistant in the US House of Representatives
- Appointed to leadership positions in various public service organizations including:
- U.S. Small Business Administration's Council on Underserved Communities
- The Big Lift/Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council
- Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network
- CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
- California Democratic Party Executive Board
- Governing board positions on other nonprofits and charitable foundations.
Rod graduated with a BA from Oberlin College and an MPP from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
For more details: Rod’s Linkedin profile