Angela Chao is Deputy Chairman of Foremost Group, an international shipping and transportation company located in New York. She also serves as President of The Foremost Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by her father Dr. James S.C. Chao.
Angela Chao completed her undergraduate studies in economics at Harvard College in 1994, obtaining her degree in only three years. Upon graduation, she entered the field of investment banking, joining the mergers and acquisitions team of Smith-Barney, now Citigroup. Eager to be involved in international trade and shipping, Angela continued her education, graduating from Harvard Business School in 2001 with a MBA and became affiliated with the Foremost Group. Today she serves as its Deputy Chairman.
As Deputy Chairman of Foremost Group, Angela oversees the company’s overall strategy, chartering and operations.
Angela Chao spends considerable time as a lecturer in the US, Europe and Asia on topics of international economics, corporate leadership, philanthropy and US-China Trade. She is also a frequent speaker on the subject of technology in the classroom and the importance of advancing educational achievement throughout the world to ensure a strong economic and social future for generations to come.
Angela Chao has published several works on the topics of economics, and is a contributor to many print and online publications addressing the issues of international trade and shipping, education, technology and philanthropy.
Angela’s philanthropic endeavors are a natural outgrowth of her upbringing. Her parents instilled in their children a strong work ethic and sense of obligation to give back to the community. Her parents stressed the importance of education as the necessary foundation for achieving success in the world. It is only natural then that educational achievement and increasing access to high-quality education to qualified young people throughout the world would drive her many philanthropic endeavors, from serving on the Board of the Foremost Foundation, to her other board memberships, including Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board, Harvard Business School's Board of Dean's Advisors, The Met Opera and Chairman's Council of the Met Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, the Shanghai Mulan Education Foundation, the American Bureau of Shipping Council, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Board of Advisors, Honorary Chairperson of the Chiao-Tung University Alumni Association in America, and the Lincoln Center Global China Advisory Council. In her capacity as Board Member of the Foremost Foundation, Angela Chao helps to guide the foundation’s giving to various educational institutions, opening the door to many students who are without the economic means to engage in high-level learning.
Angela Chao is the youngest of six daughters born to immigrant Chinese parents. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and English, lives in New York City and is a fan of the opera and arts.