Purpose and Mission

Education First

The Foremost Foundation was created by Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao and Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao.  Their work continues today throughout the family with the single most important goal of the organization to help young people access higher education and greater opportunities generally, while also supporting health care initiatives and U.S.-Asia cultural exchanges.

All six of Dr. and Mrs. Chao’s daughters received undergraduate and graduate degrees from prestigious American universities including four who attended the MBA Program at Harvard Business School (HBS): The Honorable Elaine L. Chao: Mt. Holyoke College. HBS; Jeanette Chao: Smith College. MBA, College of William and Mary; May Chao: Wellesley College. HBS; Christine Chao: Colgate University. JD, Columbia Law School; Grace Chao: Wellesley College. HBS. Ph.D. in Anthropology, Columbia University; Angela Chao: Harvard College. HBS.

Family photo of Dr. James S. C. Chao, Chairman, Foremost Group, & Benefactor (center) with dignitaries celebrating dedication of Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, Harvard University. Boston, MA: Harvard University President Drew Faust; Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria; Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; U. S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; U. S. Senator Ed Markey. The Chao daughters: May Chao, 4th from left; Grace Chao, 4th from right; Angela Chao, 5th from right, Christine Chao, 6th from right; Elaine Chao, 7th from right.
Photo: Susan Young