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San Mateo County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Trustee Area 4

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Rod Hsiao

County Board of Education Trustee
138,893 votes (46.31%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Develop innovative ways to support student education and mental health.
  • Balance the budget and ensure maximum educational impact.
  • Provide equitable educational support for underserved students.



Profession:Non-profit CEO
CEO, (2014–current)
Trustee, San Mateo County Board of Education — Elected position (2006–current)
Vice-President of Strategy and Operations, BUILD (2009–2013)
Council-member, U.S. SBA Council for Underserved Communities — Appointed position (2011–2012)
Leadership Committee, Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (Big Lift) — Appointed position (2007–2011)
Chief Operating Officer, National Heritage Institute (2005–2007)
Commissioner, First 5 Commission San Mateo County — Appointed position (2006–2007)
Chief Operating Officer, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (2003–2004)
Member, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, Vision Leadership Team — Appointed position (1997–1998)
Legislative Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives (1998–1992)


Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), Business and Technology Policy (1994)
Oberlin College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1987)



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, a non-profit edtech start-up 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 his schooling and on-the-job learning and seeks to give the next generation similar opportunities to grow, learn, and succeed.

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 A.T. 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
  • Helped co-found 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 advisor in the US House of Representatives

Appointed to leadership positions in community-based organizations including:

  • 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 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 public schools.

For more details: Rod’s Linkedin profile

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sierra Club
  • San Mateo Daily Journal
  • San Mateo County Democratic Party

Organizations (2)

  • San Mateo County Asian Pacific Islander Caucus
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council

Elected Officials (13)

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Senator Scott Wiener
  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Assemblymember Phil Ting
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman
  • Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
  • Fmr. Superintendent of Schools Jean Holbrook
  • Fmr. Superintendent of Schools Anne Campbell
  • Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee
  • Fmr. Senator Joe Simitian
  • Fmr. Assemblymember Rich Gordon
  • Fmr. Assemblymember Gene Mullin

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