David Yao is USCET’s special advisor in charge of staff matters as well as general operations.
Prior to joining USCET, David served as Senior Vice President of the Council for International Cooperation (CIC) in Washington DC., a non-profit organization founded by Anna Chennault (Chen Xiangmei) to promote better relationships and understanding between China and the United States. David was responsible for managing numerous on-going projects, as well as initiating new programs to enhance and promote US-China relationship, education, Chinese culture awareness, Asian American issues, and Mrs. Chennualt’s international legacy.
Trained in graphics design, David had worked as an Art Director with the public relations firm of Porter/Novelli. During his tenure with the firm, David designed the “Food Pyramid” commissioned by the United States Department of Agriculture, which was used by the United States Government to help promote healthy eating habits in America for over twenty years.
David has been involved in many aspects of community service. He currently serves as a Friends Council member of the Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler Gallery; a Board of Director member of the National Cherry Blossom Festival; a trustee of the Bel Cantanti Opera of Maryland. He is also a past-president of the Greater Washington DC chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, a national civic organization promoting the wellbeing of Americans of Chinese and Asian heritage.
David and his wife live in Bethesda, Maryland.