Jenny Gao

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Executive Director

Jenny Xia Gao has taught Chinese language and culture in America for more than 15 years.  She has instructed hundreds of military personnel and diplomats at government schools, and she is currently teaching Mandarin at McDaniel College.  She has also taught at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson and at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.  From 2019-2021 she was a Schedule C political appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation, working at the Office of the Secretary.


She has served as current 2020-2022 Vice President of the North America Chinese Writers Association, Greater D.C. Chapter (NACWA-DC).  A prodigious writer herself, Ms. Gao has published about 100 articles in various publications since 2017, including more than a dozen in the World Journal. 

Ms. Gao grew up in Hunan, China and graduated from Beijing Language and Culture University.  After spending several years working in Qingdao and Beijing, she immigrated to America in 2000 and earned an MBA with concentrations in Communications from the University of Massachusetts.  She relocated to Maryland in 2005 where she has been raising her family since. 

As an educator, she loves to share knowledge, and she particularly has an interest in helping bridge the cultural divides between the east and west.   In her spare time, she travels locally and attends cultural and literary workshops.  Her other loves include taking photography, trying a new restaurant, and her yoga class.