Senator Ling Ling Chang
california millennial caucus co-chair emeritus (R-diamond bar)
Ling Ling Chang represented the 55th Assembly District in the state Legislature and served as Vice Chair of the Rules Committee as well as Republican Whip. Additionally, she served on the Appropriations Committee, and as an inaugural member of the Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee. Assemblywoman Chang was also appointed to serve on the Finance Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG-West) for the 2015-16 session.
Prior to the Legislature, Assemblywoman Chang served on the Diamond Bar City Council and as a Board member and former President of the Walnut Valley Water District. During her time on the City Council she served as Mayor, and as a delegate to the Southern California Association of Governments and the League of California Cities – Los Angeles Division, of which she was elected President. Assemblywoman Chang also served on the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and previously served on the Diamond Bar Parks and Recreation Commission, and as an appointee of the Governor to the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.
Ling Ling Chang was most recently President & CEO of the Youth Science Center, a non-profit education organization that focuses on strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum and education in local schools. She also focused on public health and health policy during her time as Executive Director of United Family Services Center.
As a project manager for a health information systems firm, Assemblywoman Chang developed software products for the health information management and clinical documentation industries. She consulted for and trained physicians, system administrators and medical staff at various hospitals and medical facilities throughout Southern California.
With broad experience in public service and non-profit leadership supported by a background in private sector innovation, Ling Ling Chang serves on the Board of Cal Poly Pomona’s Partners-in-Education and has served on their National Development Council. She was also a member of the US Army Los Angeles Advisory Board and is a National Fellows Alumnus with the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute.
The Assemblywoman has received recognition from the State of California, various city partners throughout California, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the YWCA and many other community organizations. Chang herself was chosen in 2006 as one of the Legislature’s Women of the Year. By the end of her first year in the Legislature, Assemblywoman Chang was named California’s inaugural STEMx Policy Fellow, part of a multi-state effort to put an emphasis on STEM education. In her time serving, Assemblywoman Chang has promoted the importance of STEM education through legislation. Her efforts include establishing the State Seal of STEM for high school students and celebrating Women and Girls in STEM Week every year in April in order to encourage more young female students to engage in STEM. She is also a proud Co-Chair for the California Future Caucus aimed at generating policies and solutions impacting younger generations.
Additionally, she was recognized as one of two “Tech Champions” in the Legislature by the Computing Technology Industry Association. Promoting the growth of the technology industry and use of technology in government has been a priority for the Assemblywoman as demonstrated by her legislative efforts to grow the sharing economy and development of self-driving cars. She proudly served as one of the founding members of the bi-partisan California Technology and Innovation Caucus.