ILF Congratulates Elaine Chao on Her Nomination as Secretary of Transportation

November 29, 2016

Contact: Soo Kyung Koo


ILF Congratulates Elaine Chao on Her Nomination as Secretary of Transportation

Washington D.C. – The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is pleased that President-elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine L. Chao, for transportation secretary. Trump has said infrastructure redevelopment is a priority.  Chaowill oversee the massive program Trump is planning to rebuild bridges, roads and other infrastructure.

Secretary Chao was the first Asian Pacific American (APA) woman in U.S. history to hold a cabinet position. She was the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2008 and Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission under President George H. W. Bush.

Including herself and her dad Dr. James S. C. Chao, her family has also been the symbol of the American Dream. Chao is the Chairperson of the Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Foundation in memory of the late Mrs. Mulan Chu Chao, her mother.  They have promoted philanthropic and trailblazer efforts, such as building the Harvard Business School Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center.

Secretary Chao is currently serving as the honorary Chairwoman of the ILF which promotes the civic awareness, public service, and economic development of the next generation of Asian Pacific Americans. Chiling Tong, the Founding President of ILF said, “In addition to being the first Asian Pacific American woman to be appointed to the President’s cabinet, Secretary Chao was also a great Deputy Secretary of Transportation. She has extensive experience in transportation.  She will help improve our country’s infrastructure and create more jobs.  This is wonderful news for the Asian Pacific American community. ”

Dr. Paul Hsu, Chairman of ILF and a member of President-elect Trump’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee said, “She is an absolutely hard-working professional and inspirational leader. Most of all, she knows how to manage government agencies. She will make another legacy.”

About ILF 

The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) has promoted the civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community as a non-profit organization. Our mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils in 15 cities and two continents, comprised of professional, civic and business leaders.  Since its founding in 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and leadership training for thousands of talented APA college students from across the country. For more information, please visit