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Kevin Cao

A Professional Introduction

Kevin Cao is a young professional pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies at UVA. A Jefferson Scholar, Echols Scholar, and Meriwether Lewis Fellow, Kevin leverages his passions for social, cultural, and technological progress both on and off campus.

In the summer of 2016, Kevin Cao worked as a summer intern at a major consulting firm in Silicon Valley. Now back at UVA for his fall semester, Kevin has resumed activities on campus. He is continuing his three-year fellows program with the Vice President of Student Affairs, Patricia Lampkin, and will see the completion of his $4.2M proposal for a new university student center.

Always one to take on the challenges of education and propose solutions, Kevin previously competed in the charter school design competition hosted by 4.0 Schools, New Schools for New Orleans, and Khan Academy in 2014. He attended the competition finalist round in New Orleans and developed a student-centered proposal with leaders in education policy.

Kevin has been involved with various campus organizations as an undergraduate. He gives tours of the UNESCO World Heritage site to visitors of the university as a tour guide in the University Guide Service, and served as President of the Asian Student Union at UVA.

Additionally, he worked alongside the U.Va. chapter of Engineering Students Without Borders to conduct a two-year pro-bono consulting project in Siuna, Nicaragua. Kevin secured over $20,000 in research grants and collaborated with NGO Bridges to Community to evaluate rural water infrastructure. Kevin was honored by President Bill Clinton at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University for his research.

Kevin Cao is a cofounder of Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE), the largest student-led 501(c)(3) non-profit in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Since 2009, the nonprofit has driven impact in the region through various projects, from free tutoring to book drives and summer education programs.

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Awards and Honors

Bank of America Student Leader

Deloitte Data Blitz Analytics Challenge Finalist

Northern Virginia Magazine: Northern Virginian of the Year

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Fairfax County Anthony H. Griffin Partnership Leader Award

Harry F. Byrd Jr. Leadership Award Finalist

To learn about Kevin’s other interests, visit his community development-oriented website or his international blog.