Virginia Chang Kiraly has the privilege of holding dual office in San Mateo County as Vice President of the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners and as a Director of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors.
In November 2015, she was appointed to the harbor district board, which serves all residents of San Mateo County. With her financial and business background, she has driven the fiscal policy for the board to effectively use reserve funds for conservation purposes, successfully negotiate a fair contract with employees, and untangle and define enterprise funds and public funds for the Harbor District’s budget. Also known for her work as an advocate of good government, she has made the board more accountable and transparent to taxpayers and provided leadership to have the harbor district board comply with California’s Brown Act. Upon her appointment, she is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the harbor district board.
In 2011, Virginia was elected to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which serves Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and sections of unincorporated San Mateo County. As the past president of the fire district and under her leadership, a contract was successfully negotiated with the firefighters after seven years of the district and firefighters having no contract. Upon her election to the fire board in 2011, she became the second woman in the 100-year history of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to serve on the board. In 2015, she had an uncontested race and is currently serving her second term on the fire board. She is a licensed ham radio operator.
Virginia earned her B.A. in Government with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development. She served on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for two years from 2007-2009 and as Foreperson from 2008-2009. Virginia has fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country's leading financial institutions.
In 2015, Virginia was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence.” She serves on the boards of the California State Parks Foundation, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as president of the El Camino Youth Symphony. She was a member of the San Mateo County Community College District’s Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Sequoia Union High School District’s Career Technical Education Steering Committee. Virginia has been a guest lecturer on “Women & Management” at Notre Dame de Namur. She is a graduate of Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber’s Leadership Program, Class of 2009.
A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She is a former concert pianist. For fun, she likes to knit, stitch, run, read, and write. Virginia and her husband, Ken, live in unincorporated West Menlo Park and are the proud parents of two sons and their adopted family dog.