ChIPs Network, Inc.
PO Box 190335
San Francisco, CA 94119-0335
Louise is responsible for ChIPs Operations and execution of the General Summit. Before joining ChIPs, Louise was the Associate Director at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) (at the University of California Berkeley) – for over a decade. Louise was the Program Manager of the Career Development Office and ran the On Campus interview program at Boalt Hall for 5 years before transitioning into BCLT. Louise’s roles at BCLT included student programming, employer outreach, and building a department that provides rich curriculum and events for students, attorneys, government officials, judicial organizations, and academics.
Prior to her work at Berkeley, Louise worked with premiere San Francisco law firms, in recruiting, MCLE, marketing, and business development, for 12 years, including Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Latham & Watkins, Bingham McCutchen, and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Louise has spent her career working with attorneys and appreciates the professionalism and will do attitude that comes from people in the legal profession.
Louise is studying for the PMP exam and working toward earning her Project Management Certificate at UC Berkeley to add to her Associate Degree. Louise is an only child whose extended cousins are like close brothers and sisters and Louise finds peace in spending time with family, including her loving husband and 2 teenage girls. Girl Scouts are still a part of their lives as is the beloved Kimba, the German Shepherd that sleeps on their pillow.
At ChIPs, Thao is responsible for running programs and events, communications, and operations. Thao comes with a diverse professional background, having worked in private, non-profit, and government organizations, with quite a bit of experience in the technology sector. Thao’s varied background makes her uniquely qualified for the multi-faceted work ChIPs undertakes.
Before joining ChIPs, Thao was accountable for deploying marketing campaigns and running events and trade shows for Affymetrix, serving the Asia Pacific commercial operations team. Prior to that she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Commercial Officer and General Counsel at Affymetrix, Life Science Company and Senior Human Resource Coordinator at KLA-Tencor, a semiconductor company.
As far as her experience in the federal sector, Thao worked as a Bilingual Recruitment Manager at Oakland Unified School District, and a Nutrition Counselor at WIC (Women, Infant, Children), a government food supplement program for low income families.
Thao received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from UC Davis. She is also a first generation immigrant and her family escaped Vietnam by boat in the mid-1980s. When she isn’t working she devotes her time to her family (including the ones with paws), and helping with various fundraising events.