Gao joined the Bush Foundation in November 2016 and coordinates Foundation-wide professional development activities, as well as the talent selection process.
Prior to joining the Foundation, she spent ten years in state government serving Minnesota's dislocated workers through direct service, education, and administering state and federal grants. Her background also includes experiences in early childhood and elementary education where her love of making learning fun continues to guide her in her role at the Foundation.
Gao's family includes her partner, two children, many pets and lots of extended family. They enjoy exploring Minnesota parks and landmarks, local restaurants and traveling.