DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

SECRETARIES

FORMER SECRETARIES


[photo, Edward Chow, Jr., Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs] EDWARD CHOW, JR.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2009-15

Secretary of Veterans Affairs, September 1, 2009 to January 21, 2015. Retired January 21, 2015. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2009-15. Chair, Governor's Commission on Military Monuments, 2009-15; Maryland Veterans Trust, 2013-15; Governorís Warrior to Worker Council, 2010-15.


Edward Chow, Jr., Secretary of Veterans Affairs, November 2009. Photo by Richard Lippenholz.


Member, Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board, 2009-11; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-12; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2009-14; Commission on the Establishment of a Maryland Women in Military Service Monument, 2009-14; Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 2009-15; Maryland Military Installation Council, 2010-15; Task Force on Military Service Members, Veterans, and the Courts, 2012-14; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs, 2009-15; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2009-15; Maryland Commission on Suicide Prevention, 2009-15. Member, Superintendent's [Secretary of State Police] Council of Advisors on Diversity and Inclusion, 2012-15.

Director of Emergency Services, State of Washington, 1979-81.

Adjudicator and loan service representative, Seattle Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 1987-89.

City Adminstrator, City of Kent, Washington, 1989-92.

Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor, Office of Policy and Planning, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 1993-2001.

Member, Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs, District of Columbia, 2002-09.

Born in New York, New York, March 29, 1939. Served in U.S. Army, 1962-67 (Germany, Vietnam; captain; bronze star); U.S. Army Reserve, 1956-60. Seattle University, B.A., 1967; University of Puget Sound, M.P.A., 1976. Certificate of Planning for Nuclear Emergencies, Harvard University, 1980. Certificate, Public Executive Institute, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1991. Portfolio manager & investment advisor, Bache & Company, Shearson, Hammill & Company, 1968-74. Chair, Council of Presidents, Vietnam Veterans of America, 1987-89 (president, washington state council, 1986-90; national board of directors, 1991-93). Member, District of Columbia Chapter, Organization of Chinese Americans, 1993-. Regional Board of Governors, Greater Capital Area, National Japanese-American Memorial Foundation, 1998-2001. National Vice-President, Vietnam Veterans of America, 2001-05. President, Maryland State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America, 2006-09. Director of Programs, Asian-Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, 2008-09. Member, Hispanic War Veterans Association. Life Member, Disabled American Veterans; Japanese American Veterans Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Vietnam Veterans of America. President's Executive Award, Washington State Council, Vietnam Veterans of America, 1992. Legion of Honor, Chapel of Four Chaplains, 2000. Public Servant Award, International Leadership Foundation, 2015. Two children; three grandchildren.

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