Meet Xiaoan

Of my many projects—which include spiritual leadership development, healing democracy, and spiritual development in the context of higher education—I really enjoy helping build an ecosystem for the spiritual development of children and youth. That body of work focuses on the question of how to promote the spiritual and moral development of young people in and through U.S. pre-K and K - 12 schools with the goal of better integrating the head and the heart, the mind, the body, and the soul.

Prior to my work at the Institute, I held numerous teaching and leadership positions in educational institutions in China and the United States. I received my PhD in higher education and organizational change at the University of California, Los Angeles.

My passion towards working with young people naturally includes two of my own: David and Clare. Playing baseball with David and reading together with Clare are my favorite things to do in the world. When I have time to spare, I play basketball and daydream about playing for the New York Knicks.