Welcome to Kevin Cao’s website!
Kevin Cao is a Global Development Studies major at UVA. A Jefferson Scholar, Echols Scholar, and Meriwether Lewis Fellow, Kevin has been recognized for his leadership and scholarship across diverse local, national, and international platforms.
One of Kevin’s earlier accomplishments, co-founding non-profit Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE), remains a touchstone of his overall approach to community development. Kevin Cao now serves on the Board of Directors and helps the organization continue to strategically grow its impact on 1000+ students across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. GIVE is the largest student led nonprofit in the Washington, D.C. area and has received press coverage and praise from news outlets such as Washington Post, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Virginia Business Magazine. The organization has organized many projects such as book drives for SAT, ACT, and college prep books and tutoring to give students in the area access to every educational opportunity possible.
Recently, Kevin Cao conducted an interdisciplinary research project in Siuna, Nicaragua. The project, which ran from 2014 to 2016, was centered on expanding efficacy of water infrastructure in Central America. He secured 200,000 in research grants and collaborated with NGO Bridges To Community to evaluate rural water and infrastructure. He was honored by President Bill Clinton at the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University for his research.
Kevin Cao’s experiences abroad, as well as his longtime interest in foreign policy and diplomatic work, have inspired him to pursue teaching abroad opportunities. He is also an avid traveler, having been to Vietnam, India, Malaysia, and Europe and has plans to travel to Iceland and England soon. He is currently planning his next travel adventure.
In summer of 2016, Kevin worked as an intern at a major consulting firm in Silicon Valley. Previously, Kevin Cao also completed internships with the Bank of America, the YMCA, the University of Virginia, and George Mason University. He is also involved in many other community organizations including The Salvation Army, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity. Much of his community work is inspired by his faith.
Kevin Cao also enjoys walking in U.S. National parks and hopes to get his barber license one day.