Virginia Chang Kiraly
Virginia was inspired to create Ring The Bell Fund after discovering that schools in her community, including her children’s school, had school fire alarms that were not monitored and connected to any kind of first responder, such as a fire department or fire district. In 2011, when she was elected to the Menlo Park Fire Protection Board, one of her highlighted issues was to help connect school fire alarms to a first responder and bring awareness to this issue, since most parents assume that school fire alarms are actually connected. Established in 2012, Ring The Bell Fund’s mission is to advocate, educate, and raise funds for school fire alarms to be connected to first responders and for automatic sprinklers to be installed in schools.
Virginia earned her B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development. She served on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for two years from 2007-2009 and as Foreperson from 2008-2009. She has fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country’s leading financial institutions.
Virginia serves on the nonprofit boards of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, California State Parks Foundation, and Sequoia High School Education Foundation. She is a member of the San Mateo County Community College District’s Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Sequoia Union High School District’s Career Technical Education Steering Committee. She is a guest lecturer on “Women & Management” at Notre Dame de Namur.
A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Ken, live in unincorporated West Menlo Park with their two sons and adopted family dog. Upon her election to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board in 2011, Virginia is the second woman in the 96-year history of the fire district to serve on the board.