Support for Public School Funding
Like many parents, Barry and his wife, Sue, wanted their children to have a good public education so they decided to move to Cupertino in 1985. Both Sue and Barry helped in classrooms and school events. Barry served on the Cupertino PTA Board and School Site Council. He helped establish the Lincoln Education Endowment Fund for ongoing school fundraising efforts.
Cupertino Union School District Board Member
At the urging of his friends in 1995, Barry ran for and won a seat on the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees. He won his re-election bid in 1999—receiving the highest number of votes in that race.
Barry initiated and established the popular Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP).
Barry also helped stop the sale of surplus school sites and alleviated school overcrowding. As one of the lowest funded districts in California, the Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) now has a strong track record of superb student academic performance.
Barry's wife Sue, Barry, Barry’s Mom, son, Howard, first daughter, Aileen and 2nd daughter, Alice at Aileen’s graduation ceremony from Optometry School, UC Berkeley.
Public Service Leadership
After serving on the CUSD Board, Barry was appointed as a Cupertino Public Safety Commissioner and served 4 years. In 2009, Barry ran for Cupertino City Council and was elected with the second highest number of votes. He was re-elected in 2014 with the highest number of votes and became Cupertino Mayor in December 2015.
Barry played a key role in approving Apple’s $5 billion Campus 2 Project, now known as Apple Park. Barry’s leadership skills in these negotiations helped generate more money for the city and strengthening Apple’s commitment to grow in Cupertino -- a win-win solution for Cupertino and Apple.
Hung Wei and Santa Clara County Board of Education Candidate Barry Chang at the Fremont Union High School District Adult School opening ceremony August 28, 2018.