Dr. Zhang brings a passion for the arts, academic expertise, and an entrepreneurial energy to her current leadership position at Xian Yun. She earned a PhD in Chemistry, completed post-doctoral work at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab conducting research on lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles. In 2005, she embarked on a new career as an entrepreneur in the commercial sector. She was a founding member of the Xian Yun Academy California governing board and became Head of School in 2015. Indicative of her love of the classroom and building upon her expertise as a professionally trained scientist, she also teaches high school Chemistry. In her administrative capacity, she has been instrumental in reinvigorating established programs, introducing new concentrations, and attracting an unusually well-qualified faculty of which 85% hold Masters and Doctoral degrees in their respective fields.