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This page is intended to highlight news of the passing of any AEA members within the recent months. These individuals enriched our lives and our community. We are saddened by the loss and ask that you join us in remembering them fondly. If you have news to post here, please send to info@eval.org


Victor Kuo

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AEA mourns the loss of AEA member and former AEA Board Member (2011-2013), Victor Kuo. 

Victor Kuo was born in Los Angeles, California on October 28, 1970 to Moses and Mary Kuo and passed away on June 18, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. He married Annie Chanpong from Houston, Texas and was the proud father of Vivian Pearl Kuo. He greatly admired his older sister, Mercy Kuo. Victor attended public schools in Anaheim, California and graduated from Pomona College (B.A. 1992), Columbia Teachers College (M.A. 1993), and Stanford University (Ph.D. 1999). He felt most fulfilled as a public school teacher and pursued a career in philanthropy.

Victor was a consultant, researcher, and evaluator who advised philanthropic foundations and social purpose organizations in measuring their social impact. At his passing, he was Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Seattle Colleges which serves 45,000 students and is the largest community college system in Washington state. He founded VK Global Advising and led projects in strategic planning, evaluation, and organizational development. He traveled extensively to Greater China and was lead researcher for the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative and widely regarded as a respected authority on education and philanthropy evaluation.

Previously, he was a senior consultant with FSG Social Impact Advisors, evaluation officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and research associate in Evaluation and Learning Services at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He consulted on evaluation systems, planning, and conducting evaluations of projects in early childhood education, K-12 education, post-secondary education, conservation and the environment, arts and culture, health, and civil society. Dr. Kuo served on the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association and the Advisory Board of Great Nonprofits. In recent years, he was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Board Secretary of the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund.

As a Christian, Victor’s beliefs and values were grounded in the Bible, the living word of God, and expressed in his humanity and heart of giving and care for others. “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6.