Prof. Quan Cao


Cao Anh Quan is one of the leading nationally and internationally recognized ESOL, cross-cultural counseling trainers.  He designs and writes curricula, conducts leadership training, facilitates strategic planning and mind-mapping, and performs process evaluations of programs across the USA and in 6 other countries.

Quan’s extensive background and experience in education, cross-cultural human services and community and leadership development include consultancies with private sector multinationals (Siemens, AT&T, Ford Motors, American Express, Scholastic, Center for Applied Linguistics, Houghton-Mifflin, College Board) and public sector institutions (State Departments of Social Services, Education, Health, and Mental Health in 45 states and federal agencies, including NIMH, NCBE, OBEMLA, USHHS, USDOS, USINS).  He is well known with CBO and NGO Board of Directors for his mediation and facilitation skills in the areas of strategic planning, consensus decision building, and team mindmapping.

In addition to his visiting professorship at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University, he is currently the Managing Partner of Spectrum Knowledge East Coast, and the Senior Clinical Associate of Cao & Associates.

In his capacity since 2003 as the lead consultant for NAVASA’s NECSH/ORR Project and the strategic planner for Houston-based VCSA, he continues to offer expertise and assistance to CBOS, ECBOs and FBOs in grantsmanship, fundraising and development, mind-mapping, strategic planning, group facilitation, mediation training and CIPP evaluation.

Quan’s health and mental health work include bilingual paraprofessional training projects in Colorado, Kansas City, Iowa, Utah and Texas projects, including a community-based anti-gang leadership program in Dallas with the Department of Justice and a cultural video archiving project in Salt lake City with the Division of Libraries and the Humanities Council.

His published works include Forgiveness & Forgetfulness: a symbolic and rehabilitative relationship between society and individuality, Inside Out: Leadership Training for Parents of Exceptional Children, Re-defining: A Book of Questions for the Millennium and In The Echo Chamber are currently in press.

Mr.  Quan earned an International Baccalaureate from Lycee Pasteur, Saigon, a Bachelor of Arts in French, German and International Affairs, a Master of Arts in Transformational Grammar and Existential Theatre, and a Ph.D.(AbD) in Multilingual Multicultural Instructional design and Program Evaluation from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.



Follow us on


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Email Sign-up


Invest In Our Future. Make A Gift To "500 in 5" Fund.


Donate Online:


Donate By Mail:

6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 100
Falls Church, VA 22041
Attn: 500 in 5