Dr. Jerry C.L. Chang is the founder and president of HUG (Humanity United Globally). He arned a B.S., M.S., D.Sc. in Engineering, and a Master's in Public and International Affairs.
He started his career as a structural engineer, building bridges among land masses. After a major responsibility in working out how to erect the St. Louis Arch, he began shifting his career to building bridges among peoples. He held positions as an associate in a large consulting engineering firm and at full professor rank in two major universities in the United States; an advisor to the National Universities in Nigeria and Ecuador; a vice president of the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and the East-West Center in Honolulu; the United Nations Representative in Paraguay with rank of ambassador; founder and president of the Hawaii Habitat for Humanity; executive director of World Vision Taiwan and vice president at large of World Vision International.
He founded and served as the president of Humanity United Globally. He traveled to about 100 countries and lived in seven. Born and raised in China, he came to the U.S. for graduate studies, staying to become a U.S. citizen.
In 1995 he founded and led the World Vision Youth Ambassadors (WVYA) program, which continued for a very successful 5 years. Today some 243 former Youth Ambassadors from 61 countries are serving around the world as peacemakers.
From 1999 until his passing, he devoted much of his time to promoting interfaith dialogue and collaboration. Through his efforts, HUG s became a full partner with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, and the Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative, San Francisco.