Chan Tagliabue grew up in Milledgeville, GA, with two younger brothers. She was an outstanding student and received her BA in English and French from the Women’s College of Georgia in 1964. In 1965, Chan married Paul Tagliabue, then fresh out of law school. She later earned a masters degree in English and American Literature at George Washington University. In the mid-1970’s, Chan and Paul and their children met Bill Swing when he was the rector of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, and they soon became strong collaborators with Bill and good friends of both Mary and Bill. For many years, Chan devoted time and energy as a volunteer leader and board member of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization engaged in rehabilitating housing for elderly, disabled and other disadvantaged citizens. Chan has also been heavily involved in other organizations, including as a board member for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington; honorary chair of a capital campaign for the Girl Scout Council of the National Capital; and as senior warden of the vestry and chair of a St Columba’s capital campaign. Chan and Paul have in recent years traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Mid-East and elsewhere, and have engaged in business, higher education and public policy discussions in Europe and Asia, including in Australia, Bhutan, China, India, Japan and Singapore.