Albert Chen, M.E.

Chief Operating Officer
PDK International


With over 20 years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit education space, Albert Chen is an experienced operations and strategy officer with a proven record of revenue growth, business planning, and organizational transformation; he became the chief operating officer of PDK International on February 22, 2016 after a stint in operations and strategy consulting.

Mr. Chen’s began his career as a part-time teacher at Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (KTPA) and rose through the ranks to become Executive Director in the graduate division. After 12 years with KTPA, Mr. Chen was recruited into the non-profit world of education by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) for work in advocacy and operational change where Mr. Chen was the chief operating officer and chief strategy officer for seven years. Mr. Chen also served as chief operating officer for Youth for Understanding, USA, an international exchange organization and was charged with transforming and moving the organization.

Mr. Chen is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering, and from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Masters of Engineering in Biomechanics. Mr. Chen lives in Virginia with his wife, who works in non-profit conservation development) and two young daughters.

About PDK International

Established in 1906, PDK International supports teachers and school leaders by strengthening their interest in the profession through the entire arc of their career.

We honor educators as professionals who learn daily from their work and want to share their knowledge with others to transform the lives of their students and their own specialized work.

As a social sector organization, we elevate the discourse around teaching and learning with the goal of transforming the student experience to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality education.