Ross Chun has been a homeowner and resident of Aliso Viejo for 20 years. He and his wife Suzanne chose this beautiful city to purchase their home, and raise their two children, Sarah and Evan. For the past 20 years, Ross and his family have been active in the community, the local schools, and in city events.
Ross began his volunteerism in Aliso Viejo with an appointment to the Parks and Landscape committee where he worked for almost 4 years to ensure Aliso Viejo's 21 parks were maintained beautifully, and with a focus on effective management and fiscal responsibility. It was during this time that he was elected as Pacific Grove's Delegate to The Aliso Viejo Community Association, representing his district to the Master Association and in city matters that affect his neighborhood and the community.
in 2006, Ross was elected to the Aliso Viejo Community Association Board of Directors where he served as the Board Secretary, Vice President, and four times as the Board President, leading the Board in decisions that impacted the community's 21 parks, slopes and common areas, its events, and its budget of approximately $8,000,000.
During his time on the AVCA Board, Ross was appointed by the City Council to Aliso Viejo's first Planning Commission, where he served with his fellow commissioners to review development plans and make recommendations to the Aliso Viejo City Council.
Ross has donated countless hours to fine organizations like The American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, Savannah's Organic Ranch, ParkSafety.org, The Sustainability Forum, the Laguna Canyon Foundation, Surfrider Foundation's South Orange County Chapter, and the PTSA's at Canyon Vista Elementary School, Don Juan Avila Middle School and Aliso Niguel High School as well as the Capistrano Unified School District Foundation and local public and private schools. Most recently, Ross joined the first group to found Aliso Viejo's Rotary Club.
Ross Chun continues to serve many worthy charitable organizations and serves as a Corporate Philanthropy Officer for a humanitarian non-profit organization. Ross works with the community's youth by volunteering his time to mentor students at the local high school and providing internships at Soka University. During the era of COVID-19, The Chun family lost their beloved rescue dog, "Girlie," but was fortunate to adopt a new best friend named "Buddy." The entire family can be seen enjoying the local parks and finding ways to stay active while social distancing.
Community Leader Scholarship
Each year, Ross awards a deserving student from Aliso Niguel High School the Community Leader Scholarship, co-founded with former School Board Trustee Dr. Gary Pritchard. This scholarship is based on academic achievement, athletics participation, community service and financial need.
Student Internship Program
Since his election in 2012, Councilman Chun has engaged the community youth by offering internship opportunities. Now, Soka University is offering the program to its students in partnership with their Environmental Department.
Helping Businesses to Grow and Thrive
Bringing local businesses together with schools, non-profits, municipalities and public utilities at The Sustainability Forum. Councilman Chun founded the forum 7 years ago, and continues to bring important stakeholders together to discuss environmental business practices that reduce costs and help the community thrive with a healthy lifestyle that encourages growth and attracts commerce.
Working With Students Across The County
Through mentorship and collaboration, Ross leads students by example, and donates his time to a variety of student organizations. Whether its youth sports, Scouting or The International Energy Alliance, Ross donates his time and effort to guide students toward a successful education and productive career.
Recognized By CUSD For His Work With STEM Education Throughout The District
Prior to his election to the Aliso Viejo City Council, Ross worked with local businesses, municipalities and the Capistrano Unified School District to promote STEAM Education, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Today, he maintains his dedication to education and innovative approaches to student engagement.
Supporting Charitable Organizations and Important Local Events
For more than a decade, Ross and his family have supported The American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life in Aliso Viejo. This year when the Aliso Viejo City Council withdrew its support of the event, Ross worked with The City of Laguna Niguel and both the Laguna Niguel and Aliso Viejo Chambers of Commerce to create an Aliso Viejo Relay Team at the Laguna Niguel event. The 2015 Relay For Life in Laguna Niguel broke records of fundraising, attendance and participation. Cancer survivor Sheriff Sandra Hutchens joined the event and supported with worthy cause.