Elisa Chan received her bachelor of science degree in computer software engineering from the Beijing University of Technology and her master’s degree in computer science from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 1992, Ms. Chan and her husband founded Unintech Consulting Engineers, Inc., a structural and civil engineering design and surveying firm. As president and co-owner, she is in charge of strategic planning initiatives and overseeing financial management, business development and marketing, human resources and information technology for firm-wide operations. Unintech has consistently been ranked among the “Top 25 Largest Engineering” and “Women-Owned” firms in San Antonio by the San Antonio Business Journal.
Ms. Chan ran for San Antonio City Council’s District 9 in 2009 and won, becoming the first Asian-American woman and the first immigrant to serve on the City Council. She was re-elected in 2011 and 2013. While a member of the City Council, Ms. Chan led the city’s international economic development efforts. In 2010, she was co-chair of the city’s delegation to the Shanghai World Expo. She was the catalyst in establishing the friendship city relationships with the city of Suzhou and Wuxi, China. San Antonio signed a Sister City Agreement with Wuxi in February 2012. Ms. Chan was given the Honorary Citizen title in 2016.
Ms. Chan has served as the precinct organization committee chair for the Republican Party of Bexar County and is currently a precinct chair. She is the past secretary of the Texas Asian Republican Assembly, an official auxiliary to the Republican Party of Texas, and founder of the Texas Asian Republican Club of Central Texas.
Ms. Chan helped establish the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce, serving as its president in 2004. In 2014, she established a second organization, the Asian American Alliance of San Antonio (AAASA), a non-partisan, non-religious organization with the purpose to unite and promote the Asian American community. She is currently AAASA’s president.