Chandler 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 (now Georgia College and State University) in 1964. In 1965, Chan married Paul Tagliabue, then fresh out of law school. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in English and American Literature at George Washington University, and has been for decades an avid participant in book clubs in Washington, New York City and Boothbay Harbor, ME. Chan’s current primary involvement is as a member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University. She serves as Vice Chair of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics committee and is also a member of the Georgetown Learning Initiatives committee.
In the past, 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.