Chu was born in China, and in 1967 came to United States as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. She moved to New York in 1980 and raised two sons, who both graduated from SUNY Albany.
In 1986, she founded the Chinese-American Parents' Association (CAPA) to assist thousands of immigrant families assimilate to American culture and school system.
Under her leadership, CAPA has helped parents promote their English skills and encourage families to participate in local civic activities and voter registration drives.
“Pauline has touched the lives of thousands of students and families over the years,” said Avella. “I am proud to be able to honor her for her tireless work with the Chinese-American Parents Association (CAPA) and on behalf of the countless families whose lives she has and will continue to impact.”
Chu was elected to Community School Board 25 Queens in 1986. In July 2001, she was appointed a member of District 25 Community Education Council. She served over 25,000 students and their parents by bridging the gap between the district office, schools and the parents.
In July of 2015, Avella launched of the Liberty Medal awards to honor some of the dedicated civic leaders throughout his district.
“People who dedicate their lives making their communities a better place often go unrecognized for their tremendous contributions over decades of service,” said Avella.