Vinson Xavier Palathingal
For Fairfax School Board- Member At Large
Vinson Xavier Palathingal, is a resident of McLean, Virginia in Fairfax County for over 21 years and the United States for about 27 years. Originally from Kochi in Kerala State, India, Vinson is a serial entrepreneur, Asian American community leader, and a free market advocate. He has his bachelor’s degree in engineering from India and master’s degree in engineering from University of Nevada, Reno. He has run multiple small businesses in the US and was the winner of the SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year award in 2013. He believes that his Catholic upbringing in Kerala, India, obviously contributed to his conservative values and worldview.
He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and technology leader Asha Palathingal. Vinson and Asha have two children, Xavier & Stephen, both graduated from McLean High School. They both went to UVA for their Computer Science degrees, Xavier graduated in 2015 and Stephen will graduate in 2021. During his children’s school years, Vinson has been a mentor to many students and has volunteered many hours in Fairfax County school programs. Such activities include being a yearlong instructor for ‘Hands on Science’ program at Haycock Elementary School, providing parental guidance to student teams in Science Olympiad at Longfellow Middle School and helping his son founding and successfully launching the Science Olympiad team at McLean High School.
Problem Solver Businessman
Vinson is a technology entrepreneur and the executive director of the Indo-American Center. He has vast experience with engineering and technology industries over the last 3 decades, that ranges from buildings and road construction to block chains and artificial intelligence. As an insider of the technology industry, Vinson has access to the network and knowledge hub enabling him to be a good mentor providing guidance to youth. He serves as a career counselor to many, especially STEM graduates, providing insights into industry workings and knowledge on best-suited career paths. He has substantial experience in providing IT training to individuals from across different disciplines. He has successfully facilitated migration of professionals from different fields who are interested in and wanted to pursue different types of IT jobs, without having to earn a degree in technology.
STEM Education Enthusiast
His vision for STEM education is driven by an idea of blended educational programs that cover technical, psycho-social and experiential trainings. Such an approach liberates classrooms of traditional learning and nourishes informal learning environments that are technologically stimulating. Students are thereby exposed to thrilling and lucrative futures in IT and can first-hand witness their contribution affecting change. Vinson engages closely with the Indian diaspora, whose continued dependence and success from technology has largely shaped their standing in American society. Vinson intends to leverage this expertise and help perpetuate that to mainstream America.
Vinson is a proactive leader in the Indian American Community activities nationally and has his signature on many important events and campaigns that happened in the community. In 2015, Vinson started the 501 (c) (3) foundation, the Indo-American Center, a free-market think tank spreading the message of liberty and small government ideals in both India and the US. Vinson is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that the socialist communist principles and a centrally controlled economy that he had to run away from in India for better opportunities in US, doesn’t follow him and take a foot hold in his adopted land.