Yang Zhang received a BA in international politics and a BA in public administration from Renmin University of China in 2009. After that, he served for six years as a civil servant in the Policy Research Office of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Tianjin Committee. The CPPCC is China’s top political advisory body. Tianjin is one of the four province-level municipalities in China. In that institution, Yang reviewed more than 500 policy recommendations made by CPPCC members; drafted or edited 265 reports and speeches; participated in 16 large-scale research projects, and attended 21 major policy consultation conferences, including 4 Plenary Sessions of the CPPCC National Committee, which are among the most important political conventions in China. At Yale, he focuses on international economics and international development policies. He hopes that his experiences in China will allow him to make more contributions to the whole developing world.