Angela F. Chan is a policy director and senior staff attorney managing the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, which is the nation’s oldest legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian and Pacific Americans. Angela represents immigrant families who have youth caught in the juvenile justice system, and youth who are harassed or discriminated against in the K-12 education system. She also works on policy reforms to disentangle local police from immigration enforcement. She co-led the campaign to pass the TRUST Act (AB 4), a state bill which was signed into law and went into effect in January 2014, to set a statewide minimum limit on detentions in response to ICE hold requests. Angela joined Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in 2006 with a Soros Justice Fellowship. Angela was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, given a Monarch Award by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, selected for a 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the New Leaders Council, and named a Best Under 40 attorney by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association.
Angela served on the San Francisco Police Commission for four years, which is a chartered city civilian commission that adjudicates officer disciplinary cases and sets policies for the police department. Angela also was an instructor for the Raza Department at San Francisco State University, teaching courses on race, crime, and justice. In addition, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Napoleon A. Jones in the Southern District of California. Angela earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Occidental College.