Angela Chan is the policy director and a senior staff attorney managing the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus. Angela began her work at the ALC in 2006 with a Soros Justice Fellowship, challenging language and cultural barriers impacting immigrant youth and families in the juvenile justice system. Since 2008, Angela has focused on defending and passing Sanctuary Ordinances to limit local and state law enforcement entanglement with immigration enforcement. She co-authored and collaborated with the ICE out of CA statewide coalition to pass the TRUST Act to limit responses to ICE hold requests, the TRUTH Act to require local law enforcement to provide consent forms prior to interviews with ICE, and most recently the CA Values Act (SB 54), which is the strongest and broadest Sanctuary state law in the country. 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.