Christina M. Tchen
Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Ms. Tchen is currently Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, which is the outreach office for the White House and is responsible for connecting the Administration with constituency groups across the country. Ms. Tchen also serves as the Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which was created by President Obama in March 2009 to ensure that all parts of the federal government are addressing the needs of women and girls.
Before joining the White House, Ms. Tchen was a successful litigation partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In that capacity, she litigated high profile cases involving shareholder disputes, intellectual property, constitutional law, insurance, real estate and contract matters. During her tenure at Skadden, she also represented public agencies, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Chicago Housing Authority.
Ms. Tchen has also worked for the Illinois Bureau of the Budget, and was responsible for analyzing the budget for the Department of Children and Family Services. While working for Bureau, Ms. Tchen became an active member of NOW (National Organization for Women). She worked with NOW to rewrite the Illinois rape statute to include crimes of sexual assault and other abuse.
Ms. Tchen has served as President of the Board of Directors for the Field Foundation of Illinois and the Chicago Bar Foundation. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Medical Center, the Chicago Public Library, the Chinese American Service League, and an Elected Director to the Harvard Alumni Association. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (1999); "Women of Achievement" award from the Anti-Defamation League (1996); and Chicago Lawyer "Person of the Year" (1994). She recently received an honorary degree from Knox College in Illinois.
Tina received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and an editor of the Harvard Independent.