Frances Chang

Department of Justice

2022 fellow

International law expert and cross-agency, cross-cultural collaborator aiding the Department of Justice in foreign engagement. Ms. Chang joins the WHLDP from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs (OIA). For the last four years, Ms. Chang has served as the OIA Associate Director for South American Affairs leading a team responsible for international law enforcement matters with South American nations, devising strategies for engaging regional foreign counterparts, and representing DOJ in the interagency process. In her time at OIA, Ms. Chang has provided leadership to various office-wide initiatives, including serving as Process Owner for the development of a new case management system, and served on teams covering regions as diverse as the English-speaking Caribbean and the People’s Republic of China. She has represented DOJ in numerous multilateral fora, including the 14th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Since joining OIA through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, Ms. Chang has been a recipient of the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Asset Forfeiture and the Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Ms. Chang’s Federal Government service also includes appointments as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and as a Political Officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the Department of State. She earlier served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in China.

Ms. Chang has an A.B.. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

As a WHLDP Fellow, Ms. Chang supports the National Economic Council in its efforts to further the nation’s economic recovery from the global pandemic, addressing major U.S. economic challenges including supply chain resilience, market competitiveness, and climate change.


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