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Tina Tchen

Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

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Tina Tchen talks about her love for organizing women's advocacy groups, her career as a lawyer, how she met Barack Obama, and her role at the White House.
Tina Tchen is an Assistant to the President and Executive Director of the Council on Women and Girls.   Within the Obama Administration she also served the past Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Tchen was previously a partner in corporate litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In that capacity, Tchen represented public agencies in state and federal class actions, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Chicago Housing Authority.   Tchen 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).

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