Public Policy in Practice with Tina Tchen

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Friday, September 7, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Event Information: 

Please join Fels for a conversation with former Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama Tina Tchen. Within the Obama Administration she also served as the Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls and the past Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Recently, Buckley Sandler LLP announced that Tina is joining as a partner and to lead the Chicago office. 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. Most recently, Tina began leading the Time’s Up Initiative’s Legal Defense Fund. The Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is administered by the National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity and provides lawyers for female victims of sexual harassment. 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).

About the series:

The Public Policy in Practice Series, led by Fels Senior Fellow Elizabeth Vale, is designed to provide students with a variety of perspectives and compelling personal narratives that will help them not only form their opinions on important issues, but will also help shape their careers. This series is offered in conjunction with the Fels graduate Public Management course required of all Fels MPA and Executive MPA students. Fels is proud to offer these important conversations to the entire Penn community and members of the public. 

Remarks begin promptly at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.


Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall
Event Contact: 


Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326