Christopher Kang

Former National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

Christopher Kang has served on the ACS board of directors since 2016.

During the Obama Administration, he served in the White House as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to the President, Senior Counsel to the President, and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

For more than four years, Kang oversaw the selection, vetting, and confirmation of the president’s judicial nominees — who set records for the most people of color, women, and openly gay and lesbian judges appointed by a president. From 2014 to 2015, Kang was also in charge of advising President Obama on commutations and pardons, working with the Department of Justice to establish a new initiative that would lead to commutations for more than 1,700 federal prisoners serving unjust and disproportionate sentences for non-violent crimes (compared to fewer than 200 commutations in the preceding 40 years.)

As an advocate for the administration before Congress, Kang helped spearhead the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and passage of the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses.

Most recently, Kang was National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. He also has worked for U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin, of Illinois, serving as Director of Floor Operations, Judiciary Committee Counsel, and Counsel for labor issues.

The National Law Journal named Kang one of the top 40 minority lawyers in the nation under the age of 40 in 2011, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association gave him its President’s Award in 2012.

Kang received his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and his B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago.