B.A. Pomona College, 1998
J.D. Stanford Law School, 2003
Emily Chen is a consultant to the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Executing on the mission of the University of California Global Food Initiative, Chen is the lead researcher and writer for a report analyzing how law schools across the nation are addressing, and can engage, issues of food equity. Chen also advises the Resnick Program on capacity building, on-the-ground impact projects, public programs, and communications.
A seasoned attorney, Chen has served as in-house counsel to various technology startups in the Silicon Valley. In that capacity, she negotiated global technology transactions, developed and recommended best practices for company policies and procedures, advised and collaborated on new product development, and strategized on trademark matters. Previously, Chen was a corporate associate at the New York-based law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP in their San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, where she specialized in initial public offerings, financings, corporate governance compliance, and general corporate matters for companies in a variety of industries, including solar and biotechnology.
Chen received her J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Harry L. Hupp of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Chen received her B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College, and is conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Chen has served on the board of directors for Youth Speaks, a leading urban youth literacy and arts organization based in San Francisco. She participates in the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and has written on food system issues. In addition, Chen supports various food advocacy organizations in a volunteer capacity throughout Los Angeles.