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  Chiu, David
NameDavid Chiu
Address300 Montgomery St
San Francisco, California , United States
Website [Link]
Born August 23, 1960 (58 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Apr 02, 2016 05:07pm
Tags Asian - Chinese - Very Liberal - Single -
InfoThe eldest child of Chinese immigrant parents, David Chiu, 38, grew up in Boston and attended a Catholic high school in a working class neighborhood. David and his siblings all attended Harvard University, where David received a degree in government from Harvard College, a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

At the age of 25, David became Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee and Senator Paul Simon’s aide to the Senate Budget Committee. As Democratic Counsel, David’s responsibilities for a wide range of constitutional, criminal and civil rights issues included drafting, negotiating and advocating socially progressive legislation. As a budget aide, David analyzed the economic and fiscal impact of numerous proposals, and was the lead staffer in 1995 for the first Democratic balanced budget proposal in several decades.

David Chiu has lived in District 3 for the past 12 years, in the Russian Hill and Polk Street neighborhoods. David has been a hands-on leader in San Francisco and in District 3 in numerous capacities:

Neighborhood activist: David is currently the chair of Lower Polk Neighbors and a founding member of the leadership team of the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association. Both organizations are focused on addressing public safety concerns, organizing neighborhood cleanups, and coordinating neighborhood positions on planning, development, parking and transit proposals.

Civil rights advocate: As a former staff attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, David was involved in cutting-edge litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of immigrants in the areas of affordable housing, labor rights, consumer protection, and law enforcement misconduct. He also staffed the California Coalition for Civil Rights (a coalition of 50 progressive organizations), led the campaign for 2004’s Prop F (which would have allowed immigrant parents to vote in school board elections), and served on the advisory board of the San Francisco Day Laborer Program.

Criminal prosecutor: As a former Assistant District Attorney with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, David prosecuted numerous criminal cases from arraignment to final disposition, and worked with crime victims, witnesses, and law enforcement officers. David serves as the judge-arbitrator for the Polk Street Community Court and on the board of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse.

Business entrepreneur: David founded Grassroots Enterprise, a leading online communications technology company. As the company’s Chief Operating Officer, David has been responsible for managing the company’s finances, business units, and 30-person workforce. David currently sits on San Francisco’s Small Business Commission.

Community leader: David has served as president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (the largest organization of its kind in the country), as board president of the Youth Leadership Institute (which promotes best practices in its field), and as board chair of the Chinatown Community Development Center (the largest affordable housing nonprofit in District 3).

Democratic activist: David has been twice elected chair of California’s 13th Assembly District Democratic Committee, sits on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and served as vice president to the District 3 Democratic Club.

In 2003, David was selected to and participated in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco program. In 2004, David was named on one of the country’s “Best Lawyers Under 40″ by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2006, David was selected as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, joining an elite group of emerging American leaders who regularly dialogue with European leaders. In 2007, the Bay Area’s Minority Bar Coalition honored David with its annual “Unity” Award.

David relies on his bike, MUNI, BART, taxicabs and City CarShare for transportation. He likes to surf, snowboard, play the violin and piano, and watch movies.


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