Jan. 5: Tina Tchen to join Office of the First Lady as chief of staff

Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen is now the assistant to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Tchen most recently served as deputy assistant to the president, director of the Office of Public Engagement, and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She will continue to serve as the council’s executive director.

Tchen began her work for the president and first lady during the 2008 campaign. Prior to this service, she was a partner at the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she worked for 23 years in corporate litigation, representing public agencies including the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Chicago Housing Authority.

Her parents are Chinese immigrants. She graduated from Harvard University and earned her law degree in 1984 from Northwestern University School of Law. ♦

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  1. […] Rahm Emanuel. Even the First Lady’s new chief of staff is a Chicagoan. Lawyer Tina Tchen was named chief of staff to Michelle Obama this […]


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