Wai Ping Chan is a volunteer director who provides legal expertise to the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington D.C., Inc. and serves as its authorized representative. Mr. Chan has been working in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Civil Rights since 1998. His responsibilities include reviewing program complaints filed against agencies of the USDA, and works on the class action litigation against the Department. Before joining the USDA, he served as legal counsel at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) from 1988 to 1996, focusing on bank closing and liquidation of bank assets.
He has also served on the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) Coordinating Committee since its inception in 2000 representing USDA. As a member of the WHIAAPI Coordinating Committee, Mr. Chan is responsible for addressing Federal program delivery by the USDA to the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Of many issues that are being addressed under the WHIAAPI Coordinating Committee, health disparity in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities is one of them.
Mr. Chan is very active in community services. He is a member of the Virginia Governor’s Asian Advisory Board. He is also legal counsel to the Congressional Asian Pacific Americans Staff Association (CAPASA) and many other non-profit organizations, and is on the Organization of Chinese-Americans, Northern Virginia Board. He has been serving as a judge for the regional and international rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition sponsored by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) for the past twelve years. He also is an active member of the newly formed New Electoral Reform Alliance for Virginia (New ERA for VA) addressing different issues pertaining to voting in Virginia. He has served as Treasurer for the Asian American Journalists Association – DC Chapter (AAJA-DC) for 2004 to 2006, and was President of the Asian Pacific American Network in Agriculture (APANA) from 1999 to 2000.
Mr. Chan is a graduate of the City College of New York with a B.A. degree in Political Science, and received law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the New York and the District of Columbia bars, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, and other Courts of Appeals, as well as a member of the Court of International Trade. He was born in Canton, China, grew up in Canton, Macao and Hong Kong before coming to the United States in 1968.