Angela Chan Newest S.F. Police Commissioner

Angela F. Chan was sworn in Wednesday as San Francisco’s newest police commissioner. Her appointment was approved by an 11-0 vote by the Board of Supervisors. She fills the seat on the commission previously held by Vincent Pan, whose term ended. (Photo by Kenneth Lu)

The Police Commission sets policy for the Police Department and conducts disciplinary hearings on charges of police misconduct filed by the Chief of Police or Director of the Office of Citizen Complaints, imposes discipline in such cases as warranted, and hears police officers’ appeals from discipline imposed by the Chief of Police.

Angela is a staff attorney in the juvenile justice and education project at the Asian Law Caucus (I serve on the board of ALC). She represents immigrant families with youth in the juvenile justice system and youth who are harassed or discriminated against in the education system based on race, ethnicity and other protected categories. Angela is also an instructor in the Raza department at San Francisco State University where she teaches “race, crime and justice” and “issues in the criminalization of Latino youth.”

Previously she served as a clerk to Judge Napoleon A. Jones in the Southern District of California. While in law school, Angela was a clerk at the Harvard civil rights project, Greater Boston Legal Services, the Harvard prison legal assistance project, the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office , the NAACP legal defense fund, and Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll.

She earned a juris doctorate, cum laude, from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Occidental College.

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