Sandy Chung, J.D., joined the ACLU of Oregon as executive director in February 2021.
Racial, social, and economic justice–and the inherent dignity of every individual and community–are core values for Chung. Her organizing and legal activism includes worker’s rights campaigns especially those involving BIPOC, immigrant, and farmworker communities, representation of minors in immigration proceedings, and domestic and sexual violence prevention and advocacy. She has also volunteered with the ACLU of Oregon as a legal observer, documenting police brutality against protesters and other threats to free speech.
Chung previously was the vice president for human resources and Title IX coordinator at the University of Portland, where she led the university’s efforts in the areas of civil rights, equity, and sexual assault. Chung is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, a member of the Oregon and California bar associations, and a board member with Volunteers of America Oregon.
Chung and her family are immigrants from South Korea, who came to the United States after an estimated 2,000 pro-democracy activists were killed by South Korean government troops in Gwangju, the hometown of Chung’s father. In the 1980s, she and her family lived in Northeast Portland and ran Alameda Cleaners on Alberta Street before the area was changed by gentrification.
Chung is a graduate of Sunset High School and was a Presidential Scholar who represented the State of Oregon. After college and law school at Harvard, Chung was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judith N. Keep, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and then worked as a trial attorney in Los Angeles. Sandy’s professional experience also includes work with community-based violence reduction efforts in BIPOC communities through the Los Angeles mayor’s office, as well as administrative leadership work at Santa Monica Community College and Stanford University.