Christopher Kang

National Director
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
 
Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations. From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, as Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, Senior Counsel to the President, and Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. For more than four years, he was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of President Obama’s judicial nominees, and in this role, he worked to fulfill the President’s unprecedented commitment to expanding the diversity of the federal bench—including more than doubling the number of Asian American & Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander federal judges appointed in history—while maintaining the highest standards of integrity, intellect, and fair-mindedness. He also advised the President on commutations and issues of executive clemency. In the Office of Legislative Affairs, Kang advocated for the Obama Administration’s initiatives in Congress. He led the legislative outreach and strategy for the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, the Senate’s successful effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and the reduction of the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. He also played a supporting role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
 
For seven years, Kang worked for U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Richard Durbin, of Illinois. As Director of Floor Operations, he strategized Senate floor consideration of legislation, including counting votes and developing parliamentary tactics; as Judiciary Committee Counsel, he handled constitutional and criminal justice issues, and he was Counsel for labor issues.
 
In 2011, the National Law Journal named Kang one of the top 40 minority lawyers in the nation under the age of 40, and in 2015, it named him a Rising Star, recognizing Washington, D.C.'s 40 most promising lawyers under the age of 40. The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) has awarded him with its President’s Award, for outstanding service to NAPABA and the legal community (2012), and its Best Lawyers Under 40 Award (2013). Kang also has been recognized by the Capitol Hill publications Roll Call and The Hill for his work for Senator Durbin.
 
He earned his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law, where he was Co-President of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Executive Editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, and his B.A., with honors, from the University of Chicago.