Terisa E. Chaw is the Executive Director of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and is the founding Executive Director of NELA’s sister organization, The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy. She divides her time between the organizations’ San Francisco and Washington DC offices. Prior to joining NELA in 1991, Ms. Chaw worked as an attorney with a number of public interest law organizations, including the Pension Rights Center (Washington, DC), the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (Washington, DC), and Equal Rights Advocates (San Francisco). In addition, she was a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she litigated cases under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. Ms. Chaw currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Justice, and she has served on the board of directors of several other non-profit organizations, including the Asian Law Caucus, Child Care Law Center, National Committee on Pay Equity, and the Organization of Pan Asian Women. Ms. Chaw is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law.