Terisa E. Chaw

6837 Aitken Drive
Oakland, CA

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6837 Aitken Drive
Oakland, CA 94611


Terisa E. Chaw is the former Executive Director of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the founding Executive Director of NELA’s sister organization, The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute For Law & Policy (The Institute). She retired from NELA and The Institute in July 2017. 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 formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Justice, 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.