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Christina M. Tchen Edit Profile

also known as Tina Tchen

Federal official , Lawyer

Christina M. Tchen, American lawyer. Member of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Illinois).


Tchen, Christina M. was born on January 25, 1956 in Columbus, Ohio, United States.


Bachelor cum laude, Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1978. Juris Doctor cum laude, Northwestern University School Law, Chicago, 1984.


Associate Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Chicago, 1984—1992, partner, 1992—2009. Deputy assistant to President, director Office Public Engagement The White House, Washington, 2009—2011, chief of staff to The First Lady Michelle Obama, since 2011. Appt. member Rules Advisory Committee, Civil Justice Reform Act Committee, and Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee Federal District Court Chicago.

Executive director White House Council on Women & Girls, since 2009.


  • Bar: Illinois 1984.


Board trustees University Chicago Medical Center. Board directors Chicago Public Library., since 2003, Harvard Alumni Association, Chicago Bar. Foundation, Chicago Area Foundation Legal Services.

Chair board directors Field Foundation Illinois, since 2004. Member of American Bar Association (appointment member president advisory council on diversity in profession 2004, co-chair Minority Trial Lawyer Task Force, co-chair, Commercial & Banking Litigation Committee), Women’s Bar Association Illinois (Leadership award 1999).


Children: Emma, Patrick.

Emma Tchen

Patrick Tchen