Annie is the director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Immigrant Justice Project, overseeing and coordinating its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals pro bono representation project. She monitors and analyzes immigration policy developments relating to the DACA program, and advocates for policies that advance immigrants’ rights. Before joining AALDEF, she was a legal fellow and Associate Counsel at The Opportunity Agenda, a nonprofit social justice communication lab, where she developed messaging guidance used in advocacy for pro-immigration policy solutions and coordinated communications strategy with immigrant rights and civil rights groups. For close to 20 years, Annie was a partner at a mid-sized general practice law firm, focusing on business and family immigration issues. Annie is an active member of the immigration bar, having served on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and chaired the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. She has been a member of and co-chaired the Media and Advocacy Committee of AILA’s NYC chapter. Annie served as a trustee of the American Immigration Council. She also is a member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York’s Pro Bono & Community Service and Immigration Law Committees. As a volunteer with AABANY’s Community Response Taskforce, she has helped to plan and organize DACA renewal clinics, including know your rights presentations.
Annie has a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.A. in Chinese Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Northwestern University.