NelsonChan, Chief of Public Policy and Education

Nelson Chan
Nelson Chan is the Chief of Public Policy and Education, in charge of DFEH educational partnerships, clinical programs, internships, external and internal training. He was formerly Chief of Enforcement and Chief Counsel of the DFEH.  A member of the Legal Division since 2004, Mr. Chan is one of the most experienced and longest-serving attorneys in the DFEH. He has successfully prosecuted numerous Department cases, including: DFEH v. Capital Hills ARCO (Johnson) (sexual harassment in employment), $300,000 plus $25,000 civil penalties; DFEH v. City and County of San Francisco (Martin) (employment retaliation) $160,000 and affirmative relief; DFEH v. Alameda County Superior Court (Bolton) (physical disability in employment) $125,000 and affirmative relief; and DFEH v. Nosratian (Helvaci/HRC) (familial status discrimination in housing), $30,000 and affirmative relief.  Mr. Chan is on the Executive Committee of the State Bar Public Law Section.Prior to the DFEH, Mr. Chan was Governor Gray Davis’ appointee as: State Director of the Small Business Development Center Program (SBDC); Deputy Secretary of the Global Economic Development Division (GED) of the California Technology, Trade, and Commerce Agency (TTCA); and Director of its Sacramento Regional Office. He also represented clients in private practice.

Mr. Chan graduated with honors from the University of California at Davis, with a B.A. degree in political science/public service. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.