January 2009 | By Jane Leung Larson
Ivan K. Fong, one of the top Asian American lawyers in corporate America and currently the Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Cardinal Health, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be Homeland Security General Counsel. Fong would serve under Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who said on January 29, “Ivan’s extensive private sector and senior government experience will provide invaluable counsel in managing the complex issues and important tasks we take on daily.”
Fong served as Deputy Associate Attorney General in the Clinton Justice Department, where he helped craft policies on privacy and cybercrime and was the primary author and editor of the report, “The Electronic Frontier: The Challenge of Unlawful Conduct Involving the Use of the Internet.” As General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, Fong would oversee 1,750 attorneys responsible for providing legal support for all aspects of the Department’s work, which deals with everything from domestic disasters to terrorist activities.
Fong joined the Committee of 100 in 2006. According to his member profile in Committee Bridges, Summer 2006, “with two degrees from M.I.T. in chemical engineering, Stanford and Oxford law degrees, and a coveted clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Fong’s interests lie at the intersection of science, technology, law, and policy.”