June 2009 | By Jane Leung Larson
“All joking aside, when people ask me my career advice, it’s easy to say if you go to law school with the president, it helps!” said Christopher Lu, White House Cabinet Secretary, who has been working for his Harvard Law School classmate since joining Senator Obama as his Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff in 2005. Lu was one of three notable Asian Americans who have chosen public service over corporate ladder-climbing, a choice that in each case has meant a large cut in pay. Julie Chon, International Economic Advisor to the Senate Banking Committee Chairman, left the financial sector in 2004 to begin work advising Senators on economic and financial legislation. Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center, comes from the world of corporate law, as does Lu, and is now a nationally-respected advocate for civil rights.