Tong Soo Chung, J.D.
T.S. Chung is the
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and
Finance (SIF) in the International Trade Administration of the
United States Department of Commerce since February 14, 2000. The
Deputy Assistant Secretary is responsible for the management of
three program divisions, the Office of Finance, the Office of
Service Industries and the Office of Export Trading Company
Affairs. The mission of the Service Industries and Finance Unit
is to develop and implement strategies and programs to enhance
the international commerce position and capabilities of U.S.
business and industry. The Office of Finance (OF) and the Office
of Service Industries (OSI) assist U.S. firms through the entire
export process identifying and development export opportunities,
advising and counseling firms, leading trade missions and
advocating before foreign governments and regulatory authorities.
Before coming to
SIF, Mr. Chung served as the Director of the Advocacy Center,
also located within the International Trade Administration, since
February 1995. The Advocacy Center levels the playing field for
U.S. exporters who are competing for international procurement
contracts by providing the support of the U.S. government.
As Director, Mr.
Chung coordinated the activities of the 19 U.S. Government
agencies in the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), to
assist U.S. companies as they compete for primarily
infrastructure-related projects overseas. Since the Center was
established in November 1993, the Center has assisted U.S.
companies win more than 400 projects valued in excess of $120
billion. These projects are primarily in the electrical power,
oil and gas, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation,
infrastructure and environment sectors. Mr. Chung has worked with
more than 750 companies and more than 1,600 projects. The
Advocacy Center levels the playing field for U.S. exporters who
are competing for international procurement contracts by
providing the support of high-level U.S. government officials,
including Ambassadors, Cabinet and White House officials.
Prior to being
Director of the Advocacy Center, Mr. Chung served as Director of
the Office of Export Promotion and Coordination, International
Trade Administration, for one year.
Before joining the
Clinton Administration, Mr. Chung founded the law firm of Kim,
Chung & Lim in 1986 (now Lim, Ruger & Kim), in Los Angeles,
California, where he specialized in the practice of commercial
law. Prior to the founding of his firm, Mr. Chung was an
associate at the firm of Whitman & Ransom in Los Angeles between
1984 and 1986. In 1980 and 1981, Mr. Chung was a financial
analyst in the Treasurer's Department of Exxon Corporation,
specializing in international financial and economic planning and
analysis. Mr. Chung also worked at the World Bank Bangladesh
Division during the summer of 1979.
Mr. Chung has been
very active in California community affairs. Prior to his
Presidential appointment, Mr. Chung served as Commissioner of the
Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension System from 1991-1993 and
chairman of the investment committee of that commission during
1992-1993 as an appointee of the former Mayor Tom Bradley. The
Pension System had approximately $5 billion in assets in 1993,
and the seven Commissioners oversaw the management of the assets
including the hiring and firing of outside asset management
firms. Mr. Chung also served as Commissioner of the California
Postsecondary Education Commission during 1992-1993; Commissioner
of the Los Angeles County Private Industry Council from
1988-1992; and was a member of the State of California's Economic
Development's Advisory Committee on Asia from 1989-1991.
In addition, Mr.
Chung served on the Board of Directors of RLA (previously Rebuild
L.A.) since the Los Angeles riots in 1992 and the Constitutional
Rights Foundation since 1992. He is a founding board member of
The Ethnic Coalition and was the founding President of the Korean
American Coalition. He also served as a board member of
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and the United Way in Los
Angeles, and was a founding member of the Black-Korean Alliance
of Los Angeles.
Mr. Chung received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1984.
He also received a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from Woodrow
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton
University in 1980, and Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University
in 1977, and graduated from Phillips Academy at Andover,
Massachusetts, in 1973. Mr. Chung is married and has 2 daughters,
ages 14 and 16.
[Source: Institute of
Korean-American Studies, with permission from T.S. Chung]