WELCOME CHAN PARK TO THE MONUMENT TEAM!
Chan Park combines legal and policy expertise with a keen understanding of how Washington works to provide clients with superior strategic counsel and effective advocacy. Building on nearly two decades of legal experience in Congress, as a federal prosecutor, and as a federal judicial clerk, he has earned a reputation for building bipartisan coalitions and achieving results. Prior to joining Monument, Chan served General Counsel for both Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and former Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Before working on Capitol Hill, Chan served as Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland. After graduating from law school, Park clerked for United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte in the District of Maryland. He then worked as a litigator with the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. Chan received his B.A. from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown Law. He is the proud Marylander who grew up in Rockville and now lives in Silver Spring with his wife and two children.
We sat down with the newest member of the Monument Team for a Q&A session.
What got you interested in politics?
My first recollection of being interested in politics was from elementary school. I remember telling another kid during recess that I didn’t trust Reagan and thought Carter should remain president. A parent volunteer overheard me and started scolding me and rattled off all of the reasons why I was wrong. I was too stunned to remember anything she said to me (or to say anything meaningful in response) – but that sparked a continued interest in politics, and motivated me to always be factually prepared for arguments. I got really involved in student government and was (am) a total dork who loved parliamentary procedure and Robert’s Rules of Order. Eventually, I was elected to be on the school board in Montgomery County as a student member, and saw local policymaking and politics firsthand. Those grounding experiences have always reminded me that politics is about people and relationships – and also that I should be careful about what I say on the playground.
What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?
The FDR memorial. While it’s not my favorite monument from an aesthetic perspective, I love how it draws you through and tells a narrative of President Roosevelt’s life as a leader and as a man. There’s a human component to it that I appreciate. I’m also partial to the FDR memorial because it was built right near where I proposed to my wife along the Tidal Basin.
What is item number one on your bucket list?
I’d love to get my pilot’s license. I’ve been fascinated with planes since I was a kid – making models or reading all about World War II aircraft – and have always wanted to fly. I doubt that I’ll get motivated enough to actually get my license, though, so I’d settle for a ride-along with the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds.