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Grace Chung Becker

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Grace served as a government attorney, led public education non-profit organizations, and currently works in the private sector.  She led the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, supervising 700 employees. She was the first presidentially nominated woman to run the Division in its history. She testified before the United Nations, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives.  She also tried cases and argued appeals in federal trial and appellate courts in the United States and its territories.
While at the Pentagon, Grace was awarded the “Outstanding Civilian Service” medal for her work in the Army’s investigation of allegations that the U.S. military killed South Korean civilian refugees during the Korean War.  She later worked at the U.S. Department of Defense’s General Counsel’s Office.
A former criminal prosecutor and appellate attorney, she has also worked at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the law firm of Williams and Connolly.  Earlier in her career, she was a law clerk to Judge James L. Buckley and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson on the federal appellate and district courts in Washington, D.C.
Grace also has two decades of experience in education. Grace was appointed by the Virginia Governor and served on the bi-partisan SOL Innovation Committee, working closely with legislators on standardized educational testing. As President of the Fairfax County Association for the Gifted, she worked with state and local officials on education policy, supported educational enrichment opportunities, and served on numerous school board advisory committees.
A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance, Grace Chung Becker also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Associate Editor on The Georgetown Law Journal.