Jennifer Ching is the Executive Director of North Star Fund. She is a passionate advocate for social justice with a deep breadth of experience as a lawyer, non-profit leader, teacher and organizer. She believes in taking risks, thinking creatively and learning from others.
Before leading North Star Fund, Jennifer practiced law for almost 20 years and witnessed the power of people to use law and organizing to bring about social change. For seven years, Jennifer led Queens Legal Services (LSNYC), a community-based legal advocacy center that works with thousands of New Yorkers every year. Before Queens Legal Services, she was the Director of New York Appleseed, a public interest legal policy program that connects grassroots groups with private sector resources.
As a litigation associate at Paul Weiss LLP, Jennifer worked on a team that represented 13 Guantánamo Bay prisoners held after 9/11. She also litigated civil, immigrants’ and workers’ rights issues in partnership with many community-based organizations as a Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest Law and Constitutional Litigation and Skadden Fellow at the ACLU-NJ.
As a young adult and while attending Harvard University and NYU School of Law, Jennifer benefited from community organizing trainings from groups working in Boston’s and New York’s Chinatowns. She was also an Urban Fellow with the New York City Human Resources Administration.
Jennifer was raised in New Jersey by immigrant parents, and now lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two children.