Chenchen Zhang

Chenchen Zhang (Cecilia)

MPP Candidate, UC Berkeley
LLB, Tsinghua University

I am an MPP candidate with a law degree and strong quantitative analysis capacities. I have a keen interest in technology policy and anti-discrimination.
During my previous professional experiences, I learnt about how laws could be used to promote social equity and justice, thanks to my internships at an international law firm, two United Nations agencies, China's State Council and a legal-aid center.
Aside from my belief in the role of law in anti-discrimination and equality, I am always passionate about technology. My undergrad thesis is about open licensing and copyright; I have published one article about the 2017 US self-driving bill and another piece about AI and the legal industry, and I am currently assisting a Berkeley Law Professor with her project on the use of smart software in the court system. Now that I am studying in the Bay area with extensive exposure to rapid technology development, I am hoping to obtain a deeper understanding of technology policy and how that shapes the concept of privacy, freedom of speech and access to authentic information. At the same time, I still have the lasting passion of pursuing social justice and equity.


Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, California, United States
Master of Public Policy, 2017 to 2019

School of Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Bachelor of Laws, 2013 to 2017

College of Law, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Non-Degree Exchange Student, 2015

Professional Experience

Levi Strauss & Co
Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant, Feb. 2018 till now

US Government Accountability Office
Student Policy Consultant, Jan. 2018 till now

UC Berkeley, School of Law
Graduate Student Researcher - Professor Rachel Stern, Sept. 2017 till now

International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (iANGEL)
Volunteer Researcher, Sept. 2017 to Jan. 2018

Creative Commons
Mainland China Team Member, Mar. 2017 till now

The State Council of People's Republic of China, Development Research Center
Research Intern, Rule of Law and Governance, Apr. 2017 to Aug. 2017

UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), China Office
Full-time Research Assistant, Sept. 2016 to Dec. 2016

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, China Office
Intern, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Disease, Mar. 2016 to Aug. 2016

Beijing Qianqian Law Firm, formerly Beijing Zhongze Women’s Legal Aid Center
Legal Intern, July 2016 to Aug. 2016

Simmons & Simmons, Beijing Representative Office
Legal Intern, Dec. 2015 to Feb. 2016

International Commission of Jurists, Australian Branch
Researcher, July 2015 to Sept. 2015


Will You Take a Driverless Car in 2019?
Chenchen Zhang.
In Berkeley Public Policy Journal, Sep 15, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence: The Terminator or Change Maker of Legal Industry? | [Chinese Version]
Chenchen Zhang.
In Dushu, Oct. 2016, pp. 38-40. (CSSCI Journal)


Languages: Mandarin & English: Native or bilingual proficiency

Quantitative Skills: SPSS & STATA: Professional Proficiency; R: Medium Proficiency

Hobbies: Books, movies, indoor rock climbing, classical music