Lanhee J. Chen, PhD, is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution and director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. His professional experience spans politics, government, academia, and the private sector.
Chen has advised numerous major campaigns, including four presidential efforts. In 2012, he was policy director of the Romney-Ryan campaign and served as Governor Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser, a senior strategist on the campaign, and the person responsible for developing the campaign’s domestic and foreign policy. Chen also advised Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 presidential bid, served as domestic policy director of Romney's 2008 campaign and was a health policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in 2004. During the 2014 and 2018 campaign cycles, Chen served as a senior adviser on policy to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
In addition to his academic appointments, Chen is a senior counselor at the Brunswick Group, a global business advisory firm; an operating partner at New Road Capital Partners, where he helps to direct health care investments for the private equity firm’s current fund; and chair of the board of directors at El Camino Hospital in Silicon Valley. He is a senior adviser to and member of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute.
From 2014 to 2018, Chen served as a presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed member of the Social Security Advisory Board. He served in the George W. Bush administration as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Chen’s writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He has been a CNN political commentator and provided political analysis and commentary on every other major television network. Chen currently serves as a member of the editorial board of the Salem Media Group.
In 2017, Chen was the William E. Simon Visiting Professor in the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. At Stanford, he also serves on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Haas Center for Public Service, is an affiliated faculty member at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and was a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Previously, Chen practiced law at two major law firms and was the Winnie Neubauer Visiting Fellow in Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Chen serves in leadership roles in nonprofits and community-based organizations. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Democracy Fund, a director of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP), and a member of the Committee of 100, an organization of prominent Chinese Americans.
Chen earned his PhD and AM in political science from Harvard University, his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his AB magna cum laude in government from Harvard College. He is a member of the State Bar of California.