Since July 2014, Annie has been a Staff Attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), where she is responsible for managing and coordinating its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pro bono representation project. She monitors and analyzes immigration policy developments and issues relating to the DACA program, and advocates for policies that advance immigrants’ rights. Before joining AALDEF, she was the Robert L. Carter Fellow & Associate Counsel at The Opportunity Agenda, a nonprofit in New York City, where she was engaged in developing messaging guidance used in advocacy for pro-immigration policy solutions and coordinating communications strategy with immigrant rights and civil rights groups. For close to 20 years, Annie was a partner within the immigration practice group of Wormser, Kiely, Galef & Jacobs LLP, where her work focused on business and family immigration issues. She served as a trustee of the American Immigration Council, where she was a member of its Community Education Center Committee. Annie is an active member of the immigration bar, having served on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and chaired the Immigration and Nationality Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Annie also co-chaired the New York Women’s Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee.
Annie obtained a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she co-chaired the Asian American Law Students Association. She also has an M.A. in Chinese Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Northwestern University.