Douglas S. Chan


Mr. Chan has had a varied career in public service.  He has served in the following capacities with following public entities:

  • Commissioner and President, San Francisco Civil Service Commission
  • Commissioner and Vice Chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Commissioner, San Francisco Police Commission
  • Member, California Small Business Board
  • Commissioner, San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals
  • Member, San Francisco Tax Assessment Appeals Board
  • Commissioner, San Francisco Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Board
  • Assistant to Legislative Counsel, California Department of Real Estate

Prior to his admission to the bar, Mr. Chan was a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Alan Cranston in Washington, D.C., advising on the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, Postal Service reorganization, civil aviation deregulation, labor law reform legislation, federal procurement policy and practices, and product liability insurance reform.  In 1984, he was the principal author of Asian Americans and the Presidency of the United States, the first nationally-circulated position paper on Asian American issues.  Prior to his service with the U.S. Senate, he worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where he evaluated the effectiveness of the police community relations unit of the San Francisco Police Department and reported on the state of multicultural educational programs in the San Francisco Unified School District.


A native San Franciscan, Mr. Chan’s civic participation in numerous business and community organizations spans three decades.  He has served on the boards of the following educational and nonprofit organizations:

  • Chinese Historical Society of America
  • The Bay School of San Francisco
  • Lowell High School Site Council
  • Chinese American Voter Education Committee
  • Mayor’s Chinatown Economic Development Group
  • Community Advisory Group, California Academy of Sciences
  • Advisory Board, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
  • Five Branches Institute (Santa Cruz)
  • Chinatown American Cooks Training School
  • Cathedral School for Boys


Tia Welch Maerz

As a Bay Area native, Ms. Welch Maerz maintains strong ties to her university and law school and mentors younger professionals as a Master in the American Inn of Court, San Francisco chapter, and as trial advocacy faculty at her law school. She was selected by the United States District Court as a mediator and neutral in its nationally-recognized alternative dispute program. 

  • Executive Committee, Member, Board of Directors, GirlVentures, 2012-2016
  • Panelist, United States District Court, Northern District
  • Master, American Inn of Court, San Francisco Chapter
  • University of San Francisco, School of Law, Faculty, Trial Advocacy
  • San Francisco Bar Association, School-to-College Mentor
  • University of California, Berkeley, The Achievement Award Program, The Leadership Award Program, Panelist
  • Maritime Law Association, Proctor in Admiralty
  • Pacific Admiralty Seminar Steering Committee, Section Chair, Employment Law, Member