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Grace Becker

Board of Directors American Councils for International Education


In 2007, Grace Chung Becker was appointed by President Bush to head the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, an organization of 700 employees and a budget exceeding $100 million. Ms. Becker became the first presidentially nominated woman to run the Division in its 52 year history.
She has worked in all three branches of the federal government as well as in a private law firm.  Ms. Becker was selected as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and Judge James L. Buckley on the federal district and appellate courts in Washington, D.C.  After working as an associate at the law firm of Williams and Connolly, she litigated and counseled high level officials in the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Army, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Sentencing Commission, and U.S. Department of Defense.  She has received numerous awards, including the “Outstanding Civilian Service” medal for her work involving allegations that South Korean civilian refugees were killed by United States soldiers and airmen during the Korean War at No Gun Ri.
Ms. Becker graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center. She was an interpreter at the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea.