Weekly Featured Profile – Wilma Chan
Wilma Chan (born October 5, 1949) in Boston,Massachusetts, serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in the Bay Area. A leading Democrat, Chan served as the California State Assembly Majority Leader from 2002–2004. She also served as Assembly Majority Whip from 2001-2002. Chan was a resident of Oakland for more than 20 years; she now lives in Alameda.
Chan is also a teacher and the Legislator-in-Residence at theUniversity of California, Berkeley. She taught the course Cal-in-Sacramento in the Spring of 2007. She is currently working on “expanding healthcare in Oakland and Alameda County.”
Wilma has been one of California’s most left wing legislators. During her six years in the Assembly, she passed more than 70 bills and resolutions… and has been a reliable ally of the illegal immigrant amnesty movement.
Wilma Chan was, for many years, a leader of the Maoist movement and was an organizer in the Chinese communities of Boston and San Francisco since 1969. She was in the early 1980s, the Chairperson of the National Asian Struggles Commission of the League of Revolutionary Struggle, at the time America’s largest pro-China communist organization.
Chan stayed with the organization until its dissolution in 1990, but continues to work with former comrades, many now in the Democratic Party, right up to today.
For instance, Wilma Chan‘s current Chief of Staff Dave Brown is also a former League of Revolutionary Strugglesupporter.