Justin Chan surrounded by smiling children

Meet Justin Chan

Justin Chan is the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Administrator and Tribal Liaison. As a first generation Taiwanese American and a dedicated community leader, Justin sits on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment c4 (APACE) and worked for the Department of Early Learning as the Interim Equity and Professional Development Administrator focused on racial equity and ECEAP, our state funded preschool program for three and four year-old children with low income.

He has worked alongside leaders and communities, leading numerous ‘racial equity action planning’ and ‘normalizing the conversation’ trainings with staff and leadership. He has helped provide staff with the tools and knowledge so they can feel capable of planning, implementing, and tracking equity programs while engaging with diverse communities every step of the way.

Justin’s previous roles include Manager of Corporate Services, Marketing, & Communications at Northwest Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, Legislative Assistant to Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, and Interim Director and Executive Assistant to the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.

He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science specialized in Political Economics and a minor in Music. He loves yoga, running and hiking in the great outdoors.

His vision for DDA includes:

  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy that strengthens DDA’s capacity to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Ensuring that DDA services preserve and promote Indian cultural values and the welfare of the Tribal nations and to ensure DDA supports are high quality and comprehensively delivered to all eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives.