Colleen Chien is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she teaches, writes, and mentors students. Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty in 2007, Professor Chien prosecuted patents at Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco, as an associate and then Special Counsel, and was a Fellow at the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences.
From 2013-2015 she served in the Obama White House as a Senior Advisor, Intellectual Property and Innovation, working on a broad range of patent, copyright, technology transfer, open innovation, educational innovation, and other issues. Professor Chien is nationally known for her research and publications on domestic and international patent law and policy issues.
Laura is the Founder and Executive Director of Accel.AI, a global Non Profit Institute lowering the barriers to entry in engineering artificial intelligence. She has been described as a natural and versatile leader with a passion for AI, Computer Science, Research, and Psychology.
She is a Director with Women Who Code, a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. A founder and co-Chair of the Latinx in AI Coalition, and she also founded and maintains a community forum, TechLore, which focuses on literature that addresses empowerment, entrepreneurship, culture, social justice, and inclusion through the lens of technology.