Jack Hsia comes to Georgetown after working at the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) as a community liaison and worked on policies and outreach to Asian American communities in Chinatown, Lower East Side and Sunset Park. Multilingual in Chinese and Spanish, Jack conducted casework for constituents struggling with immigration, asylum and housing issues. Their experience working with the community and local organizations has shown them firsthand the disparity between language needs in Asian communities and the availability of resources.
During this time, they also worked and advised on policies with community impact. After learning about the significant impact of liver illnesses and cancer on immigrant communities, they helped propose the Liver Illness Visibility, Education, and Research Act. They are interested in how legislation can impact the local level.
Prior to this position, they were a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Colombia and also worked at Corpovisionarios, a Colombian NGO that found creative solutions to social problems such as violence in nightlife and reconciliation during the 2016 peace process.
Jack is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on International Relations and Art. During their college years, they also gained a diverse range of experiences in government and community development at the Chinatown Business Improvement District, APRENAT Quininí, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, and the Offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. They were also president of the NYU Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club and continues to practice in their spare time. They hail from upstate New York and continue to maintain a scholarship fund at their old high school for youth who struggle with or have overcome mental health challenges.
At Georgetown Law, Jack hopes to further explore how to serve and better represent traditionally underrepresented communities.