Government Experience

  • Director of Government Affairs, Policy and Strategic Planning, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Security Specialist, General Services Administration


  • M.I.S.M., Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
  • B.A., George Washington University, 1998
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Chan D. Lieu

Senior Policy Advisor

Chan Lieu is a member of Venable’s Legislative and Government Affairs Group who represents emerging and established automotive and technology firms. A veteran of the Legislative and Executive Branches, Chan has significant experience in a broad range of policy and regulatory matters involving the transportation industry, data and cybersecurity, privacy, internet technologies, and other emerging technologies. He advises clients on regulatory and legislative matters associated with the future of the automotive industry, including self-driving and mobility, connectivity, and advanced driver assist systems.

Most recently, Chan served as Director of Government Affairs, Policy and Strategic Planning at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In this position, Chan led NHTSA’s liaison activity with Members of Congress, their staffs and various committees while advising senior leadership on pending legislation. He also managed a NHTSA team responsible for developing the agency’s strategic plan and operational goals for the future of auto transportation safety.

Prior to joining NHTSA, Chan spent eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation as a Senior Professional Staff Member. Through this position, he managed the team responsible for the overall operation of the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space, oversaw the production of numerous committee hearings, and advised Members throughout the various phases of the legislative process resulting in the enactment of seven federal laws.

Chan began his career with the federal government at the General Services Administration as a Security Specialist in the Presidential Management Fellows Program. He served as the lead cybersecurity specialist on projects and major e-government initiatives such as e-Authentication, GovBenefits, DisasterHelp and DisabilityDirect.