Chan D. Lieu

Senior Policy Advisor
Lieu Chan

Chan Lieu is a senior policy advisor with extensive experience in legislative, policy, and regulatory issues involving transportation, data and cybersecurity, privacy, and emerging technologies. Chan advises clients on complex regulatory and legislative issues associated with the future of the automotive industry, including self-driving automobiles, mobility, connectivity, and advanced driver assist systems. He represents emerging and established automotive and technology firms with regulatory and other issues before the U.S. Congress and executive branch agencies.  Prior to joining Venable, Chan served as director of government affairs, policy, and strategic planning at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Chan led NHTSA's liaison with members of Congress, their staff, and various committees, while advising NHTSA executive leadership on pending legislation. He also managed a NHTSA team that was responsible for developing the agency's strategic plan and operational goals to respond to the rapidly approaching change and disruption in the automotive and transportation industry.

Prior to joining NHTSA, Chan was staff director of the Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. He managed the team handling the operations of the Subcommittee; oversaw the production of numerous committee hearings; and advised committee members throughout the legislative process that resulted in the enactment of several federal laws.

Chan began his career with the federal government at the General Services Administration (GSA) as a security specialist in the Presidential Management Fellows Program. He served as the lead cybersecurity specialist on projects and major e-government initiatives.



Government Experience

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




  • M.I.S.M. Carnegie Mellon University 2001
  • B.A. George Washington University 1998


  • Named Presidential Management Fellow, 2001
  • Named Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellow, 2001
  • Named Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow, 2000