Wenchi Yu is Policy Advisor of the Secretary's Office of Global Women’s Issues in the U.S. Department of State. Led by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, the Office of Global Women's Issues reflects President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s priority to mainstream women and gender issues in U.S. foreign policy.
Ms. Yu assists Ambassador Verveer in mobilizing concrete support for women’s economic empowerment globally through programs and initiatives that ensure women’s and girls’ equal access to full participation in society.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Ms. Yu was Senior Research Associate at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China where she focused on women’s rights, human trafficking, and civil society development in China.
Prior to her work at the U.S. Congress, Ms. Yu was Vice President of Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international women's NGO where she led the organization's anti-trafficking initiative. She has testified before the U.S. Congress on human trafficking in China.