Wan-an Chiang, LLM’04 L’06Member of the Legislature, Taiwan
In January 2016, Chiang Wan-an declared victory in the legislative election in Taipei’s 3rd electoral district. Chiang was a first-time legislative candidate, who has been called the future of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT). He is a dynamic voice providing new direction to the party his great-grandfather (former President Chiang Kai-shek) helped found and ruled for decades. Chiang is responding to voices from the grassroots sector asking the KMT to undertake reforms, which has made him determined to push for change within the party. As part of his platform during the campaign, Chiang vowed to push for relaxation of regulations to attract more foreign investors for the sake of the country’s economic development
After receiving his LLB from National Chengchi University, Chiang worked for the law firm Lee and Li, then later became an aide in the National Assembly. Following his graduation from Penn Law, Chiang joined the Palo Alto-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) one of the top law firms in California, specializing in business, securities, and intellectual property law. In his time there, Chiang worked with clients from all over Silicon Valley, including Google, Apple and Tesla, in some cases guiding would-be entrepreneurs as they started their companies or raising venture capital.
After practicing for several years, he founded his own law firm. Business brought him to Asia quite frequently , and he returned to Taiwan in 2013. Chiang has said that it was first-hand experience working with the government that finally persuaded him to pursue a political career.
“Due to my experience in practicing law in Silicon Valley, the Ministry of Economic Affairs invited me to share my experience of the cases I worked on and my insight on the latest regulations and statutes in the U.S.. Yet after attending a number of those meetings, I realized that they seldom came to a conclusion and more often went nowhere. So I decided that rather than crying in vain for reform from the outside, I should try to affect change from within as a lawmaker.”