Samuel Chu

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Samuel Chu
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Samuel Chu
Born Hong Kong
Alma mater University of California, San Diego
Fuller Theological Seminary

Samuel M. Chu currently directs the national advocacy and organizing for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.,[1] leading local and regional campaigns around issues of food insecurity and access in various states. He is a fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at University of Southern California,[2] where he engages in research, writing and teaching around community organizing, public leadership, and the role of religious institutions in social change.

He also directs special projects for Consumer Watchdog as well as the social justice program, Minyan Tzedek, at IKAR,[3] a Jewish spiritual community that stands at the intersection of spirituality and social justice in Los Angeles, CA, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous.

Life and career[edit]

An immigrant from Hong Kong who grew up in a Southern Baptist household,[4] Chu graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2000, majoring in political science. He completed his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2002. He resides in Los Angeles, CA. He serves as Chair and President of the Board of Directors of One LA[5][6]-Industrial Areas Foundation, one of the nation's largest community organizing networks and of 1010 Development Corporation,[7] a non-profit affordable housing developer in Los Angeles rooted in the United Methodist tradition. He also served on board of directors of various other organizations such as the California Council of Churches.

Chu served as the Executive Director of California Faith for Equality and California Faith for Equality Action Fund from January 2009 to March 2011.[8] Chu was appointed as interim executive director in January 2009 [9] and later appointed as CFE's first permanent executive director in April 2010 after an extensive national search. He was the first straight person to head a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supportive organization. Under his leadership, CFE filed one of the largest amicus briefs to the courts in support of marriage equality.[10]

In 2008, Chu joined the effort, as a national director, to develop the national, bi-coastal network of youth development projects called WorkUp, focusing primarily on asset building, financial literacy, and social entrepreneurship.[11]

He has organized for OneLA[12] where his accomplishments included creating and implementing projects such as the largest community-led enrollment program for the Affordable Care Act in California [13][14] and the nation's first mortgage principle reduction plan during the foreclosure crisis [15][16]

He served on the pastoral staff at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Presbyterian Church USA) in Los Angeles, CA from 2002-2009.,[17] a multi-cultural, social justice congregation on Wilshire Boulevard.

Chu is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences, programs, and other training institutes, including the Presbyterian Church USA,[18] Advancing Justice Conference,[19] the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute,[20] and the United States Student Association.[21]


  1. ^ Mazon
  2. ^ Bio on CRCC website
  3. ^ IKAR
  4. ^ Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America by J. Stout, Pg. 207
  5. ^ One LA-IAF Website
  6. ^ One LA Leaders Show Clout, by Bill Boyarsky, LA Observed
  7. ^ A Resounding “YES” we will work with ONE LA – From Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, LA County Dir. of Health Services Mitchell Katz and Assemblyman Mike Feuer
  8. ^ Press Release
  9. ^ MLP Congratulation
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ WorkUp Website
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ [3]
  14. ^ []
  15. ^ [4]
  16. ^ [5]
  17. ^ Immanuel Presbyterian Church Website
  18. ^ PCUSA Multicultural Conference Registration Book
  19. ^ Advancing Justice Conference Speaker Bios
  20. ^ American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute
  21. ^ USSA


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