Richard Calvin Chang, JD, is the director and a co-founding member of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) Data Policy Lab at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR). His current work focuses on raising awareness of COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on NHPIs and ensuring the community is accurately represented with policymakers and stakeholders. His duties include developing and maintaining data dashboards highlighting NHPI data, developing data reports for national and local NHPI partners, and assisting with the development of a national policy platform for NHPIs.

Prior to joining UCLA CHPR, Chang worked as an attorney and policy director for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) nonprofits and served as president of the Pacific Islander Health Partnership. He previously managed health policy and data equity campaigns that led to the passage of a smoke-free outdoor area ordinance in the city of Carson and mandating further disaggregation of Asian and Pacific Islander groups by the California Department of Public Health. He has also worked with the California Department of Justice to ensure NHPI data is disaggregated under the Racial and Identity Profiling Act. Chang was also the project manager and co-author of the first demographic profiles of NHPIs in the U.S. and California and the Policy Platform Blueprint for NHPIs in the United States.

Chang received a BA in political science from the University of California, San Diego, a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law, and an MS in computational analysis and public policy at the University of Chicago.