Director, Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity
Rockwell (“Rocky”) Chin is an attorney with extensive experience on civil rights issues.
In April 2007, Mr. Chin was appointed Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Mr. Chin joined the Division after serving 17 years at the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“City Commission”), where he served in several capacities, including as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Community Relations at the City Commission under the administration of Mayor David N. Dinkins. At the City Commission, he was involved in the City Commission’s efforts to open private clubs to women and to address discrimination against people with disabilities, immigrants and gays and lesbians.
Mr. Chin was active in efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and is a former member of the Chinatown/Lower East Side Community Board. Mr. Chin taught civil rights and Asian American Studies courses at NYU, Hunter & Cornell University’s Law School. As Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee, Mr. Chin’s article on “Affirmative Action” was published in the American Bar Association’s November 1999 Special Issue on “Asian Americans & the Law.”
Mr. Chin holds a law degree from the University of Southern California, a Masters Degree in City Planning from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Lehigh University.