"Time's Up Now's promise is to build a world where every worker — no matter their gender, race, sexual identity, orientation or physical ability — has an equal shot to reach their full potential. Period," Tina Tchen tweeted

By Ian Horswill


Posted on October 8, 2019

Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to US President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle, has been appointed CEO of Time’s Up, the advocacy organisation founded by powerful women in Hollywood.

Tchen, a lawyer, was a founder of the organisation’s signature initiative: a legal defence fund for women in all industries who experienced sexual harassment at work, New York Times reported. The fund has raised more than US$24 million and 8,000 lawyers have volunteered to fight any sexual harassment legal cases.

Time’s Up was created on 1 January, 2018, by Hollywood celebrities in response to the Harvey Weinstein allegation and #MeToo global revolution.

“We are having a global conversation around workplaces, around the role of women and gender equity, in a way that in those three decades, I’ve never seen before,” Tchen told New York Times.

Tina Tchen

Tchen’s appointment has been made as Time’s Up starts a new project, Time’s Up Impact Lab, focused on research and policies about sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination. The lab received a significant contribution from Pivotal Ventures, an incubator founded by Melinda Gates and led by Jennifer Klein, a strategist for Time’s Up.

“Time’s Up Now’s promise is to build a world where every worker — no matter their gender, race, sexual identity, orientation or physical ability — has an equal shot to reach their full potential. Period,” Tchen tweeted today.

“I can’t wait to contribute to making that vision a reality.”

Tina Tchen replaces Lisa Borders, who resigned in February after her adult son was accused of sexual misconduct. Rebecca Goldman, who had served as interim CEO, will continue as the Time’s Up chief operating officer.