She is the author of Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, a memoir about getting to know freedom from post-Mao China to inner-city Oakland, California.
Previously, Ms. Ma served as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University, a premier conservative think tank; practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a leading global law firm headquartered in New York; managed corporate communications at Sina.com, the first Mainland China-based Internet company to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market; and served on the first professional staff of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressional commission established to examine the security implications of America’s economic relationship with China.
From 2007 to 2012, Ms. Ma was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 1998, Ms. Ma served on the staff of an American delegation whose leaders were appointed by former President Bill Clinton and invited by former Chinese President Jiang Zemin to visit China and discuss religious freedom. In 1996, Ms. Ma was the Bay Area Outreach Coordinator for Proposition 209, a ballot initiative that ended public racial and gender preferences in California.
Ms. Ma has written about China, international affairs, the free market and conservatism. Her articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal Asia, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Weekly Standard, FoxNews.com, Forbes.com and elsewhere. She has also served as a columnist for The Wall Street Journal’s ChinaRealTime website. Her work has been featured on the Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, Fox News Radio, CBS Radio, The Laura Ingraham Show, The John Batchelor Show and other programs.
Ms. Ma received a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from Cornell University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. In college, she served as President of The Cornell Review, a bi-weekly conservative newspaper. In law school, she was President of the Stanford Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, an organization dedicated to conservative and libertarian legal principles.
Ms. Ma legally immigrated to the United States from Communist China at age ten.