About Tim Lau


Tim Lau is a writer and editor specializing in U.S. and international public policy, social movements, arts and culture, technology, and the environment. 

Since 2015, Lau has worked on building online audiences for nonprofit organizations and for their research and advocacy efforts. He is currently the staff writer at the Brennan Center for Justice, where he covers issues including voting rights, criminal justice reform, and civil liberties. He previously held editorial positions at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Asia Society.

Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Lau was a part of the digital division at Edelman, where he worked primarily with clients in the consumer technology sector. He has also worked as snow removal crew member, a tutor, and a radio DJ.

Lau holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a master’s degree from Hunter College at the City University of New York. His pastimes include language learning, photography, piano, running, and tennis.

Raised in New Jersey by immigrants from Taiwan and Hong Kong, Lau has also lived in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. areas. He is now based in New York City.

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