Ida K. Chen is the only lifetime-member of the Fels Board, having served since 1993 and as Board Chair from 2000-2003. Judge Chen was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to United States from Indonesia. Currently, she serves in the Philadelphia Family Court.
Previously, she served on the boards of ActionAIDS, American Association of Ethnic Chinese (AAEC), Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues (BEBASHI), AIDS Services in Asian Communities (ASIAC), Fellowship Commission, Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University Hospital, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program, Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), St. Christopher’s Hospital Foundation, General Alumni Association of Temple University, William Penn Foundation, Women’s Way, and the YWCA Mid-City Branch; was a Co-Chair for the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service; a member of the Youth Aid Panel of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Furness High School Law Academy, the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial & Ethnic Fairness; and along with Cecilia Moy Yep, the Cofounder of the Asian American Women’s Coalition (AAWC).
In 2003, she was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to chair the Ethics Committee for the Philadelphia 21st Century Review Forum. At the request of the Chairman of the School Reform Commission, she chaired the Ethics Task Force of the United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, in 2012.
Presently, she serves on the boards of Drexel University, Jenkins Law Library, On Lok House (senior citizen’s home in Chinatown), Temple University Law School Foundation, and is an Advisor to the Chinese American Women’s Sisterhood Society of Philadelphia (CAWSSP).