Ying Ma is founder and president of the American Ideals PAC, a political action committee, and Defend American Ideals, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Both organizations champion the Founding ideals of this country. Ying is the author of Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, host of the podcast China vs. USA, and member of the Board of Advisors for the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women.
In 2020, she was the communications director of the NO on Prop 16 Campaign, which defeated an attempt to reinstate race-based affirmative action in California. Previously, Ying served as a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, practiced law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, managed corporate communications at Sina.com, worked on the first professional staff of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and advised public affairs clients in the Hong Kong office of Burson-Marsteller. From 2007 to 2012, she was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 1998, Ying worked 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.
Ying has written widely about politics, conservatism, China, and international affairs. A former contributor to The Wall Street Journal‘s China blog, she has been published in The Wall Street Journal Asia, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, FOX News, NBC News, Forbes.com, and other publications. Her on-air commentary has been featured on FOX News, FOX Business, CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Bloomberg Television, and elsewhere.
Ying received a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from Cornell University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. She legally immigrated to the United States from Communist China at age ten.