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Asian American Advancing Justice

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Women’s March Partner

Founded: 1983

Founder: Stewart Kwoh

Website: www.advancingjustice-la.org


Los Angeles

1145 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

San Francisco

55 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94111


6040 Unity Drive, Suite E Norcross, GA 30071 USA


4753 N Broadway Suite 502, Chicago, IL 60640 USA


  • One of the largest Asian progressive organization
  • The proponent of housing, immigrant, voting and workers’ rights, criminal justice reform, national security, and civil rights


State Bar of California – Legal Services Trust Fund Program State Bar Trust Fund of California – Equal Access Fund and IOLTA Fund City and County of San Francisco, Human Services Agency, Department of Aging and Adult Services City and County of San Francisco, Human Services Agency subgrant from Tenderloin Housing Clinic City and County of San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development City and County of San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development subgrant from Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach City and County of San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development subgrant from Dolores Street Community Services for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal and Education Network City and County of San Francisco, Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs subgrant from Self- Help for the Elderly for the San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement subgrant from Chinese Progressive Association City and County of San Francisco, Rent Board The San Francisco Arts Commission

AABA Law Foundation The California Endowment Firedoll Foundation Ford Foundation The James Irvine Foundation Left Tilt Fund Levi Strauss Foundation The Libra Foundation Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee Foundation National Day Laborer Organizing Network NEO Philanthropy/Four Freedoms Fund NEO Philanthropy/Sunrise Initiative for Human Rights in the U.S. Open Society Foundations Proteus Fund Rosenberg Foundation The San Francisco Foundation Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Law Foundation van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation The Zellerbach Family Foundation

2008 – 2016 federal grants: $1,599,980

Key people:

Orange County Regional Office


  • Lona Cheung / Senior Accountant
  • Kate Chung / Accountant
  • Angelique Jackson / Office Administrator
  • Janet Park / Receptionist II
  • James Weng / Information Technology Support Manager

Organizational Outreach


  • Jennifer Kang Erwood / Director of Individual Giving

Direct Services

  • Sze (Alice) Chan / Community Legal Advocate – Chinese
  • Sandra Chung, Esq. / Staff Attorney II
  • Timony Dharmpetarksakul / Community Legal Advocate Thai
  • Sophaleena Gershoff / Community Legal Advocate – Khmer
  • Thuwadara Goldman / Community Legal Assistant – Thai
  • Theresa Jung / Coordinator
  • Janista Lek / Community Legal Advocate -Thai
  • Izumi Miyake, Esq. / Staff Attorney II
  • Jang Woo Nam / Community Legal Advocate – Korean
  • Parija Patel, Esq. / Staff Attorney
  • Quynh Pham / Community Legal Advocate – Vietnamese
  • Faith Santoso, Esq. / Staff Attorney II
  • Jeanette H. Sayno / Community Legal Advocate – Tagalog
  • Dickran Sevlian, Esq. / Staff Attorney
  • Caleb Song / Community Legal Advocate Korean
  • Betty Song, Esq. / Project Director – SAFE
  • Huy Tran / Citizenship Grants Manager (DOJ Accredited)
  • Karina Trieu / Citizenship Coordinator (DOJ Accredited)
  • Ayano Wolff, Esq. / Staff Attorney
  • Jing Zhang / Paralegal II

Impact Litigation

  • Lana El-Farra / Community Legal Advocate
  • Alice Li / Legal Assistant

Leadership Development

  • Edward Flores / Youth Coordinator
  • Agustin Herrera / Youth and Parent Advocate
  • Julio Orellana / School and Family Coordinator
  • Araceli Simeon-Luna / PON Project Director


  • Eddie G. Hu / Health Program Coordinator
  • Anthony Ng / Policy Advocate – Immigrant Rights
  • Trina Pasumbal / UPLIFT Organizer

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Marie Tan / First Vice-Chair, Marie Tan, CPA, A Prof. Corporation
  • Hon. Casimiro U. Tolentino / Vice Chair, Administrative Law Judge State of California (Retired)
  • Shirley S. Cho, Esq. / Secretary, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
  • Stewart Kwoh, Esq. / President & Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Members at Large

  • Michael J. Brennan
  • Paul S. Chan, Esq. / Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Brooks, Lindenberg & Show
  • Andrea D. Cherng / Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
  • Johnnie Giles / Comcast/ NBC Universal
  • Peter Y. Huh / Pacific American Fish Company
  • Carol Jackson
  • Beong-Soo Kim, Esq. / Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • Kathleen C. Kim, Esq. / Loyola Law School
  • Joseph K. Kim, Esq. / O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Katherine H. Ku, Esq. / Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Jade Leung, Esq. / Manatt, Phelps & Philipps, LLP
  • Vivian Long / Long Family Foundation
  • Joseph M. Lumarda / Capital Guardian Trust Company
  • Betty Rengifo Uribe, Ed.D. / California Bank & Trust
  • Kevin M. Tamaki / AT&T
  • Jack S. Yeh, Esq. / Sidley Austin LLP
  • Manisha Merchant, Esq. / Banc of California
  • Olivia Samad, Esq. / Member, Southern California Edison
  • Gilbert Tong / Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
  • Jeffrey S. Yang, Esq. / MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
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