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The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

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Featured Speakers

avatar for Sue Van

Sue Van

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
President and Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Susie Sands

Susie Sands

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Vice President of the Asian American Program
avatar for Judy Chu

Judy Chu

United States House of Representatives
Congressmember
avatar for Ted Lieu

Ted Lieu

United States House of Representatives
Congressmember
avatar for Rob Bonta

Rob Bonta

California State Assembly
Assemblymember
avatar for Evan Low

Evan Low

California State Assembly
Assemblymember
avatar for Mark Keam

Mark Keam

Virginia House of Delegates
State Legislator
avatar for Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen

City of Garden Grove, California
Mayor
avatar for David Ryu

David Ryu

City of Los Angeles
Councilmember
avatar for Jason Chung

Jason Chung

Republican National Committee
National Director of Asian Pacific American Initiatives, Asian...
avatar for Amy Dacey

Amy Dacey

Democratic National Committee
Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Daniel Kikuo Ichinose

Daniel Kikuo Ichinose

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Project Director, Demographic Research
avatar for Christopher Kang

Christopher Kang

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
National Director
avatar for Stewart Kwoh

Stewart Kwoh

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
President and Executive Director
avatar for Karthick Ramakrishnan

Karthick Ramakrishnan

Asian American and Pacific Islander Data
Director
avatar for Nan Aron

Nan Aron

Alliance for Justice
Executive Director
avatar for Celinda Lake

Celinda Lake

Lake Research Partners
President
avatar for Mee Moua

Mee Moua

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
President and Executive Director
avatar for Tim Storey

Tim Storey

National Conference of State Legislatures
Director of Leaders Services
avatar for Zahra Billoo

Zahra Billoo

Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area
Executive Director
avatar for Sapreet Kaur

Sapreet Kaur

Sikh Coalition
Executive Director
avatar for Karen Korematsu

Karen Korematsu

Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Founder and Executive Director
avatar for Frank Wu

Frank Wu

University of California, Hastings College of Law
Distinguished Professor
avatar for Melina Abdullah

Melina Abdullah

California State University, Los Angeles and Black Lives Matter leadership team
Professor & Chair of Pan-African Studies
avatar for Carlos Amador

Carlos Amador

California Immigrant Policy Center
Lead Organizer
avatar for Gerry Hudson

Gerry Hudson

Service Employees International Union National
Executive Vice President
avatar for Jenny Pizer

Jenny Pizer

Lambda Legal
Law and Policy Project Director
avatar for Eric Ward

Eric Ward

Ford Foundation
Program Officer

Speakers

avatar for Jaweed

Jaweed

The Huffington Post
Former Senior Religion Reporter
avatar for Elaine Abelaye-Mateo

Elaine Abelaye-Mateo

Everyday Impact Consulting
Principal Consultant
avatar for Reema Ahmad

Reema Ahmad

Community Organizer
avatar for Fahd Ahmed

Fahd Ahmed

Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center
Executive Director
avatar for Tanzila Ahmed

Tanzila Ahmed

18 Million Rising
Campaign Strategist
avatar for Sefa Aina

Sefa Aina

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Former Vice Chair
OA

Oraiu Amoni

United Teachers Los Angeles
Political Director
avatar for Rebecca Apostol

Rebecca Apostol

Likha Consulting
Consultant
avatar for María Blanco

María Blanco

California Citizens Redistricting Commission
Commissioner
avatar for Monica Bourommavong

Monica Bourommavong

Southeast Asian Coalition
Citizenship Outreach/Youth Special Projects Coordi
avatar for John Brothers

John Brothers

Quincy Asian Resources Inc.
Executive Director
avatar for Povi-Tamu Bryant

Povi-Tamu Bryant

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Program Coordinator, Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations
avatar for Randy Bunnao

Randy Bunnao

ETTV
Reporter
avatar for German Cash

German Cash

New American Leaders Project
Program Director
avatar for Greg Cendana

Greg Cendana

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Executive Director
avatar for Guadalupe Chavez

Guadalupe Chavez

Dignity and Power Now
Director of Programs
avatar for Christine Chen

Christine Chen

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Executive Director
avatar for Shelly Chen

Shelly Chen

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Voter Engagement Coordinator
avatar for Lian Cheun

Lian Cheun

Khmer Girls in Action
Executive Director
avatar for Kathleen Ko Chin

Kathleen Ko Chin

President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Member
avatar for Stephanie Cho

Stephanie Cho

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
Interim Executive Director
avatar for Kat Choi

Kat Choi

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
UCLA Public Interest Law Fellow
avatar for Steven Choi

Steven Choi

New York Immigration Coalition
Executive Director
avatar for George Christie

George Christie

State Voices
Senior Program Manager
avatar for Marianne Chung

Marianne Chung

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Community Initiatives Director
avatar for Joanna Concepcion

Joanna Concepcion

Filipino Migrant Center
Executive Director
avatar for Scott Cummings

Scott Cummings

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
Professor
avatar for Jacqueline Dan

Jacqueline Dan

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County
Staff Attorney II / VABANC Law Foundation Fellow
avatar for Cathy Dang

Cathy Dang

Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities
Executive Director
avatar for Andrew Davison

Andrew Davison

Crossroads Campaigns Solutions
Consultant
avatar for Quyen Dinh

Quyen Dinh

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Executive Director
avatar for Victoria Dominguez

Victoria Dominguez

Central American Resource Center
Educational Services and Policy Coordinator
avatar for Adriana Dulic

Adriana Dulic

Epoch Payment Solutions
Chair of Association of Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Committee
avatar for Betzabel Estudillo

Betzabel Estudillo

California Immigrant Policy Center
Health Policy Coordinator
avatar for Marita Etcubanez

Marita Etcubanez

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Director of Strategic Initiatives
avatar for Kathay Feng

Kathay Feng

California Common Cause
Executive Director
avatar for Momi Fernandez

Momi Fernandez

Papa Ola Lokahi
Director of the Census Information Center and Data & Information
avatar for Francesca Fiorentini

Francesca Fiorentini

AJ+
Presenter/Producer
avatar for Lisa Fu

Lisa Fu

Program and Outreach Director
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
avatar for Elliott Fukui

Elliott Fukui

Transgender Law Center
Director of Community Engagement
avatar for DeNora Getachew

DeNora Getachew

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel
avatar for Johnnie Giles

Johnnie Giles

Comcast/NBC Universal
Executive Director of External Affairs and Vice President of...
avatar for Kirk Glaze

Kirk Glaze

Coca-Cola North America
Director of Community Partnerships
avatar for Rosalind Gold

Rosalind Gold

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund
Senior Director, Policy, Research and Advocacy
avatar for Yves Gomes

Yves Gomes

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
National Executive Board Member
avatar for Lisa Hasegawa

Lisa Hasegawa

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Executive Director
avatar for Belinda Escobosa Helzer

Belinda Escobosa Helzer

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Senior Staff Attorney
avatar for Linda Her

Linda Her

Asian American Organizing Project
Executive Director
avatar for Johanna Puno  Hester

Johanna Puno Hester

United Domestic Workers of America/AFSCME
Special Assistant to the Executive Director
avatar for Sherry Hirota

Sherry Hirota

Asian Health Services
Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Gloria Ho

Gloria Ho

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Citizenship Network Manager
avatar for James Hong

James Hong

MinKwon Center for Community Action
Director of Civic Engagement
avatar for Janelle Hu

Janelle Hu

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Health Program Manager
avatar for Priscilla Huang

Priscilla Huang

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Independent Consultant
avatar for Denise Hulett

Denise Hulett

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
National Senior Counsel
avatar for Betty Hung

Betty Hung

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Policy Director
avatar for Saima Husain

Saima Husain

South Asian Network
Deputy Director
avatar for Saira Hussain

Saira Hussain

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform
avatar for Van Huynh

Van Huynh

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago
NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellow
avatar for Noelle Ito

Noelle Ito

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Vice President of Programs
avatar for Sarah Jawaid

Sarah Jawaid

LA Voice
Organizer
avatar for Irene Jor

Irene Jor

National Domestic Workers Alliance
New York Organizer
avatar for Ray Jose

Ray Jose

Many Languages One Voice
Immigrant Youth Justice Organizer
avatar for Melissa Juan

Melissa Juan

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Project Assistant, Citizenship
avatar for Paul Jung

Paul Jung

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Staff Attorney
avatar for Theresa  Jung

Theresa Jung

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
ESL/Civics Coordinator
avatar for Amy Kaizuka

Amy Kaizuka

OneJustice
Senior Staff Attorney
avatar for Andy Kang

Andy Kang

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago
Legal Director
avatar for Winifred (Winnie) Kao

Winifred (Winnie) Kao

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Litigation Director
avatar for Melissa Keaney

Melissa Keaney

National Immigration Law Center
Staff Attorney
avatar for K.B. Jenny Kim

K.B. Jenny Kim

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Development Associate
avatar for Kathleen Kim

Kathleen Kim

Loyola Law School
Professor of Law
avatar for Victoria Kim

Victoria Kim

Los Angeles Times
Reporter
avatar for Deanna Kitamura

Deanna Kitamura

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Project Director, Voting Rights
avatar for Kay Ko

Kay Ko

White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Regional Network Member
avatar for Aarti Kohli

Aarti Kohli

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Deputy Director
avatar for Manjusha Kulkarni

Manjusha Kulkarni

South Asian Network
Executive Director
avatar for Audrey Kuo

Audrey Kuo

API Equality - LA
Executive Director
avatar for David  Kupihea

David Kupihea

Amity Foundation
Maintenance Supervisor
avatar for Bonnie Kwon

Bonnie Kwon

White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
Deputy Regional Director
avatar for Joyce Lam

Joyce Lam

Chinese Progressive Association
Senior Community Organizer
avatar for Christopher Lapinig

Christopher Lapinig

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney
avatar for Sandra Chen Lau

Sandra Chen Lau

University of Southern California Pacific Asia Museum
Chief Development Officer
avatar for Cat Bao Le

Cat Bao Le

Southeast Asian Coalition
Executive Director
avatar for Cindy Lee

Cindy Lee

KSCI-TV, LA18
Community and Public Affairs Manager
avatar for EunSook Lee

EunSook Lee

AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
Director
avatar for Jen  Lee

Jen Lee

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Care Organizations
Director of Community Services and Partnerships
avatar for Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Senior Research Analyst
avatar for Traci Lee

Traci Lee

NBC News
Digital Editorial Manager, NBC Asian America
avatar for Susan Li

Susan Li

Service Employees International Union 721
External Organizer
avatar for Chi-mei Lin

Chi-mei Lin

Chinese Community Center
Executive Director
avatar for Timmy Lu

Timmy Lu

Asian Pacific Environmental Network
State Organizing Director
avatar for Louise Luis

Louise Luis

Migrante Los Angeles
Member
avatar for Jay Ly

Jay Ly

Stinkin Crawfish
Manager
avatar for Emi MacLean

Emi MacLean

National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Staff Attorney
avatar for Haroon Manjlai

Haroon Manjlai

Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles
Public Affairs Coordinator
avatar for Antonio Manning

Antonio Manning

JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Vice President
avatar for Yen Marshall

Yen Marshall

AT&T
Area Director, External Affairs
avatar for Dean Matsubayashi

Dean Matsubayashi

Little Tokyo Service Center
Executive Director
avatar for riKu Matsuda

riKu Matsuda

Gender Justice Los Angeles
Board Member
avatar for Asma Men

Asma Men

California Community Foundation
Program Coordinator
avatar for Terry Minnis

Terry Minnis

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Director of Census & Voting Programs
avatar for John Miyasato

John Miyasato

Crossroads Campaigns Solutions
President
avatar for Gaelin Monkman-Kotz

Gaelin Monkman-Kotz

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
ESL/Civics Instructor
avatar for Steven Montoya

Steven Montoya

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
National Campaign Director
avatar for S. Floyd Mori

S. Floyd Mori

APAICS Leadership Network and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
President and CEO
avatar for Diane Narasaki

Diane Narasaki

Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Executive Director
avatar for Andy Nash

Andy Nash

World Education
Professional Developer
avatar for Anthony Ng

Anthony Ng

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Policy Advocate, Immigrant Rights
avatar for Vinh Ngo

Vinh Ngo

Bank of America
Risk Manager
avatar for Minh Nguyen

Minh Nguyen

Vietnamese American Young Leaders of New Orleans
Executive Director
avatar for Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen

1Love Movement
Organizer
avatar for Stephanie Nitahara

Stephanie Nitahara

Japanese American Citizens League
Pacific Southwest Regional Director
avatar for Tia Oso

Tia Oso

Black Alliance for Just Immigration
National Organizer
avatar for Jonathan Paik

Jonathan Paik

Korean Resource Center
Campaign Manager
avatar for Tiffany Panlilio

Tiffany Panlilio

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Advocate
avatar for Raymond Partolan

Raymond Partolan

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
Program Coordinator
avatar for Christian Phillips

Christian Phillips

University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science Department
avatar for Courtni Pugh

Courtni Pugh

Hilltop Public Solutions
Partner
avatar for Colin Rajah

Colin Rajah

Global Coalition on Migration
International Coordinator
avatar for Nona Randois

Nona Randois

Alliance for Justice
Attorney at Law, Southern California Director
avatar for Jenny Rejeske

Jenny Rejeske

National Immigration Law Center
Health Campaign Deputy Director; Health Policy Ana
avatar for Alma-Delia Renteria

Alma-Delia Renteria

Lynwood Unified School District
School Board President
avatar for Alberto Retana

Alberto Retana

Community Coalition
President and Chief Executive Officer
avatar for Saul Rodriguez

Saul Rodriguez

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
ESL/Civics Instructor
avatar for Leslie Berestein Rojas

Leslie Berestein Rojas

Southern California Public Radio
Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter
avatar for Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
Executive Director
avatar for Grisel Ruiz

Grisel Ruiz

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Staff Attorney
avatar for Mikaela Saelua

Mikaela Saelua

AIDS Project Los Angeles Health & Wellness
Prevention Training Specialist
avatar for Thomas Saenz

Thomas Saenz

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
President and General Counsel
avatar for Ramla Sahid

Ramla Sahid

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans
Executive Director
avatar for Eric Salcedo

Eric Salcedo

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
National Field Director
avatar for Joseph Santos-Lyons

Joseph Santos-Lyons

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Executive Director
avatar for Jenny Seon

Jenny Seon

Korean Resource Center
Immigrant Rights Project Director
avatar for Aparna Shah

Aparna Shah

Mobilize the Immigrant Vote
Executive Director
avatar for Reshma Shamasunder

Reshma Shamasunder

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Policy Consultant
avatar for Preeti Sharma

Preeti Sharma

University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. Candidate, Gender Studies Department
avatar for Lori Shellenberger

Lori Shellenberger

American Civil Liberties Union of California
Voting Rights Director
avatar for Shyaam Subramanian

Shyaam Subramanian

Alliance for Justice
Southern California Counsel
avatar for Sarah Sumadi

Sarah Sumadi

OneAmerica
Washington New Americans Program Manager
avatar for Sarath Suong

Sarath Suong

Providence Youth Student Movement
Executive Director
avatar for Duc Ta

Duc Ta

API RISE
Co Founder
avatar for Bonnie Tang

Bonnie Tang

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Co-Director of Development
avatar for Jason Tengco

Jason Tengco

White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Deputy Director
avatar for Monica  Thammarath

Monica Thammarath

National Education Association
Senior Liaison
avatar for Aman Thind

Aman Thind

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Immigration Project Director
avatar for Doua Thor

Doua Thor

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Executive Director
avatar for Chris Tirrell

Chris Tirrell

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Pro Bono Co-Chair and Global Alliance, Supply Chain, and Worldwide...
avatar for Alex T. Tom

Alex T. Tom

Chinese Progressive Association
Executive Director
avatar for Craig Tomiyoshi

Craig Tomiyoshi

IW Group
Vice President, Consumer Engagement
avatar for Theresa Tran

Theresa Tran

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan
Executive Director
avatar for John Trang

John Trang

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Staff Attorney
avatar for Fred Tsao

Fred Tsao

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Senior Policy Counsel
avatar for 'Alisi Tulua

'Alisi Tulua

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
Chief Operating Officer
avatar for Ethany Uttech

Ethany Uttech

ioby
Partnerships Manager
avatar for Kabzuag Vaj

Kabzuag Vaj

Freedom Inc.
Founder & Co-Executive Director
avatar for Sandy Valenciano

Sandy Valenciano

California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
Northern Organizer
avatar for Jerry Vattamala

Jerry Vattamala

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Director, Democracy Program
avatar for Karalee Mahealani Vaughn

Karalee Mahealani Vaughn

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
Board Member
avatar for Gabriela Villareal

Gabriela Villareal

California Immigrant Policy Center
Interim Executive Director
avatar for Nisha Vyas

Nisha Vyas

Public Counsel
Staff Attorney, Community Development Project
avatar for Alton Wang

Alton Wang

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Communications and Development Associate
avatar for Ben Wang

Ben Wang

Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Co-Chair
avatar for Isha Weerasinghe

Isha Weerasinghe

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Director of Policy and Advocacy
avatar for Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Coalition for Responsible Community Development
Executive Director
avatar for Maiko Winkler-Chin

Maiko Winkler-Chin

The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Executive Director
avatar for Annette Wong

Annette Wong

Chinese for Affirmative Action
Immigrant Rights Program Manager
avatar for Doreena Wong

Doreena Wong

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Health Access Project Director
avatar for Kent Wong

Kent Wong

University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center
Director
avatar for Tom K. Wong

Tom K. Wong

University of California, San Diego
Assistant Professor and Director of the International Migration...
avatar for Grant  Wu

Grant Wu

World Journal Los Angeles
Account Executive


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