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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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Wednesday, March 30 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Opening Plenary: Why Do Asian American and Pacific Islander Voters Matter?

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Welcome & Opening Remarks:  Sue Van, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, not just in coastal cities, but also places like the South and the Midwest. As a result, AAPI voters now have the potential to be the margin of victory in many local, state, and federal elections. We will explore both the growing AAPI electorate and the issues that matter to AAPI voters -- e.g., education access, immigration, and health care. Additionally, we will hear how the two major political parties see AAPI voters as well as examine how, as a heavily “unaffiliated” population, AAPIs are leading the shift in how issues and values play an increasingly important role in getting out the vote. In this election cycle, where every vote will count, AAPI voters should not be ignored or taken for granted.

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Stewart Kwoh

President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
In 1983, Stewart Kwoh co-founded Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization that serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. The organization provides direct services to individual clients; engages in policy advocacy, research and analysis; litigates impact lawsuits; and provides social change-based leadership training. Asian Americans... Read More →
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Sue Van

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Sue Van is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.  She has fiduciary responsibility for the vision, strategic plan and operations of the Foundation. Van is integrally involved in every aspect of its programs, from creation to implementation and establishing the criteria for success. Prior to establishing the Foundation in 1999, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of... Read More →

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Jason Chung

National Director of Asian Pacific American Initiatives, Asian Pacific American Communications Director, Republican National Committee
Jason Chung currently serves as National Director of Asian Pacific American Initiatives and as Asian Pacific American Communications Director at the Republican National Committee (RNC). He serves as a primary Asian American and Pacific Islander political and communications strategist for the Republican Party. Prior to his position at the RNC, he served as a consultant to The Livingston Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based government relations and... Read More →
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Amy Dacey

Chief Executive Officer, Democratic National Committee
Since January 2014, Amy K. Dacey has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a role to which she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and strategic insight gained from her lifelong career in politics. Prior to joining the DNC, Dacey worked as the Executive Director of EMILY’s List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice Democratic women running for office at all levels of... Read More →
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Daniel Kikuo Ichinose

Project Director, Demographic Research, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Daniel Ichinose directs the Demographic Research Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. He oversees the organization’s Census Information Center and is lead researcher on several projects, including ongoing studies of Asian American political participation. He is a veteran of two statewide redistricting campaigns, working with stakeholders throughout California to construct the Asian American and Native Hawaiian... Read More →
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Christopher Kang

National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations. From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, rising to Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Obama. He was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of judicial nominees and also advised on commutations and executive clemency. Kang led the legislative outreach for... Read More →
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Karthick Ramakrishnan

Director, Asian American and Pacific Islander Data
Karthick Ramakrishnan is Associate Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside. He directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of AAPIdata.com, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is the author, most recently of The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and has appeared in over 1,000 news stories... Read More →