Stewart Kwoh

President Emeritus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles

Stewart Kwoh is the President Emeritus, founder, past president, and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA). Kwoh is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations, Asian American studies, nonprofit organizations and philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive this highly prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.” Kwoh earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. He teaches at the university’s Asian American Studies Department, and has been an instructor at UCLA School of Law. He is a past expert in residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, and has two honorary doctorates from Williams College and Suffolk School of Law.

Stewart is speaking at

July 15, 2021
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm


  • Aerica Banks (Moderator) Founder and Principal, Shiso LLC
  • Stewart Kwoh (Speaker) President Emeritus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
  • Sindy Benavides (Speaker) Chief Executive Officer, League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Eric Tang (Speaker) Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Hilary Shelton (Speaker) Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, NAACP


This opening plenary brings together leaders from both the AAPI and Black/Brown communities to discuss the importance of solidarity and allyship in the fight against the rise in anti-Asian violence. Panelists will also provide a historical context between the communities and focus on tangible action steps to move forward together as a community in tackling hate.

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