Stewart Kwoh is the founder of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization, serving more than 15,000 people and organizations every year. Advancing Justice-LA helps the underrepresented and underserved in areas such as domestic violence, immigration, employment, and hate crimes. Through his civil rights advocacy, Kwoh’s work transcends the court systems and has helped build multiethnic and multiracial coalitions to provide those in need with access to community and services. Kwoh has been recognized nationally for his leadership in Asian American studies and philanthropy and as a civil rights advocate. In 1998, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive this prestigious recognition. Outside of his legal and social justice work, Kwoh continues his support of the UCLA community, including teaching in the Asian American Studies Department and the UCLA School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree and his JD from UCLA.
“Without a doubt, Stewart’s tangible contributions have driven the Asian American narrative forward into a better and more hopeful place, efforts that are especially appreciated and needed now more than ever.” -Arnold Lee, Asian Pacific Alumni Foundation