Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Advancing Justice-LA Welcomes Interim Executive Director, Sylia Obagi

LOS ANGELES, CA — On May 1, 2019, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA)  welcomed Sylia Obagi as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. 
Sylia Obagi comes to Advancing Justice-LA with an extensive background in programs, management, administration, and finance. She has served as President & CEO of the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation as well as a senior executive at the Annenberg Foundation. Further, she has worked with a range of other philanthropic and nonprofit institutions over the course of her career. 
“We are proud to welcome Sylia to our organization,” said Nita Song, Chair of the Advancing Justice-LA Board of Directors. “Sylia’s experience provides critical expertise during this transformative time for our organization.  For the past 35 years, we’ve built a legacy of impact and progress and Sylia joins us at the right time, to strengthen our infrastructure to set us up for continued success.  We are confident that this transition will lead to a stronger and more vibrant organization in the years ahead.” 
“I am honored to have been entrusted with taking on this great opportunity at Advancing Justice-LA,” said Sylia Obagi. “I look forward to working with the incredible staff and Board of Directors to continue the organization’s fight for a more equitable future for our communities.” 
As announced at the 35th Anniversary dinner, Stewart Kwoh has transitioned his role from President and Executive Director of Advancing Justice-LA after over 35 years of leading the organization. He will serve a new role as Founder and will continue focusing his efforts on fund development and coalition building. 
“We are thankful for Stewart’s leadership throughout the years,” said Song. “It is because of his vision and dedication that Advancing Justice-LA has become a leading advocate for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander communities.  His contributions are invaluable and we are thankful he will continue to serve the organization.” 
In the coming months, the Board of Directors will search for a permanent President and Executive Director to lead Advancing Justice-LA into its next chapter. 
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Monday, May 13, 2019


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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.