Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Board Member

Marie Tan, CPA, A Prof. Corporation

Marie Tan has served on the Advancing Justice - LA Board since 1996.

Tan holds two degrees - in commerce and law - from the University of Rangoon, Burma and two master's degrees - in accounting and business taxation - from the University of Southern California.  She was also a registered accountant in Burma before she and her husband, Chor Chai, migrated to the United States in 1969. Tan passed all parts of the CPA examinations at her first attempt in 1972.

Tan was a financial analyst (her first job in U.S.) for more than three years with Dart Industries, Inc.  She left Dart to join Grant Thornton & Company (formerly Alexander Grant & Company) to get her local auditing experience, to be a qualified CPA.  She worked at Grant for more than nine years, joined KPMG (formerly Peat Marwick) for two years, and then started operating her own accounting firm in 1983.

Tan has been a director of Trust Bank since its inception in 1995.  She chaired both the Audit and Internal Asset Review committees for the bank until it merged with East West Bank in 2004. She also has served on the Board of Governors of the Little Tokyo Service Center since 2008.


Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI)
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday

For more information or to apply to DRAI, please call: 

Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese)  (213) 241-8872
Khmer  (213) 241-8877
Korean  (213) 241-8873
Tagalog  (213) 241-8874
Thai  (213) 241-8875
Vietnamese  (213) 241-8876
English/Other, Non-Spanish  (213) 241-8880
Spanish/English** (CARECEN)  (213) 315-2659
Spanish/English** (CHIRLA)  (213) 201-8700
 (213) 395-9547

*This list will continue to expand.
** Spanish assistance available through CARECEN & CHIRLA.
***We are experiencing heavier call volume than usual. We highly encourage you to call your native language phone line, the wait time may be shorter. 

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.