President & Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Stewart Kwoh is president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a legal assistance and civil rights organization he founded in 1983. He also is vice-chair of the board of directors of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kwoh was the first Asian American attorney to be named a MacArthur fellow and has been called one of the nation's "premier advocates for Asian Americans." He is the recipient of the State Bar of California 2007 Loren Miller Legal Services Award, which is given to an attorney who has demonstrated long-term commitment to legal services and who has personally done significant work in extending legal services to the poor. In 1999, Mr. Kwoh was named one of the top 100 most influential Asian Americans of the decade by aMagazine, a magazine covering Asian American issues and culture. He was recognized as Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer magazine in 1998.
Mr. Kwoh is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan resource for information and analysis. He also has served or is currently serving on the boards of The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, the United Methodist Urban Foundation and the California Consumer Protection Foundation. He is co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America, published in 2002.