Mee Moua (’97) to Head Asian American Justice Center
JANUARY 31, 2012—After a nationwide search, the Board of Directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) has named Mee Moua (’97) its new president and executive director, effective March 19, 2012.
Moua is currently Vice President of Strategic Impact Initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) in Washington, D.C., managing its policy analysis, political advocacy, strategic communications, and research divisions, and project manager for the Racial Equity Initiative, a program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's American Healing Initiative.
Formerly she was a Minnesota state senator representing Ramsey County's District 67 from 2002-11, the nation's first elected Hmong state senator. She also worked at Leonard, Street and Deinard as a small-business attorney and a lobbyist at the capitol.
While a student at the Law School, she helped found the Hmong Bar Association and volunteered with the Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners project. Of her interest in advocacy and human rights, she says in the Spring 2002 Law School alumni magazine, "It was my community involvement that helped me make it through law school. I knew what I wanted out of it."
Moua will work with the board and staff at the AAJC to further and protect Asian Americans' rights through policy development, community education, and other processes. Founded in 1991 to build a fair and equitable society and promote issues of importance to the Asian American community, the AAJC has shaped programs, supported civic engagement and voting rights, strengthened neighborhoods and immigrant integration, combatted hate crimes and anti-Asian violence, and challenged barriers for Asian Americans at local, regional, and national levels.
The AAJC together with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles, the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, and the Asian American Institute in Chicago make up the nonpartisan, nonprofit Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, which speaks with a single voice to strengthen a multi-racial democracy.