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31 December 2008

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
202.223.5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C.-George C. Wu, who joined OCA as Assistant Director in March 2008 and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Director, will become OCA's Executive Director on January 1, 2009. OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).

Since beginning his career at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) in Washington, D.C., Wu has focused his energies on advocating for the rights of the APA community at both the local and national level. Prior to coming to OCA, Wu was an Immigration and Immigrant Rights staff attorney at the Asian American Justice Center, where he also served as a National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Partners Community Law Fellow.

"I am honored and delighted to be named Executive Director of OCA at a time when our community has an opportunity to truly build upon the foundations that have made OCA such an integral part of the social justice movement," said Wu. "The Asian Pacific American and civil rights communities have always nurtured my career and I look forward to providing opportunities for established and emerging leaders throughout the United States to help address such issues as education, immigration, and health care reform."

Wu received his JD from the George Washington University Law School, where he received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Civil Liberties award for outstanding performance in the field of civil rights and civil liberties. He is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Wu currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund and has served on the Board of the APALRC and Equal Justice Works. He has also staffed the DC Language Access Coalition and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.

Wu will be replacing Dr. Michael Lin, who has served in the capacity of Executive Director since 2006. Lin also served for four years as the OCA National President (1995-1998). He will continue to volunteer for OCA and remain an active member.

"When I accepted to serve as the Executive Director of OCA two years ago, one of the major goals was to strengthen the staff structure with a succession plan for the organization," said Lin. "We are very fortunate to identify an exceptional and dedicated young person to help lead the organization to a new level."

"We are sad to see Michael go, but pleased to know he will be able to enjoy his retirement," said Ken Lee, OCA's incoming National President. "We are also confident that George Wu will take on the executive director position energetically, and continue to fight for the needs of the Asian Pacific American community."
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