Mee Moua, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)
Mee Moua is the President and Executive Director of the
Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for
Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice).
Ms. Moua leads AAJC’s efforts to promote civic engagement, forge strong
and safe communities, create an inclusive society and empower Asian Americans
and other underserved communities.
AAJC’s mission is to advance civil and human rights for
Asian Americans and build and promote a fair and equitable society for
all. We believe that change happens when
we have a place at the table. We can
leverage for a place at the table when we have greater visibility, influence
and power. To achieve this we need to
create evidence, build capacity and consent to lead movements both within and
without the larger Asian American Community.
This is why, for the last 21 years, we have advocated for policies and
programs that enable and empower Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other
vulnerable communities to reach their full potential. AAJC has spearheaded efforts to address and
fight against unfair and discriminatory structures and institutions that
systematically deny Asian Americans and other vulnerable communities their civil
and human rights. From its inception,
AAJC has brought about change by flexing four major muscles – policy research
and analysis, policy advocacy, public education and mobilization, and impact
Before coming to AAJC, Ms. Moua served as vice president of
strategic impact initiatives for the Asian & Pacific Islander American
Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization with offices in
San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Prior
to her position at APIAHF, Ms. Moua was a three-term Minnesota State Senator,
where she chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Moua started her legal career in private
practice in Minnesota.
Born in Laos, Ms. Moua immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. She attended Brown University as an
undergraduate, earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University
of Texas-Austin, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.