Arthur Ago

Chief, Trial Division, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

I am currently an attorney in the Special Litigation Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). I started at PDS in 1998 and have been a trial attorney, Supervising Trial Attorney, the Deputy Trial Chief, and most recently, the Trial Chief. Currently, I represent people charged in homicide cases at both the post-conviction and trial stages. I grew up in New York City, got my B.A. from Amherst College, my M.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA, and my J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. While at GW, I served as President of APALSA and on the Law Review. Several years ago, I served on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund.

 

Will Chang

Mr. Chang is joining Crowell and Moring in Washington.  As a partner in Crowell’s healthcare and white-collar practice groups, Mr. Chang’s will offer fraud-and- abuse counseling; internal investigations; trial and appellate representation; and defense of healthcare companies, executives, and medical professionals in criminal, civil, and administrative actions.   Most recently, Mr. Chang was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section.  There, he managed investigations and prosecutions of healthcare- and securities-fraud cases against public and private companies as well as related individuals. Mr. Chang has led national healthcare-fraud investigations involving multiple components across Main Justice, several U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, multiple federal agencies, and several state Attorneys General.  Mr. Chang has tried numerous complex jury trials to verdict, involving healthcare fraud, securities fraud, violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, and money laundering.  In recognition of his service, Mr. Chang has received two Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Awards, two United States Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s Awards, two Certificates of Recognition for Demonstrated Excellent from the FBI Director, and a Special Act Award for Exceptional Service to the Fraud Section and the DOJ in his first year as a prosecutor. Before joining the DOJ, Mr. Chang was the senior appellate associate at an international law firm.  He represented clients in over twenty appeals—in the U.S. Supreme Court, nine U.S. Courts of Appeals, and two federal agencies—involving, inter alia, constitutional and statutory challenges.   Mr. Chang clerked for Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod and for Chief District Judge Dora L. Irizarry of the Eastern District of New York. Before clerking, he was a litigation associate at an international law firm in New York. He is a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School, and a 2001 graduate of Stanford University. While at Harvard, Mr. Chang was a board member of APALSA and he co-chaired the 11th Annual National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy.

 

Bora Chiemruom

Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Asian American Commission

Bora Chiemruom is the former Executive Director of the Asian American Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has over 18 years of non-profit leadership experience, including Program Director of ABCD – Mattapan Head Start, Administrative Manager of YouthBuild International (YBI), and Program Manager of the Citizenship Assistance Program (CAP) at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association (CMAA). Bora has received the City of Lowell Mayor’s citation, two (2) the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives’ citations and a citation from the Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver General’s office for her exemplary leadership and dedication to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community.

She is on the Community Advisory Board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMASS Boston.  She was the co-chair of the Annual Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Civil Rights Forum (2016 and 2017). Bora hopes to be a successful entrepreneur and ultimately create jobs for young people especially young women. She wishes to inspire the next generation to be “leaders and active members in their communities. She continues to be a passionate advocate for the Khmer Community and for all Asian Americans.

 

The Honorable Denny Chin

Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals Second Circuit

Denny Chin is a United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit. Judge Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and received his law degree from Fordham Law School, where he was managing editor of the Law Review. After clerking for the Honorable Henry F. Werker, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, he was associated with the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1982 until 1986, when he and two of his colleagues from the U.S. Attorney’s Office started a law firm, Campbell, Patrick & Chin. In 1990, he joined Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. (now Vladeck, Raskin & Clark, P.C.), where he specialized in labor and employment law. From September 13, 1994, through April 23, 2010, Judge Chin served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Judge Chin has taught legal writing at Fordham Law School since 1986. He has taught “Asian Americans and the Law” at Fordham Law School and is teaching a similar course at Harvard Law School in the Spring 2018. While in private practice, he provided extensive pro bono representation to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He served as President of AABANY from January 1992 through January 1994. He has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations. Judge Chin was born in Hong Kong. He was the first Asian American appointed a United States District Judge outside the Ninth Circuit.

 

Kathy Chin

Senior Counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Kathy Hirata Chin is Senior Counsel at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where she is a member of the litigation group specializing in healthcare and real estate issues. Ms. Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and Columbia Law School, where she was Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law. Ms. Chin started her legal career at Cadwalader in 1980 and became a Partner in 1990. She was Team Leader of the firm’s Diversity Initiative in 2013-2014, an inaugural member of the Task Force for the Advancement of Women, and is currently a member of the Oversight Committee for the firm’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion. She has served the City of New York as a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission from 1995 to 2001 and as a Commissioner on the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption, a position she has held since 2003. She has also served on the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, the Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Program Committee, and the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers Association. She currently serves on the Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council and the Commercial Division Advisory Council, appointed to both by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, and on the Board of Directors of the Medicare Rights Center and of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. In December 2012 and again in December 2014, she was nominated for appointment to the New York State Court of Appeals by the Commission on Judicial Nomination. In May 2015, the New York City Bar honored Ms. Chin with its Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. In April 2016, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the First Department Judicial Screening Committee. Since January 2016, she has served as a member of the Second Circuit Judicial Council Committee on Civic Education & Public Engagement, focusing on historic reenactments as a teaching tool with her husband, the Honorable Denny Chin of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Their son Paul is an educator who has taught in charter schools in Newark, Los Angeles, Indianapolis and Brownsville, Brooklyn; their son Daniel is an intern at a sports and pop culture website and podcast network founded by a well-known sportswriter.

 


Chhaya Chhoum

Executive Director, Mekong

 

CHHAYA CHHOUM was born in Cambodia in 1978 during the fall of the Khmer Rouge Regime. Chhaya and her family sought refuge in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines before making their way to the United States. After a refugee resettlement program abandoned her extended family along with thousands of other Cambodians and Vietnamese in urban poverty in the Bronx she began to organize her community against institutionalized oppression. When Chhaya was 16, she became a tutor in a pilot program run by CAAAV, one of the first organizations in America to mobilize Asian immigrant communities against the institutionalized violence of urban poverty, worker exploitation, police brutality, INS detention and deportation. Her summer internships soon turned into a full-time job as she became staff director of CAAAV’s new Youth Leadership Project (YLP). Taking on slumlords, overcrowded classrooms and cutbacks in translation services at public assistance centers and local health clinics, Chhoum harnesses the energy of the young in a community that has lost much of its adult generation. They would also begin to organize the adults as well as other youth to fight for justice. In 2012, Chhoum co-founded Mekong NYC, a community-based organization in the Bronx empowering the Cambodian and Vietnamese community through arts, culture, community organizing, and advocacy. She is currently the Executive Director of Mekong NYC and is the board president of the North West Bronx Community Coalition. She is also a mother of three – ages 17, 14, and 8.

 

Quyen Dinh

Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Quyen is the Executive Director. Previously, Quyen served as the Director of Education Policy, and in this role, she focused on implementing SEARAC’s Southeast Asian American Action and Visibility in Education (SAVE) program. Prior to joining SEARAC, Quyen served as Senior Program Manager of the International Children Assistance Network (ICAN) in San Jose, CA. At ICAN, she oversaw an early childhood education campaign that serves Vietnamese immigrant families through community education channels ranging from parenting workshops, to weekly radio programs and community forums.

Quyen holds a Master of Public Policy from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs with a focus in education policy and research methods. At UCLA, Quyen spent her summer internship with Education Pioneers, a national human capital organization building the pipeline of talent to address the urban education crisis. With Education Pioneers, she worked with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation on Lessonopoly, an online open-source consortium of lesson plans. Quyen also co-founded a graduate student organization called Policy Professionals for Diversity & Equity with the mission to provide a forum for students and alumni to advocate for diversity and equity within the Masters of Public Policy program at UCLA. Upon graduation, she was honored with awards for MPP Student of the Year, Outstanding Academic Achievement, and Academic Leadership. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Quyen grew up in both Orange County, CA and San Jose, CA, homes to the two largest Vietnamese American communities in the United States.

 

Diane Gujarati

Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

Diane Gujarati is an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she has worked since 1999 and where she has served since 2012 as a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Prior to her tenure as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, she served as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the White Plains Division and as a Deputy Chief of the Appeals Unit in the Criminal Division. Ms. Gujarati has extensive federal investigative, trial, and appellate experience and has handled cases involving a wide variety of criminal offenses, including securities and other financial fraud, terrorism, violent crime, and narcotics and firearms trafficking. Ms. Gujarati also has significant experience in the area of government ethics.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Gujarati was a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a litigator at Davis, Polk & Wardwell. Ms. Gujarati graduated in 1990 summa cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and received her J.D. in 1995 from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to law school, Ms. Gujarati worked as an analyst in the Banking and Corporate Finance Group at Chemical Bank.

In addition to her work as a federal prosecutor, Ms. Gujarati serves on the Board of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, on the Advisory Board of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at New York University School of Law, and on the Professional Ethics Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law.

 

Victor Hou

Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Victor L. Hou’s practice focuses on litigation, including government enforcement work, white-collar criminal defense, securities litigation, corporate governance, and general commercial litigation. He has represented numerous financial institutions and multinational corporations in securities, antitrust and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and state attorney general’s offices. Victor regularly conducts internal investigations involving allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, financial and accounting fraud, and insider trading. He has also advised boards of directors on corporate governance.

Victor joined the firm in 2007 and became a partner in 2010. From June 2001 until July 2007, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As a prosecutor, Victor investigated and prosecuted numerous federal offenses, including racketeering, terrorism, murder, securities fraud, money laundering, mail fraud, wire fraud and international narcotics trafficking. He worked on several high-profile prosecutions, has tried over a dozen jury trials and has briefed and argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to government service, Victor was a litigation associate at another major law firm.

 

Song Kim

Staff Attorney, Anti-Trafficking Initiative, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Song Kim is the Staff Attorney heading the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), where she represents survivors of forced labor and other types of trafficking. She represents individuals on their applications for immigration relief to help survivors find stability and rebuild their lives, and in federal civil litigation to ensure access to compensation and justice. Song, along with her co-counsel, received Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for their work in David v. Signal, a precedent-setting case involving the trafficking of skilled Indian workers to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Song works closely with community and faith-based organizations to provide trainings and technical assistance, empowers immigrant communities through Know-Your- Rights presentations, and provides consultations through free legal clinics throughout the New York metropolitan area. She is a Steering Committee member of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network, and a member of the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force and the Freedom Network. She is an Issues Committee Co-Chair for the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and a 2018 New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow. Song received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California. She is a former Kirkland and Ellis New York City Public Service Fellow.

 


Michelle Kuo

Author of Reading with Patrick

Michelle Kuo is the author of READING WITH PATRICK, a memoir of race, inequality, and the power of literature in the rural South. Short-listed for Goddard Riverside Book Prize for Social Justice, READING WITH PATRICK is a resonant meditation on = what it means to live a good life, and whether literature can bridge differences across race and class. As James Forman, Jr. and Arthur Evenchik wrote in The Atlantic, “impassioned writing and hard-earned wisdom set the book apart …In all of the literature addressing education, race, poverty, and criminal justice, there has been nothing quite like Reading with Patrick.”

Michelle worked as a lawyer for undocumented immigrants at the nonprofit Centro Legal de la Raza on a Skadden Fellowship in Oakland, California, and worked as a teacher at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta. She clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan on the Ninth Circuit. Currently she is a professor at the American University of Paris. She would love to talk to law students about public interest law, legal aid, and creative or non-traditional pursuits.

 

Sophia Lin Lakin

Staff Attorney, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Sophia Lin Lakin is a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. Sophia is actively litigating voting rights cases across the country and is involved in challenges to discriminatory voter identification and registration requirements, cutbacks to early voting and same-day registration, the dilution of minority votes in local elections, and other barriers to voting and discriminatory voting practices and procedures. Currently, Sophia has active cases in the District of Columbia, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Before joining the ACLU, Sophia clerked for the Honorable Raymond J. Lohier, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Carol Bagley Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Sophia received her J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was a Public Interest Fellow as well as a member of Stanford’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and an editor for the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Journal of International Law. During law school, Sophia interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, and the Open Society Justice Initiative. Sophia also received her M.S. in Management Science & Engineering and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

 

Jessie Liu

U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia

Jessie K. Liu was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 14, 2017, as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and took office on September 24, 2017. Ms. Liu was an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 2002 to 2006, prosecuting violent crime, drug trafficking, firearms, and fraud offenses in both the Superior Court and Criminal Divisions, and briefing and arguing appeals in the D.C. Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the D.C. Circuit. She subsequently served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General for national security matters, and Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Security Division. Most recently, she was Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, advising the Secretary of the Treasury and other senior Treasury officials on national security, law enforcement, and intelligence issues. In addition, Ms. Liu has been a partner at the law firms of Morrison & Foerster LLP and Jenner & Block LLP, where her practice focused on litigation, investigations, and compliance. Ms. Liu clerked for then-Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. She received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University in 1995 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998.

 

Mina Malik

Deputy Attorney General for the Public Safety Division, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Mina Malik is a Lecturer on Law and Senior Advisor to Harvard’s Fair Punishment Project. Most recently, Mina served as the Executive Director of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, the largest police oversight agency in the nation which investigates allegations of police misconduct. As Chief Executive Officer, she oversaw a staff of 180 and the agency’s day-to-day operations, including several high-profile police brutality cases. Prior to her work in police oversight, Mina served as Special Counsel to the late Honorable Kenneth P. Thompson in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office where she counseled and assisted the newly-elected Brooklyn District Attorney in the day-to-day operations of the agency consisting of 1,200 employees. Mina advised the District Attorney on the restructuring of the agency, personnel matters, policy issues, and cases involving sex crimes, wrongful convictions, child abuse and homicides. Mina also worked for the venerable D.C. Public Defender Service as a Criminal Investigator. She has been a visiting faculty member of the Harvard Trial Advocacy Workshop since 2010.

 

Kiyo Matsumoto

United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York

Kiyo A. Matsumoto was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York in July 2008, after serving as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York since July 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley. Following her graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, Judge Matsumoto was a litigation associate in Seattle, Washington. Thereafter, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where she served as a Deputy Chief, First Deputy Chief and Chief of the Civil Division. Judge Matsumoto has taught at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, and was an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and New York University School of Law. She also has served as a trustee and vice chair of the board of the Federal Bar Council, a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Federal Courts Committee, the Nominating Committee and Honors Committee of the New York City Bar Association, Vice Chair of the Mayor’s Committee on City Marshals, and a member of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the U.S.-Japan Council, Japanese American Association, the American Inn of Court, the American Bar Association Standards Review Committee and the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

 

Karen Narasaki

Civil and Human Rights Leader & Member, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Karen K. Narasaki is an independent civil and human rights consultant. In 2014 President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Narasaki to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where she is currently serving a six-year term. She previously served as president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations. Prior to that she was the Washington Representative for the Japanese American Citizens League, where she helped to pass an amendment to the Civil Liberties Act to ensure that all former internees received redress. And before JACL, she was an attorney with Perkins Coie and served on the coram nobis legal appellate team for Gordon Hirabayashi.

Ms. Narasaki began her career as a law clerk for Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1985 to 1986. Ms. Narasaki is currently Chair of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council for Comcast/NBCU.

She has served on many boards and commissions throughout her career, including Vice Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Chair of the Rights Working Group. She was a board member for Common Cause, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Independent Sector, the National Adult Literacy Commission, National Immigration Law Center and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Ms. Narasaki received a B.A. from Yale College, magna cum Laude, and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Order of the Coif.

 

Michelle Rhee

Associate General Counsel and Managing Director, Bank of America

Michelle Rhee is associate general counsel and managing director at Bank of America Corporation. She leads the team supporting the Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions business in Global Wealth and Investment Management, Bank of America’s global wealth management business serving its high net worth clients. In this role, she is the senior attorney managing the securities products legal team for GWIM which component businesses include Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, U.S. Trust and BofA Global Capital Management. She sets the strategic direction and workload for a team of attorneys and paralegals supporting the development and distribution of securities products for GWIM clients. Products include alternative investments, mutual funds (both proprietary and non-proprietary), bank sponsored collective vehicles and managed account platforms o!ered to both U.S. and non-U.S. clients. Her team also supports the plan administration and recordkeeping business for institutional retirement clients.

Prior to joining Bank of America, she worked at Hale and Dorr LLP and worked at Barclays Global Investors, N.A., Berkeley Capital Management, and Robertson Stephens & Co. (now known as RS Investment Management).

Ms. Rhee is an active member of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She obtained her BA from Smith College and her JD from Boston University School of Law.

 

Navdeep Singh

Policy Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Attorney and author, Navdeep Singh serves as the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) policy director. Navdeep leads NAPABA’s civil rights, public policy, and legal advocacy programs. He has experience working on issues important to the Asian Pacific American community, including diversity in the legal profession, immigration, voting rights, and hate crimes. He is an author of “Interpreting Injustice”, a report on language access for Asian Pacific Americans in the courts and agencies. He wrote about racial profiling and the growth of the Asian Pacific American community for UCLA’s AAPI Nexus Journal. Navdeep worked extensively on issues affecting Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian communities. He co-authored “Turban Myths”, the first study on implicit bias and the Sikh American community, and advised the FBI on the implementation of expanded hate crimes categories. He was part of the team that responded to the attack on the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Navdeep held positions at the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Transportation Security Administration, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and in the private sector. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Citizen’s Academy, received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and his B.S. in Systems Engineering and Economics with a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies from the University of Virginia.

 


Jack Tchen

Associate Professor, New York University; Cofounder, Museum of Chinese in America

John Kuo Wei Tchen is a historian, curator, and writer. Professor Tchen is the Clement A Price Chair of Public History & Humanities at Rutgers University – Newark and Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience, beginning Fall 2018. He is founding director of the A/P/A (Asian/Pacific /American) Studies Program and Institute and part of the founding faculty of the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, NYU. He co-founded the Museum of Chinese in America in 1979-80 where he continues to serve as senior historian. He was the senior historian for a New-York Historical Society exhibition on the impact of Chinese Exclusion Laws on the formation of the US and also senior advisor for the two-hour “American Experience” PBS documentary with Ric Burns and Lishin Yu on the “Chinese Exclusion Act.” Yellow Peril: An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear (2014) is a critical archival study of images, excerpts and essays on the history and contemporary impact of paranoia and xenophobia. He is also a founder of the NYC Public History Project, funded by the Ford Foundation, which will reframe the history of the region starting with the twined foundational histories of dispossession and enslavement (work emerging from serving as a Commissioner on the NYC Mayor’s Commission on Monumnets.) His Below the Grid Project is pioneering creative historical storytelling with smart, location-sensitive wearable tech.

 

Janson Wu

Executive Director, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

 Janson Wu has served as GLAD’s executive director since December 2014, following nine years as a staff attorney and then deputy director. During his time at GLAD, Janson has been deeply involved in the breadth of GLAD’s work, including the
rights of LGBT elders, family law and parentage, employment benefits, transgender rights, DOMA, and marriage equality. In addition to his litigation, Janson has been involved in GLAD’s legislative and policy work throughout New England, including leading GLAD’s coalition with local advocacy organizations and legislators to pass marriage equality in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Before coming to GLAD, Janson worked as an attorney with Tri-City Community Action Program, a multi- service anti-poverty organization where he provided legal services to low-income people. Janson Wu is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.