Former State Senator Mee Moua is set to become the president and executive director the Asian American Justice Center, of one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations.
AAJC announced this week that on March 19, Moua will succeed Karen K. Narasaki, who announced in June she is stepping down after 20 years of service.
“Mee already has an impressive record as a strong civil rights advocate,” said Narasaki. “Her tremendous experience, insight, passion and outstanding reputation make her a wonderful choice to lead an organization that has become so important to ensuring the voices of the nation’s growing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are heard.”
Moua will lead AAJC’s efforts to promote civic engagement, forge strong and safe communities and create an inclusive society. The Asian American population is the fastest growing minority community and now comprises 6 percent of the total population.
Moua will work with the AAJC board and staff, as well as the other Advancing Justice affiliate members-Asian American Institute in Chicago, Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco and Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles-to empower Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians and other underserved communities.
Moua comes to AAJC after serving as the vice president for strategic impact initiatives at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, where she was the executive administrator of the Washington, D.C. office and managed the communications, government relations, policy analysis and research functions of the organization.
Born in war-torn Laos, Moua and her family fled to a refugee camp in Thailand when she was five years old and moved to the United States when she was nine. Moua graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University, a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin and a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School.
A powerful lady!