Stewart Kwoh

The Asian American Education Project

Stewart Kwoh is co-executive director of The Asian American Education Project. He also serves as president emeritus and founder of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization, serving more than 15,000 people and organizations every year. Stewart is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations, Asian American studies, nonprofit organizations and philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive this highly prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.” Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. He teaches at the university’s Asian American Studies Department, and has been an instructor at UCLA School of Law. He is a past expert in residence at UC Berkeley School of Law, and has two honorary doctorates from Williams College and Suffolk School of Law. Stewart has been called a “bridge-builder” and “visionary” by the Los Angeles Times. Kwoh has received numerous awards recognizing his efforts to build coalitions across communities of color,including recognition from: the L.A. City and County Human Relations Commissions, California Association of Human Relations Organizations, ACLU, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Urban League, the Martin Luther King Legacy Association and many other Asian American, civil rights, academic, and legal organizations.