Karin Wang is the Executive Director of UCLA School of Law's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. In that role, she heads the nation’s leading academic program focused on training the next generation of lawyers working in nonprofit, advocacy, and government sectors. Previously, she was the Vice-President of Programs & Communications for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest legal organization for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
For more than 20 years, Wang has advocated for civil rights and immigrant rights, covering issues such as race discrimination and defamation, language rights, immigration and immigrant integration, and LGBT equality. As a young attorney, she directed Advancing Justice-LA’s immigrant rights project and she also launched the Los Angeles civil rights field office of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Wang has also held many leadership positions in local, state, and national legal organizations and received numerous awards for her activism, including being named one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Wang is deeply interested in how communications strategies and opportunities advance social justice issues. Over the past decade, she built Advancing Justice-LA’s multi-faceted communications program, and has expertise in pitching and working with mainstream and ethnic media (print and TV), as well as developing content and campaigns on digital platforms.
Wang graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Heat: Fox News’ Chinatown video faces backlash of Chinese-Americans
CGTN America [October 7, 2016]
Asian Americans' numbers and political influence are growing
Los Angeles Times [September 22, 2016]
A Look Back: The Push to Rally Asian American Support for Marriage Equality
Womens eNews [June 24, 2016]
Why Is It Still Okay to Make Fun of Asians?
New Republic [March 16, 2016]
Asians Clap Back At Offensive Oscars Jokes
Huffington Post [February 29, 2016]
Meet Karin Wang, Civil Rights Advocate and Proud Taiwanese American
TaiwaneseAmerican.org [November 17, 2011]