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Chief Executive Officer

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is seeking an innovative, inspiring, and bold advocate to be its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This is a unique opportunity to be at the helm of the largest civil rights and legal services organization representing the AANHPI communities in the country, as Advancing Justice - LA evolves to respond to current challenges to the social justice movement.

Areas of Responsibility: 

The CEO is responsible for the overall successful operation and performance of Advancing Justice - LA. This includes oversight of all programs and fund development efforts, as well as the fiscal health and structural soundness of the organization. Reporting to and working closely with the Board of Directors, the CEO manages an annual budget of $13 million, and oversees 70 talented and passionate staff members. The CEO also serves as the primary spokesperson for Advancing Justice - LA with community members, policy makers, funders, and partner organizations.

This is a compelling opportunity to work with a historically powerful civil rights organization that helped shape the Asian American movement, that has the people power to mobilize around initiatives, and that possesses the clout to truly work with partner organizations and policies to advance a progressive agenda. This exciting stage in Advancing Justice - LA’s trajectory offers the new CEO the chance to be daring in spearheading innovative and impactful work for vulnerable communities while elevating Advancing Justice - LA as an AANHPI leader in a new "intersectional" movement with uncompromising vision.



The CEO will be a visionary leader with a proven track record as a change manager with excellent fundraising, operations, relationship-building, and advocacy skills. The CEO will have the passion for Advancing Justice – LA’s mission and the good judgment needed to establish the necessary trust and credibility with the Board of Directors, staff, community members, policymakers, and partner organizations. This individual will have a track record as a civil rights leader and will ideally have had exposure to a legal environment relevant to Advancing Justice-LA’s mission.

The ideal candidate will bring at least seven years of experience in a senior management position within a large nonprofit organization. This individual will have extensive experience working in the diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as working collaboratively and respectfully with other communities of color and marginalized communities, such as immigrants, limited-English proficient populations, low income communities, and LGBTQ communities.

How to Apply: 


Advancing Justice - LA has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Naree Viner. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Naree at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan, Managing Director

[email protected]

Naree W.S. Viner, Managing Director

[email protected]

Advancing Justice - LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.


Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Nov 21 2019
Active Until: 
Dec 21 2019
Hiring Organization: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles