Cynthia Choi

Cynthia Choi

Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Co-Founder, Partner of Stop AAPU Hate, Los Angeles, CA


Cynthia Choi (she/her) is the co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, a community based civil rights organization committed to protecting the dignity and fair treatment of all immigrants and fulfilling the promise of a multi-racial democracy. Cynthia is also co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition addressing anti-Asian racism across the U.S.

Cynthia has over 30 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and over 20 years serving in leadership positions. She has led local, state and national community-based organizations and initiatives working on a range of issues from reproductive justice, gender violence, violence prevention, immigrant/refugee rights and environmental justice issues. She is a daughter of immigrants, raising three daughters of her own and is deeply committed to creating a world that is socially just. Cynthia was recently named to the TIME100 List of Most Influential People in 2021, along with Stop AAPI Hate cofounders. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Associated Press, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, BBC, CNN, NPR, USA Today, and other major news outlets.