Phil Hwang

Chief Executive Officer
Why I work at OneJustice:

I am so proud to be OneJustice’s new leader because of the transformative impact this amazing organization is having in the fight for social justice.  OneJustice is helping to build a broader movement for justice and equity, connecting families throughout the state with pro bono resources and bringing in new allies in the fight for justice.  OneJustice is training, mentoring, and consulting with legal aid organizations that are facing an unprecedented demand for help.

Professional Background:

For the past eight years, I served as Executive Director of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA). During my tenure, CLSEPA increased its revenue six-fold and become a leader in providing transformative legal services to low-income communities and communities of color in the areas of immigration, housing, and economic advancement. I strengthened my leadership and organizational management skills with the support of OneJustice’s Executive Fellowship program.

Before becoming an executive director, I worked for fifteen years as a legal aid and civil rights attorney. I served as the Director of Policy and Programs at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where I oversaw its pro bono programs, policy advocacy, and impact litigation in the areas of racial, economic, and immigrant justice. I began my legal career as a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, where I represented low-income clients in the areas of housing, disability, and benefits law. 

I received my undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1993 and my law degree from Harvard Law School in 1996. I served as a law clerk for Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

I really love:

I love bulldogs, movies that make me cry, and guilty-food pleasures (including deep fried carbohydrates and super nachos).