Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA)
Vincent Pan, Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), is a leading progressive voice on issues of racial justice and social change. Founded in 1969 and based in San Francisco, CAA has advocated on a range of pressing social justice issues including language access, immigrant rights, affirmative action, educational equity, and marriage equality. Prior to joining CAA, Vincent worked with the William J. Clinton Foundation in Beijing to start and expand HIV/AIDS treatment and care programs in China. Before that, he co-founded and served as Executive Director of Heads Up, a community-based organization that runs education and enrichment programs for low-income children in Washington, D.C. Pan holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College, and has been a Fellow with the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University, the Echoing Green Foundation, and the Stride Rite Foundation.
The requirements of leadership, in Vincent’s view, demand not only running effective organizations and campaigns, but also working across boundaries to make the whole of social justice efforts greater than the sum of its component parts. Whether reforming immigration laws or fixing the criminal justice system, promoting language access or increasing civic participation, Vincent believes campaigns must be aggressive and visible, while also connecting people with shared values such as compassion, inclusion and equity. To create a world that works for everyone, Vincent advocates a holistic approach that simultaneously changes laws as well as hearts and minds.