AAWIL Keynote Speaker
Diana Hwang is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), the country’s only political leadership organization for Asian-American women. Through coalition-building, advocacy and first-of-its-kind programming, AAWPI works to ensure that Asian-American women have a voice in their government, and trains and mentors the next-generation of low-income and immigrant women leaders.
Diana began her career in politics at the State House as the Executive Director of the Caucus of Women Legislators and as the Legislative Aide to late State Representative Debby Blumer (D-Framingham). She then served as Chief of Staff at the Boston City Council.
Diana is a Founding Commissioner on the Mayor’s Women’s Commission for the City of Boston. She also serves on the Boards of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of East Boston, and served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boston Women’s Fund. Diana was profiled as "one of Boston's most powerful thought leaders" in Boston Magazine for her work and has spoken at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and at a number of colleges, including Dartmouth College, Wellesley College, Northeastern University and Salem State University where she gave the convocation address.
Diana is a former candidate for state senate in a district that includes Boston, Cambridge, Winthrop and Revere. Her candidacy was endorsed by the Boston Herald, which said she "stands out as smart, experienced in the ways of Beacon Hill, ... politically savvy enough to pick and choose her battles and smart enough to exercise an independence of thought and of priorities." Diana won the city of Boston and raised the most money in a race that included a sitting state representative and former mayor.
Diana is originally from Houston, Texas and graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School.