Leadership Development

Leadership Development is essential to Advancing Justice-Atlanta’s mission with the growing diversity of Georgia, we understand how important it is to have strong Asian-ethnic grassroots organizations lead by Asian-ethnic community members.

At Advancing Justice-Atlanta, we provide training and technical assistance for local grassroots organizations and community members to gain the skills, knowledge and tools to prosper through our grants, candidate training, fellowships and internships.

Southern Regional Non-Partisan Candidate Training

The Southern regional non-partisan candidate training is designed to provide potential AAPI and immigrant candidates with the practical tools needed to run for elected office and win! Since 2013, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta’s non-partisan candidate training has brought together diverse participants who are interested in running for elected office at the state, county, and city level. Our training is unique from the national groups because our trainers are local electeds. They are trained by Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston, They get coaching and advice from Crossroads, and have personal trainings and meetings directly with local AAPI and Latinx electeds.


  • Judge Meng Lim, a Cambodian-American who participated in our 2013 training, was sworn into office in 2015, becoming the first Asian American elected to be a Superior Court Judge in Georgia.
  • Brenda Lopez from 2015 training and Sam Park from 2016 training, were both sworn into office in 2016, becoming the first Latina and first openly gay Asian as Georgia House Representative.
  • Diane Adoma from 2015 training became city councilwoman for the city of Stonecrest, Georgia.