Legal Aid Society


LAS Leaders Honored on Power of Diversity List

Twyla Carter, Attorney-in-Chief and CEO of The Legal Aid Society, and Jason Wu, Attorney-in-Charge of Legal Aid’s Harlem Community Law Office, have been named to City and State’s Power of Diversity: Asian 100 list.

The annual ranking honors Asian American individuals who are making a difference in government and politics city- and state-wide, including public officials, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and advocates across an array of issues.

Carter, who comes in at number four on this year’s list, is the first Black woman and first Asian American to serve in this role in Legal Aid’s nearly 150-year history. During her tenure, Legal Aid has obtained important victories, including a settlement that will ensure dental coverage for millions of New Yorkers and legislation that will automatically seal certain conviction records, ending the perpetual punishment for many deserving New Yorkers.

Carter has worked relentlessly since joining the organization toward securing needed funding to significantly increase baseline salaries for all staff.

Jason Wu. Photo Spencer Lee Gallop/LAS

This is Wu’s fourth straight appearance on the Asian 100 list. The Harlem office offers legal advice on matters like small-business compliance and housing cooperatives, and launched a monthly virtual clinic where community members can access one-on-one sessions remotely.

In addition to his work at Legal Aid, Jason is being recognized as a co-chair for GAPIMNY, an organization that was founded in 1990 to advocate on behalf of queer and transgender Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Congratulations to Twyla and Jason.

Read the full list here.