Grace Pai is the Executive Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. She first joined the team in 2018 as the Senior Community Organizer for the Midwest Region and later transitioned into the Director of Organizing role in November 2019 and managed and led strategy for issue-based campaigns and power-building work. Grace has spent the last seven years organizing in Chicago toward racial, economic, and immigrant justice and has trained hundreds of organizers and community leaders across the country.
Building Asian American political power is one of her passions. In November 2020, Grace took a leave of absence to move to Georgia to help win a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. As the Field Director for Asian American Advocacy Fund PAC, she built and managed a canvass program that knocked on the doors of more than 100,000 AAPI voters in the Atlanta metro area in just 5 ½ weeks, contributing to the historic wins of Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. Grace also serves as the founding Executive Director of Asian American Midwest Progressives, a political organization established in 2019 that endorses progressive candidates for elected office. In her spare time, you can find her making handmade pottery or kombucha, enjoying the South Side lakefront, or trying out a new Korean recipe.