Director of Organizing
Seong-Ah Cho is the Director of Organizing at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. Seong first joined the team in 2020 as a Community Organizer and later transitioned into the Chicago Organizing Manager role focusing on building power for immigrant justice with the A Just Chi program, expanding civic engagement with the Pan-Asian Voter Empowerment (PAVE) Coalition, and managing organizers building power with adult English-language learners through I Speak Power and with Chicago youth through the KINETIC program.
Seong has spent the last six years organizing in Chicago for racial, economic, and immigrant justice through both issue and electoral campaigns and has trained hundreds of leaders in Chicago and across the country. They are also the Field Director of Asian American Midwest Progressives, a political organization that supports progressive candidates and builds power through electoral organizing to achieve racial equity.
Before joining Advancing Justice, Seong led political and racial and economic justice issue campaigns with The People’s Lobby, including organizing hundreds of thousands of voter outreach attempts and thousands of deep canvassing conversations towards Marie Newman’s historic progressive victory over 15-year conservative incumbent Congressman Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ former Third District in 2020. Seong was also an early directing leader of Justice is Global, a special project of national People’s Action focusing on combating right-wing nationalism and investing in global economic justice and cooperation across borders. A second-generation Korean American who grew up in the Midwest, Seong is committed to building power with communities for deep political healing and co-creating spaces where joy and courage are possible.