Alton Wang

Alton focuses on the intersections of community engagement, strategic communications, and policy advocacy.


I am currently a J.D. Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.

In the 2018 election cycle, I led Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) outreach for the California Democratic Party, implementing a direct voter contact program that included calling thousands of AAPI voters in-language and translating key resources into Asian languages.

Previously, I served as the Assistant Director for AAPI Data, a data project that seeks to make demographic data and research on AAPIs more accessible,  and simultaneously as Assistant Director for the Center for Social Innovation at the University of California, Riverside, which aims to provide a credible research voice that spurs civic leadership and policy innovation in Inland California.

I've also been a Policy Advisor for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), coordinating Caucus press and working to ensure that policy issues facing AAPIs were addressed on Capitol Hill.

Prior to CAPAC, I  managed communications and development for Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), where I focused on engaging and mobilizing AAPIs in electoral and civic participation.

Based in the San Gabriel Valley in the Greater Los Angeles area, I studied sociology and government at Wesleyan University, where I taught a for-credit course on Asian American history.

I formerly served on the Board of Advisors for 18 Million Rising (18MR), and as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL).


In the News


NBC News

#RedefineAtoZ: Alton Wang is working toward stronger, more inclusive representation

"As a community advocate, Alton Wang says he's inspired by young leaders who are determined to advancing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.."



BBC News

Asian American Voters in the 2016 Election

"It can perceived that politics may not be something that is a safe field to be engaging in, but the reality is that in order to advance the needs our communities and to help shape the future of this country, we have to get politically active."


THE Washington Post

The downside of Andrew Yang’s jokes about knowing lots of Asian American doctors

"If Yang wants to advance Asian American life as he purports to do, he should be working to dismantle the model-minority myth, not activating age-old tropes to connect to voters."



How are the Concerns of Asian Americans Being Considered Ahead of the 2020 Elections?

“They join the program to discuss what this moment says about the various concerns and aspirations of the Asian American community.”


Angry Asian Man

Angry Reader of the Week: Alton Wang

"I believe our histories, while they may not always be as inclusive as they need to be, ground us in where we stand today and guide us as we look to the future. This is why Asian American history has been so important to the development of my racial and social consciousness."


NBC News

Asian Americans Struggle to 'See Themselves' in College Courses

"He wants his fellow classmates, and the students who come after him to better understand the stories of racism and discrimination woven in the fabric of Asian-American history."




美總統選舉 別當「啞」裔 也許就差你這票

美總統選舉 別當 "啞"裔 也許就差你這票: "如果不投票的話, 會變成有比較少數不關心華人權力的人而決定我們共同的未來."



The American Prospect

Will Asian Americans Vote?

"What’s more important is that it’s erasing the stigma of being engaged in the political process, while also building the next generation of leaders."





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