ABOUT Community Advocate Grace Yoo
Grace has been a dedicated advocate for underserved communities for the last 21 years.
To date, Grace helped bring three lawsuits against the City of Los Angeles to fight against injustice, flagrant developer interests, and to protect our environment. The first lawsuit, against the gerrymandered redistricting of City Council boundaries in 2012. Another lawsuit, won in 2018, was against the Mayor’s and City Council’s pay-to-play approval of a 27-story luxury apartment building in a residential area without an Environmental Impact Report. The third lawsuit, was to stop the City of Los Angeles from systematically removing mature shade trees in low-income, park poor and tree poor neighborhoods while fixing sidewalks.
Grace has served on numerous boards, committees, and task forces including serving as the Vice President of the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation Commission. In addition, Grace has spent most of her career assisting people and communities in navigating the legal system and governmental bureaucracies.
More than 15 years of Grace’s professional career were dedicated to empowering everyday citizens as the Executive Director of both the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Korean American Coalition (KAC). Grace is also a certified mediator and works with community leaders of diverse backgrounds to resolve conflict.
Grace began her legal career representing abused and neglected children as an attorney in Edelman Children’s Court. In 2015, Grace opened up her own law firm specializing in Estate Planning and Probate. She is the proud daughter of a warehouse worker and a 30-year dues-paying member of the Los Angeles Engineers and Architects Association (EAA).