Duncan Hwang grew up in a Taiwanese-American household in rural upper Michigan. He first became politicized while attending the University of Michigan where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Asian Studies. During this time he worked on numerous civic engagement and environmental campaigns. After graduating, he worked as a field organizer for a national nonprofit focusing on voter registration and GOTV campaigns. Duncan then moved to Portland, Oregon and obtained his J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2007.
After becoming an attorney, he relocated to Asia to practice international corporate law where he advised Fortune 500 companies on their cross-border merger and acquisition activities. In searching for more socially conscious work, he returned to Portland and has served as APANO’s Associate Director since 2013. He now works across APANO’s programs with the community development, policy advocacy, organizing, and cultural work programs ensuring they have the tools and resources needed to be successful. Duncan’s areas of policy work focus primarily on housing and transportation justice. This year Duncan transitioned to the Community Development Director role.
In his free time, Duncan is an avid board gamer and plays futsal with his transportation advocacy focused team, Vision Zero Goals.