For almost four decades, Lillian Galedo served as executive director of Filipinos Advocates for Justice, a 45-year-old organization working to advance social and economic justice and realize democratic and human rights for Filipinos in the East Bay. She built an institution that continues to serve the more than 130,000 Filipinos in the East Bay, focusing on the most vulnerable populations, including low- to moderate-income workers, newcomers and youth. FAJ started in Oakland in 1973 and opened a second office in Union City in the early 1980s. Lillian retired from FAJ in 2017.
Lillian’s social justice organizing has earned her numerous awards and recognition over the past 37 years, including: The Wallace Gerbode Fellowship, The Bannerman Fellowship, Eureka Communities Fellowship, Filipinas Magazine’s Community Service and Leadership Award, UC Davis’s Alumni Service Award, Philippine News’ Filipino American Pioneer Justice Advocate Award, Asian Law Caucus’ Yuri Kochiyama’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognition by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors upon her retirement. She was also a member of the Union of Democratic Filipinos that organized against the Marcos dictatorship and fought for the democratic rights of Filipinos in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s, and is a founding board member and current volunteer for the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.