Debra Suh

Executive Director, Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF)


Since 1999, Debra Suh, JD, has been the Executive Director of the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). CPAF is a nationally recognized non-profit organization acknowledged for its pioneering work to support immigrant Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence. In addition to being part of Blue Shield of California Foundation’s Advisory Group, Debra serves as co-chair of the California Emergency Management Agency’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council, is a local board member of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, is a member of LA City Mayor’s Nonprofit Advisory Group and is on the LA County DPSS Welfare Advisory Council. From 2005-2011, Debra served on the board of directors of the statewide coalition, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and as board Vice President from 2008 to 2010. Debra is a past winner of the Durfee Sabbatical Award and KCET/Union Bank Local Hero Award.

Before joining CPAF, Debra worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where she established the API Legal Unit to increase low-income immigrant community’s access to legal services and representation. She is a former President of the Korean American Bar Association, and Women’s Organization Reaching Koreans.