Glenn Magpantay

Principal at Magpantay & Associates

Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq., is long-time civil rights attorney, seasoned nonprofit executive, professor, and LGBTQ rights activist. He is the principal of Magpantay & Associates, a nonprofit consulting and legal services firm. Crain’s NY Business hailed him as a “Notable LGBTQ Executive” in 2021.


For over 30 years, Glenn has been a fierce advocate at the intersection of racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and LGBTQ liberation. He has mentored countless students, young professionals, lawyers, and nonprofit practitioners. He is an adjunct professor of Asian American Studies at Hunter College/CUNY and Columbia University. He taught “Race & the Law” and “Public Interest Lawyering” at Brooklyn Law School, where he received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service in 2019.


Glenn co-founded and served as the executive director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a national federation of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations, for nearly a decade. His efforts were recognized by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) with its Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020 and Walter & Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund Outstanding LGBTQ Leadership Award for Immigrants’ Rights in 2017.


Glenn was a nationally recognized civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) for nearly 20 years. He is an authority on the federal Voting Rights Act and expert on Asian American political participation, bilingual ballots, elections, and census. His efforts earned him the prestigious Haywood Burns Memorial Award from the NYS Bar Association Committee on Civil Rights in 2015.


Instinct Magazine showcased Glenn as one of the nation’s “25 Leading Men” in 2004. He organized the first-ever LGBTQ testimony before The White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in 2000. He spoke at the National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation in 1993.


Glenn is a renowned thought leader. He has brought 15 briefs to the United States Supreme Court; testified before the United States Congress; published 20 scholarly legal and academic articles; authored impactful public reports; and has given commentary to The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, MSNBC-TV, NBC Asian America, and The Advocate.


Always giving back, Glenn served as a trustee to the Boehm Family Foundation. He chairs the LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York.


Glenn attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook on Long Island and, as a beneficiary of affirmative action, graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law in Boston.



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