Keith Kamisugi is the Director of Communications at the Equal Justice Society, a nonprofit in Oakland, Calif., transforming the nation’s consciousness on race through law, social science, and the arts. He joined EJS in October 2006.
Keith has 20 years of communications and marketing experience, including positions as a media relations manager for Verizon, an account manager for a technology PR agency, and serving a diverse portfolio of companies as an independent consultant. He also served for four years on the executive staffs of Hawai’i governors John Waihee and Benjamin Cayetano.
He has presented talks on public relations, online strategies, politics and business for numerous organizations, including: University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, The Anderson School at UCLA, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Marin County Youth Commission, staff of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Public Relations Society of America, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Greenlining Institute, EEOC Quad Council and the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.
He previously managed communications for several Asian American Journalist Association national conventions and served as communications director for the UNITY 2004 convention, which was attended by more than 7,000 journalists of color in Washington, D.C. He helped coordinate media training workshops for the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles chapters of AAJA. Keith received AAJA’s national award for Member of the Year in 2004 – the only non-journalist/media professional to receive that recognition.
Keith serves on the board of the San Francisco Japantown Foundation, and has served on the boards of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Asian Law Caucus, APIAVote, Nichi Bei Foundation, Chinatown Community Development Center, Asian American Theater Company, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and APA for Progress. He also served on the advisory council of Netroots Nation.
He is a past president of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (where he founded the Young Business Roundtable), and a past chairman of the Young Democrats of Hawai’i. He was a member of Hawai’i’s delegation to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.
Keith was born in Hawai’i and attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where he served as student body president and as founding co-chair of the University of Hawai’i Student Caucus, a coalition of organizations representing more than 50,000 students of the university system’s ten campuses.