Meet Karen Narasaki

Civil Rights Advocate. Past president and executive director of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Karen Narasaki will be giving an informative talk about the importance and impact of the 2020 census on the Asian American community. 

Karen is a national authority on voting rights and redistricting, census, media, immigrant rights, and race relations. She is a consultant to the Bauman Foundation on the census and to the Redistricting Project of the New Venture Fund. In 2014, President Obama appointed her to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

For two decades, she was president/executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice/AAJC where she helped to lead the successful effort to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act; defend federal affirmative action programs; expand federal hate crimes law to cover people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and women; reduce the under count of minorities in the decennial census; increase minorities on television and defend family immigration. AAJC and its affiliates also led a national Asian American and Pacific Islander census 2000 and 2010 outreach campaign and an Asian American redistricting project after the 2010 census. After leaving AAJC, she worked as a consultant on a project focused on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. 

She was vice chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, and a board member for Common Cause, Independent Sector, National Immigration Law Center and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. 

She also served on the U.S. Census Decennial Advisory Committee and the FCC’s Advisory Committee for Diversity in the Digital Age. 

She is a graduate of Yale University and of the UCLA School of Law.

Learn more about the impact of the 2020 Census on the Asian American community from Karen Narasaki


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