Advisory Council

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Bill Ong Hing is a Professor of Law and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law. He teaches Judicial Process, Negotiations, Public Service Strategies, Asian American History, and directs the law school’s clinical program. Mr. Hing is the current Vice-Chair of the Asian Law Caucus’ Board of Directors. Mr. Hing has authored several books including the award-winning To Be An American, Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation. Mr. Hing earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Karen Kai
Karen Kai

Keith Kamisugi is the Director of Communications at the Equal Justice Society. He is a director on the boards of Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco Japantown Foundation, APA for Progress and the Asian Law Caucus. Keith was previously president of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, the organizers of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Hawaii. He also served on the executive staffs of Hawai’i Governors John Waihee and Benjamin Cayetano. He founded the Young Business Roundtable, served as chairman of the Young Democrats of Hawai’i and was a member of Hawai’i’s delegation to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Karen Korematsu (KI Co-founder) is the daughter of Fred and Kathryn Korematsu. Karen shares her father’s passion for social justice and continues to advance his legacy by advising the Institute and speaking at events around the country. She is also a board member of the Asian Law Caucus, the Institute’s parent organization, as well as the Asian American Justice Center.
Dale Minami is a partner with Minami Tamaki LLP, where he specializes in personal injury and entertainment law. He has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, including: Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40-year-old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during World War II, originally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in landmark decisions. He was a co-founder of the Asian Law Caucus, Inc., a community-interest law firm, a co-founder of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the first Asian American Bar Association in the United States, the Asian Pacific Bar of California and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, a registered political action committee.

Archana Sahgal is a program officer for the Equality and Opportunity Fund-U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations. Sahgal also co-founded the Civic Engagement Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), a philanthropic collaborative focused on strengthening the civic participation of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities in the wake of September 11. She directed the Color of Democracy Fund, a collaboration of some of California’s leading donors supporting progressive infrastructure. At The San Francisco Foundation, she served as a Social Justice Fellow, managing the Civic Participation/Voter Mobilization Grant Program. More recently, she worked as a consultant to the Rosenberg Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Aside from this, Sahgal worked as the Director of External Affairs of the Office of the Assessor-Recorder for the City and County of San Francisco.
Peggy Saika is the President and Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). Ms. Saika was also the executive director of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network from 1993 to 2000 as well as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus from 1983 to 1991. She was the first Asian American to be appointed to the Alameda County Commission on the Stauts of Women, and in 1994, President Clinton appointed her to the National Environmental Advisory Council (NEJAC). Ms. Saika was also selected as a fellow of Kellogg International Leadership Program and as a recipient of the LEAD (Leadership, Equity, and Diversity) Award by Women & Philanthropy.
Don Tamaki is a partner with Minami Tamaki LLP, where he focuses on Corporate and Business, Non-profit Corporations, Contracts and Entertainment Law. Northern California Super Lawyers magazine has also recognized Mr. Tamaki as among the top attorneys in corporate law for six consecutive years from 2004 through 2009. In an effort that started the firm’s tradition and commitment to public service, Mr. Tamaki served as a member of the pro bono legal team that successfully reopened the landmark Supreme Court cases of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui and overturned their convictions for refusing to be interned during World War II. He continues to be a lecturer at UC Berkeley in connection with these historic legal events.