Karen Korematsu, Executive Director and Co-Founder

Karen Korematsu, by Carlo de la Cruz, low resKaren Korematsu is the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu and in 2009 co-founded the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education at the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Karen has been the Institute’s executive director since May 2013.

Karen shares her father’s passion for social justice and education. One of her significant accomplishments was working with Assembly member Warren Furutani in successfully establishing the “Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution” for the state of California on January 30 in perpetuity. Fred Korematsu is the first Asian American in United States history that has been honored with a statewide day. The official launch was on January 30, 2011.

Since her father’s passing in 2005, Karen has been carrying on her father’s legacy through education as a civil rights advocate and public speaker. She speaks to K-12 public and privates schools, universities, law schools and organizations. Some speaking engagements around the country have included UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Seattle University School of Law, Northwestern School of Law, Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside, CA and University of Michigan. Karen has given presentations on Fred Korematsu K-12 curriculum to the California State Conference on Social Studies, Service-Learning Leadership, California Council for the Social Studies Conference, Hawaii State Social Studies Teachers Conference and many other state teacher’s workshops. National presentations have included the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Conference and the National Forum on Education Conference (CEP).

In 2006, Karen signed on to the amicus brief for Odah v. United States in support of the Guantanamo Bay detainees regarding habeas corpus and was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) regarding her position on that case. Also, in 2007 Karen signed on to the amicus brief for Turkman v. Ashcroft in support of the rights of Muslim immigrants. In 2012, Karen signed on to the amicus brief for Hedges v. Obama challenging the potential infringements on constitutional rights violations of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

As of 1983 Karen has been a volunteer with the Asian Law Caucus and in 1989 co-founded the Fred T. Korematsu Civil Rights Fund. Since 2000, she has served on the Asian Law Caucus Board of Directors and currently holds the position of Secretary. Karen is a key member of both the National Advisory Board of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law and the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She also sits on the National Board of Directors for the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, DC.

Recent Awards and Honors:

  • Bentley School “Freedom Award”
  • Iranian American Bar Association, Northern CA “Commitment to Social Justice”
  • Council of American Islamic Relations-SFBA “Promoting Justice Award”
  • Wrote the Forward to “Patriot Acts, Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice”, 2011, A Voice of Witness Book
  • Guest Speaker, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas

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Evan Goldberg, Education Manager
Education Manager Evan Goldberg is the Coordinator for Character Education and Service-Learning at the Alameda County Office of Education, located in the east San Francisco Bay. He is currently program manager for a federal character education initiative (Project Heart, Head, Hands), Cesar Chavez Service-Learning and two School Community Violence Prevention grants. Evan also teaches a service learning class through the Department of Educational Leadership at California State University, East Bay. Previously, he coordinated service-learning projects and served as the Regional Lead for service-learning for the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Evan is a graduate of San Diego State University and earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay. Evan is a former social studies and English teacher. Email Evan at korematsu[at] 



The Korematsu Institute offers two internship cycles every year: 1) summer and 2) fall/winter. Up to four interns are selected for each cycle. For more information, click here.

Coming soon: info on our summer 2013 interns!