Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizen's League (JACL)
Priscilla is the Executive Director for the Japanese American Citizens League. She was appointed in 2012, and is the first female to serve in the position. Prior to stepping in as Executive Director, Ouchida served on the JACL National Board as Vice President of General Operation.
Prior to joining the JACL staff, Ouchida was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for State Senator Patrick Johnston. During her career with the California State Legislature, Ouchida also worked as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for State Senator Joe Simitian, Principal Consultant for the Assembly Select Committee on High Tech Crime, Principal Consultant for the Environmental Protection Committee, and Principal Consultant for the Appropriations Committee.
Ouchida staffed over 600 legislative measures while with the Legislature. One of her major accomplishments was the passage of legislation that provided monetary redress to Japanese Americans who were unfairly fired from their jobs with the State of California after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The 1982 law was the first of three measure written by Ouchida to address wartime injustices against Americans of Japanese ancestry. Other significant legislation included creation of the first high tech law enforcement program in the nation, legislation to prevent elderly financial abuse, preservation of open space in Half Moon Bay, sexual harassment protections, and privacy protections. Her work led to the acquisition of coastal property that is now designated as Caspar State Beach in Mendocino, California; restoration of the original California Supreme Court chambers; development of the first green state building construction project in California; and creation of a satellite campus of California State University Stanislaus in Stockton, California.
Ouchida served as a delegate to the California Democratic Party in 2010, and managed several political campaigns. She served on the advisory committee for the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, and on the board of the Sacramento County Child Abuse Prevention Council. She also brought a number of Asian Pacific Islander exhibits to the State Capitol, including an exhibit on Japanese American baseball leagues.
Ouchida is Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and is on the advisory board for the Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement, an employee resource group within AT&T.