Director of Communications
Keith Kamisugi is the Director of Communications at the Equal Justice Society, responsible for the organization’s online strategies, media relations, communications strategy, as well as developing communications coalitions across the country.
Keith has more than 13 years of public relations experience, including positions as a regional spokesman for Verizon Communications, account manager for technology PR agency Niehaus Ryan Wong 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 has 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 boards of Chinese for Affirmative Action, San Francisco Japantown Foundation, Asian Law Caucus, Nichi Bei Foundation and Chinatown Community Development Center. He also serves on the advisory council of Netroots Nation.
He previously served as president of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (where he founded the Young Business Roundtable) and on the boards of the Asian American Theater Company, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, the Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California and APA for Progress.
He was also a past chairman of the Young Democrats of Hawai’i and 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 co-founder and co-chair of the University of Hawai’i Student Caucus, a coalition of organizations representing more than 44,000 students of the university system’s ten campuses.