|JACL NAMES NEW NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR|
|March 05, 2012|
|SAN FRANCISCO — Priscilla Ouchida of Sacramento has been named the new national executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, effective March 1.|
Ouchida will begin her duties on a part-time basis at the JACL Headquarters as the National Executive Director Elect. She has a long history with the JACL, having served many volunteer capacities, including an elected term as the JACL’s national vice president of General Operations. Professionally, she has worked as the chief of staff and legislative director for California state legislators in Sacramento. She has more than 30 years of experience in management, budget, advocacy, and programs. She has a strong belief in the importance of the JACL as a national voice today and into the future.
“The National JACL Board conducted an extensive search and screened many applicants for our National Executive Director position,” said National JACL President David Kawamoto. “We are very pleased with the prior JACL leadership and the passion for our organization that Priscilla brings. We look forward to having her continue to work with the JACL in this new capacity.”
Ouchida succeeds S. Floyd Mori as the JACL’s national executive director. Mori is retiring from the JACL after seven years of service in Washington, D.C., first as the director of public policy and as national executive director. In order to allow for a smooth transition and due to prior commitments, it is anticipated that Mori will remain as national executive director until June 1, when Ouchida will assume the full responsibility of the position.
Founded in 1929, the JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the United States. The JACL monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans and implements strategies to effect positive social change, particularly to the Asian Pacific American community.