WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2014) — Sharon M. Wong, National President of the Organization of Chinese Americans, announced Monday the departure of OCA Executive Director Tom L. Hayashi.
“OCA’s leadership is grateful for his dedication during his tenure,” Wong said. “He is credited with enhancing the organizational program portfolio, significantly improving the fundraising practice, as well as building the capacity for coordinated advocacy across networks including introduction of the civil rights fellowship.”
In the message to OCA Members, Chapters, and supporter, Wong thanked Hayashi on behalf of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates.
“We are grateful to him for his many contributions to the organization and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors,” Wong added. “Tom has indicated to me and to our national leadership that he plans to devote time and energy to completing his doctoral dissertation in human and organizational development, and returning to teaching and consulting.”
During this transitional period Immediate Past OCA President Ken Lee will take on the duties of the Executive Director, while continuing to serve in his own role of Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Lee will start the search for a new Executive Director in the coming months. His role will be to oversee the staff’s efforts while serving as a strong advocate for the organization.
“Ken has assured me that the search for a new Executive Director will be conducted in a thorough, patient, and thoughtful manner that befits the unique needs of our organization while maintaining the integrity and quality we all expect,” Wong said. “Our staff continues to be available to address your questions and concerns related to membership, programs, development, and advocacy.”
The primary liaisons for each department are: Membership and Programs: Mary Dynne Montante, Associate Director of Programs and Constituent Development: Victoria J. Rumsey, Director of Development; Kham Moua, OCA Civil Rights Fellow.