WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 24, 2014) — The White House Office of the Press Secretary announced Thursday that President Barack Obama intents to nominate Karen K. Narasaki as Commissioner of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Narasaki is an independent civil and human rights consultant who previously served as President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center from 1995 to 2012. She was the Washington Representative for the Japanese American Citizens League from 1992 to 1994 and was a corporate attorney at Perkins Coie from 1986 to 1991.
Ms. Narasaki began her career as a law clerk for Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1985 to 1986. She Narasaki is currently Chair of the Asian American Diversity Advisory Council for Comcast/NBCU and Co-Chair of the Asian American Advisory Council for Nielsen.
Narasaki also manages the Shelby Response Fund for Public Interest Projects. She has served on many boards and commissions throughout her career, including Vice Chair of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Chair of the Rights Working Group.
Narasaki is a board member for Common Cause, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Independent Sector, and the National Immigration Law Center. She received a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.
The announcement came with other nominations including, Tom Frieden to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization; Perry Holloway as Ambassador to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; Willie May to Under Secretary for Standards and Technology; Therese McMillan as Federal Transit Administrator; Pamela Leora Spratlen as Ambassador to the Republic of Uzbekistan; Betsaida Alcantara to Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs; Patricia Timmons-Goodson as Commissioner to the Commission on Civil Rights; and Michael Ross to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.
“I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”