WASHINGTON — Amy Watanabe from Los Angeles has been selected as the 2012-13 Daniel K. Inouye Fellow.

Amy Watanabe

The Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is funded through the corporate sponsorships of Eli Lilly and Company and Southwest Airlines.

Watanabe graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in Asian American studies. She conducted fieldwork in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Hawaii, and completed extension courses at UCLA in social media marketing and marketing.

She was active with the UCLA Nikkei Student Union, serving as an executive board member and becoming involved in the Little Tokyo community, where she worked and volunteered for various programs at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC).

Since graduation, Watanabe has been working as a legal administrative assistant at the Law Offices of Michael S. Rosenblum in Century City.

Watanabe has been co-president and president of the Venice-Culver chapter of JACL; a participant in the 2012 JACL/OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) Leadership Development Conference; an administrative staffer for Camp Musubi, sponsored by JACL’s Pacific Southwest District; and an active member of the Venice Japanese Community Center.

The daughter of Craig and Deborah Watanabe, she was selected from a highly competitive field of applicants, many of whom have risen through the ranks of JACL’s youth leadership programs.

For more information on JACL fellowships, internships and scholarships, visit www.jacl.org.

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