CAUSE Assistant Executive Director Kim Yamasaki and Chairman Charlie Woo. (Albert Liu Photography)
CAUSE Assistant Executive Director Kim Yamasaki and Chairman Charlie Woo. (Albert Liu Photography)

CAUSE, Southern California’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the political and civic participation of Asian Pacific Americans, announces the appointment of Kim Yamasaki as the new assistant executive director.

In her new role, Yamasaki will help lead the organization and will oversee the day-to-day management, fundraising, and programming.

Charlie Woo, chair of the CAUSE Board of Directors, said, “We are thrilled that Kim has taken a leadership role in our organization. Only recently, Kim served as a college intern and graduated from the CAUSE Leadership Academy. The fact that she’s ready to help lead this organization is a testament to her and the training she received through our academy.”

During her time with the academy, Yamasaki interned for Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

“Kim Yamasaki was an intern in my office as part of the CAUSE Leadership Academy,” Chu said. “Her dedication and commitment in promoting the Asian American community will further advance our political and civic participation. I congratulate her on being promoted to assistant executive director of CAUSE and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

After her internship, Yamasaki served as a staff assistant with Imprenta Communications Group, an award-winning public affairs, campaign, and ethnic marketing firm founded by CAUSE board member Ronald Wong.

“Kim will make outstanding contributions to CAUSE,” said Wong. “She is extremely talented and dedicated, she’s a quick study, and has received some valuable experience early in her career. We are lucky to have her at CAUSE.”

Prior to her appointment as assistant executive director, Yamasaki served as CAUSE programs coordinator, helping manage various successful programs, including the recent “Women in Power” event as well as this summer’s Leadership Academy.

“I am so happy to be able to contribute to the success of CAUSE,” said Yamasaki. “The faith they have in me really shows that the organization is willing to invest in the next generation of leaders and provide us with the opportunity to learn, participate, engage and succeed,” said Yamasaki.

“CAUSE will continue its great work and has many exciting activities and programs scheduled for the fall and next year,” added Woo. “Kim will be an important part in leading the organization and we look forward to our continued success and growth.”

Founded in 1993, CAUSE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization composed of committed professional, business, community and political leaders, and has established itself as a unique organization dedicated solely to APA civic and political participation. Its mission is to advance the political empowerment of the APA community through nonpartisan voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development. Based in the Greater Los Angeles area, CAUSE’s influence reaches throughout the nation.

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