Kim Yamasaki is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE). In her position, Kim manages and oversees the entire organization, including its staff, programs, and fundraising efforts. Kim is passionate about finding creative and innovative ways to appeal to the younger generation of future community leaders and voters. In her tenure, she has more than tripled the budget, added on three core programs for pipeline building and voter engagement efforts, and more than quadrupled the staff at the organization.
Prior to CAUSE, Kim gained valuable work experience through internships and work with CAUSE, U.S. Congress Member Judy Chu, the US House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Imprenta Communications Group, and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center. She is a proud CAUSE Leadership Academy alumnus.
She has been featured in news articles and stories on NBC, KCRW, the Rafu Shimpo, World Journal, and was named one of the top sixty California Influencers to comment on important issues affecting the state by the Sacramento Bee and other McClatchy newspapers.
Kim was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Asian Languages (Korean) from UCLA. She serves on the Board of Directors for Kizuna, a local nonprofit organization for Japanese American youth empowerment, and the Community Advisory Council for SoCalGas.
She’s a big fan of the Dodgers, hikes, cooking, and a good read. Her dog, Harper, is the love of her life.