Priscilla Ouchida

Civil rights leader, Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League, author of first Japanese American redress bill in nation.

Priscilla Ouchida is the Executive Director for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Established in 1929, JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization in the nation with 104 chapters in 27 states. Ouchida was appointed to lead the organization in 2012.

Ouchida also serves on the Executive Board of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of leading national civil rights organizations. She is Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Caucus, and sits on the National Park Service Centennial Advisory Committee. She is active in the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans and the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Diabetes Coalition.

Prior to her work at JACL, Ouchida had a thirty-year career with the California State Legislature. She served as Chief of Staff to Senator Patrick Johnston and Senator Joe Simitian. She staffed over 600 legislative measures while with the Legislature. One of her major accomplishments was the passage of the California redress bill, the first successful Japanese American reparations measure in the nation. The 1982 law was the first of three measures written by Ouchida to address wartime injustices against Americans of Japanese ancestry.

A native of Sacramento,California, Ouchida was instrumental in the designation of the Walerga Assembly Center as a local park, and sits on the Tule Lake Stakeholders group.