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.
Prior to CAUSE, Kim gained valuable work experience through internships and work with CAUSE, US Congressmember 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 currently serves on the Community Advisory Council for SoCalGas and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Kizuna, a local nonprofit organization for Japanese American youth empowerment.
Director of Programs
As Director of Programs, Adam is responsible for the development, management, and delivery of all CAUSE programs. He is proud to support the civic education and empowerment of our community through the organization’s programs and partners.
Prior to joining CAUSE, Adam served as a Field Representative at the Office of California State Assemblymember Ed Chau where he maintained the relationships with its constituency and community partners to promote community engagement, input, and access to government at all levels. In this capacity he served as a liaison for the constituents of the 49th Assembly District and their elected representative in the State Assembly, often attending community events and meetings on his behalf. There, he was responsible for event development, marketing and outreach, community relations, and the internship program.
Adam is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies & Economics with a focus on Western Europe.
Director of Marketing & Communications
As Director of Marketing & Communications, Haidee manages CAUSE’s branding, content creation, and general marketing/communications strategy. She hopes to see an increase in political awareness and activism among Asian Pacific Americans and is excited to be part of the CAUSE’s work in contributing to the empowerment of the APA community.
Before joining CAUSE, Haidee provided visual design and consulting services for a variety of startups in the Bay Area. She has experience in providing branding and front-end web design services for her clients, and has also offered consulting in UI/UX and online marketing strategies.
Haidee received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Manager of Leadership Development
As Manager of Leadership Development, Audrey is responsible for implementing and supporting CAUSE’s leadership development programs. She also provides key operational support to ensure a high standard of efficiency and effectiveness for the organization. She is excited to work with CAUSE in its efforts to educate and inform the APA community through political and civic empowerment.
Before CAUSE, Audrey gained work experience through internships and fellowships with the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez. Her work within the Filipino American community as Regional Field Director for the AD51 campaign for State Assembly inspired her to continue empowering political participation and civic engagement within the Asian Pacific American community.
Audrey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Policy from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles.
Manager of Voter Engagement
As Manager of Voter Engagement, Richard manages all of the organization’s voter engagement programs. He is excited to work with CAUSE in its efforts to educate and inform the APA community through political and civic empowerment.
Before CAUSE, Richard gained experience through internships on campaigns and at district offices. He worked at Senator Ben Allen’s office, as well as being involved in the Jesse Gabriel for Assembly campaign.
Richard graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Political Science.
As Programs Coordinator, Justine executes and supports all programming at CAUSE to ensure programs and organizational success. She is excited to work with CAUSE to educate and elevate the APA community through political and civic empowerment.
Before CAUSE, Justine gained experience engaging with the APA population through various Filipino- American community organizations and advocacy groups. She has also completed internships in local politics with the County of Orange and in large- scale community programs with ABC7.
Justine graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Political Economy.
Development & Administrative Coordinator
As Development & Administrative Coordinator, Thalia provides key operational support to ensure a high standard of efficiency and effectiveness for CAUSE. She is excited to work with CAUSE in its efforts to educate and inform the APA community through political and civic empowerment.
Before CAUSE, Thalia gained experience through campaigns and at district offices. She worked for the California State Senate, as well as being involved in a Municipal Water District campaign.
Thalia graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s in Political Science.