AAJA National Office and Staff ContactsAAJA’s National Staff provides support to the organization’s various programs and services. 5 Third Street, Suite 1108, San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 415-346-2051, staff extensions and emails listed below AAJA Office Fax: 415-346-6343
Executive Director (ext. 106)
Kathy has more than 10 years experience in program development and nonprofit management with various nonprofit agencies. Prior to becoming AAJA’s Executive Director, Kathy was the Director of Hands On Sacramento, a California volunteer action center that provided volunteer opportunities in three counties. Kathy also worked for six years as a public affairs representative for The Sacramento Bee, where she was in charge of their employee volunteer program, managed charitable contributions, oversaw special projects and developed client relations with businesses such as the Asian, Hispanic, Black and Metro Chambers. Kathy has also consulted with companies such as VSP and lead workshops on multicultural marketing. Kathy is certified by the Newspaper Association of America as a Diversity Facilitator, and has served on the advisory council for the National Corporate Volunteer Council and the National Hands On Schools Council for Hands On Network & Points of Light Institute.
Social Media Intern
Audrey is an Ohio-born, Maryland-native who is currently studying journalism, global health and business institutions program at Northwestern University. Her journalism experience spans from interning at CBS Chicago last year to reporting in the District of Columbia covering events such as the Inauguration and State of the Union to interning at CNBC. Audrey has won the SPJ Region 5 Mark of Excellence Awards two years in a row for two separate articles. Passionate about entrepreneurship, journalism and business, Audrey has also interned with Chicago’s coworking space 1871 and various startups, for which she helped with marketing and social media.
Administrative Consultant (ext. 105)
Cristina coordinates AAJA’s member services and national convention. She has experience in event planning, youth engagement and volunteer development, and over eight years of experience in customer service. Prior to joining AAJA, Cristina worked outreach and production for a start-up in Berkeley. She served a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, where she helped to coordinate city-wide initiatives to alleviate poverty and create sustainable volunteer-based programs for youth, adults and people with disabilities. She is a third-year student at the University of California, Berkeley and moonlights as a webmaster and handywoman.
Program Associate (ext. 107)
Justin’s background is in communications and he has over three years of experience in education, youth development and customer service. Justin recently returned from the Dominican Republic where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two and a half years and worked with teachers and youth on a variety of educational and development projects. Prior to working with the AAJA, he was an editorial intern at UC Berkeley’s California Magazine. Originally from Arkansas, Justin graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. with a degree in mass communications and history.
GLENN E. K. SUGIHARA
Accounting Consultant (ext. 101)
Glenn has been AAJA’s accountant for almost 25 years. He is responsible for all accounting functions of the organization and works with the treasurers from all 21 chapters. Glenn’s accounting background includes working with corporate firms as well as non-profit organizations. Glenn received his B.S. in accounting from Loma Linda University. He is an owner and partner of several businesses.
KAREN A. SUGIHARA
Accounting Consultant (ext. 101)
Karen started at AAJA over 16 years ago to cover for Glenn while he was recuperating from surgery, and she has been with AAJA ever since. Karen helps with online payment processing, payroll and accounting support. After working with CPA firms, Karen started her own firm to be able to spend time raising her three daughters. She has a B.S. in accounting from Loma Linda University.
Glenn and Karen are proud grandparents to four grandkids: two granddaughters and two grandsons.
National Convention Administrative Consultant (ext. 108)
Mari has more than six years of experience in public relations, event coordination, marketing and promotions, social media and customer service. Previously, Mari lived in New York City, where she worked in public relations for consumer and startup technology clients. Prior to that, she resided in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, where she served as a senior account executive at one of the state’s top public relations agencies and led accounts in the agency’s travel division. Mari graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. with a B.A. in business administration.
Photos for Cristina Edwards, Justin Seiter, Glenn Sugihara and Mari Takamura © Jocelyn Duffy 2013 – all rights reserved.