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.
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. 109)
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. 109)
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.
Administrative Consultant (ext. 105)
Christine has four years experience in publishing and journalism. She previously worked in New York City at the William Morris Agency in the foreign rights department and at Writers’ Representatives, as a literary agent assistant. Christine transitioned into journalism by working at ABC News Radio Online, as an associate producer. Before starting at AAJA, she finished a news radio internship with KQED Public Radio in San Francisco. Christine received a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in Radio/TV/Film and an M.A. from the University of London, Birkbeck College, in Creative Writing.
SAMANTHA K. CHU
Administrative Consultant (ext. 108)
Samantha has over three years experience in community outreach, education, and editing. Before joining the team at AAJA, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan where she advised local teachers and students on English language and life skills, and worked on nationwide projects encouraging creative writing and girls’ empowerment among youth. Previously, Samantha completed an editorial internship with the World Policy Journal in New York. She holds a B.A. in economics and English literature from Wellesley College in Massachusetts.
Photos of Justin Seiter and Glenn Sugihara by Jocelyn Duffy; photos of Christine Hsu and Samantha Chu by Rosa Trieu.