Craig Shimizu Named 2014-15 Inouye Fellow

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WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League announced Sept. 29 that Craig Shimizu has been selected as the 2014-15 Daniel K. Inouye Fellow.

Craig Shimizu

Craig Shimizu

Shimizu is a fourth-generation Japanese American and member of the San Jose JACL. After spending his formative years at basketball tournaments, church lock-ins, and Obon festivals throughout the Bay Area, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a degree in business administration and was a vice president in the USC Nikkei Association.

During this time, he also interned with the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and the Go For Broke National Education Center.

Most recently, Shimizu served as an armor officer in the Army and was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He said he is honored to be selected for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship and is excited for the opportunity to serve JACL and the Japanese American community in Washington, D.C.

Inouye Fellows have the opportunity to:

• Staff and monitor key legislative initiatives and issues relevant to the Asian American/Pacific Islander community.

• Work on a wide variety of projects, issues and programs.

• Conduct research and study topics assigned.

• Interact with other national AAPI and civil rights organizations in the D.C. area.

• Work with JACL and other organizations to organize programs and events.

• Serve on various civil rights and AAPI committees.

• Perform a wide variety of duties, and work directly with the JACL executive director.

For more information, visit www.jacl.org.

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