USC Announces Award in Name of Kam Kuwata

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City News Service

The University of Southern California announced Monday it has named an award for political consultant Kam Kuwata, who died last month.

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC next spring will begin offering the Kam Kuwata USC Award to students who have demonstrated a strong interest in campaign politics.

The award is intended to provide the financial support for students to work on behalf of a candidate or cause that inspires them.

Donations to the Kam Kuwata Award can be made to: Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, University Park Campus, Von KleinSmid Center, Room 263, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Kuwata graduated from USC in 1975 with a political science degree. He worked on the campaigns of President Barack Obama, U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the late Sen. Alan Cranston, former Gov. Gray Davis and former Mayor Jim Hahn.

“Kam’s brilliance as a political strategist was matched by his passion for our country and the passion by which we govern ourselves,” Obama said after learning of Kuwata’s death last month.

“I’ll never forget the critical contribution Kam made to our efforts in 2008, planning an open, vibrant convention that really captured the spirit of our campaign.”

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