Deanna Kitamura is the Voting Rights Project’s Senior Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA. Her work includes ensuring counties comply with their language assistance requirements for elections, and she co-authored Voices of Democracy: Asian Americans and Language Access During the 2012 Elections. From 2009-2012, Kitamura was the Statewide Redistricting Manager and worked with community partners to keep Asian Americans & NHPI communities whole during the redistricting process. Prior to Advancing Justice – LA, Kitamura was a legislative deputy for a councilmember and an attorney at Western Center on Law & Poverty, California Rural Legal Assistance, National Consumer Law Center, and a civil rights firm.
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