Densho Digital Repository
Emi Kuboyama, Office of Redress Administration (ORA) Oral History Project Collection
Title: Martha Watanabe Interview
Narrator: Martha Watanabe
Interviewer: Emi Kuboyama
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: May 17, 2019
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1020-3-1

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EK: This is Emi Kuboyama, Stanford University, here with Lisa Johnson in Alexandria, Virginia, and it's May 19, 2019. Hi, Lisa.

LJ: Hi, Emi.

EK: Could you start by stating your name and where you were born and raised, and then your ORA title or role?

LJ: Sure. Lisa Johnson, I was born and raised here in Alexandria, Virginia, and I started with ORA in 1989 as a student intern, actually, and then I guess my title changed throughout the time I was in the program from analyst to program... I don't know. I don't know that I had a specific title by the end. But did a little bit of everything through the ten or twelve years I worked in the program.

EK: And your educational and work background prior to Redress?

LJ: Very limited, because I started, I was still seventeen years old the first summer I worked for ORA putting labels on mailings that went out right after I graduated from high school. And then I went to the University of Virginia and worked my summers and college breaks on ORA and then came back to ORA after graduation.

EK: And so how exactly did you become involved with the office?

LJ:My mom actually worked at the Justice Department at the time, and knew Bob Bratt, the director of the program through work, and happened to mention she had a daughter looking for a summer job, and he said, "Oh, I have a program she can work on." So I applied and there I was.

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