Sansei male. Born November 13, 1944, in Reno, Nevada, where parents had resettled after leaving the concentration camps in Topaz, Utah, and Rohwer, Arkansas, during World War II. Grew up in East Los Angeles. Involved in a number of community social service organizations in Los Angeles, such as Oriental Concern and the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. Elected national director of the Japanese American Citizens League in 1981, and was heavily involved in the redress movement. Regional Director with the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service.