Charles Kamasaki has headed the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) since 1989.
He was previously Director of NCLR's Policy Analysis Center, a position he held for seven years.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NCLR is the nation's principal Hispanic organization, representing nearly 300 affiliates community-based organizations who together serve more than three million Latinos each year, and more than 35,000 individual associate members.
In addition to providing capacity-building technical and financial assistance to its affiliates, NCLR carries out public policy advocacy on behalf of all Hispanics in the United States.
Kamasaki is responsible for managing NCLR's research, policy analysis, and advocacy activity on a wide range of issues, including civil rights, education, economic mobility, housing and community development, immigration, and other issues.
In this connection, he has authored, coauthored, and supervised the preparation of several dozen policy and research reports, journal articles, and editorials. He has testified frequently at Congressional and Administrative hearings, and often represents NCLR at research and policy conferences and symposia.
He has lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University, Brown University, the University of Texas, The American University Law School, and many others. His work has been widely cited in the press, and in the policy and academic literature.