Ken oversees Mission College’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) programs whose mission is to improve the transition, progression, transfer and graduation rates of historically underrepresented and underprepared AAPI students. He joins Mission College with eight years of experience managing federally-funded programs and leading teams in the nonprofit sector.
Prior to joining Mission College, Ken worked at the Japanese Community Youth Council, one of San Francisco’s most successful non-profit youth organizations. He played a dual role serving as Associate Director of the AACE Talent Search TRIO programs and Project Director of the San Francisco College Access Center, a Cal-SOAP program.
Under his leadership, Ken administered three education programs that served over 3,200 participants annually and assisted more than 4,000 low-income students to graduate from high school and enroll into postsecondary institutions.
He brings five years of experience in leading lobbying and advocacy efforts to help protect federal funding of educational opportunity programs such as TRIO and the College Access Challenge Grant Program. Ken also served a one-year term as Lead Project Director for the California Student Opportunity and Access Programs, acting as liaison between the Executive Director of the CA Student Aid Commission and the sixteen Cal-SOAP Project Directors.
- M.P.A. in Public Administration
- San Francisco State University
- B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Social Psychology
- UC Santa Cruz
Ken is a Bay Area native, born in San Francisco and raised in South San Francisco. His interests include international travel, going to live concerts, and spending time with family and friends.
"Those who do not know from where they came shall never arrive at their destination."
~ José Rizal