Toshiko Hasegawa was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee in 2018 as Executive Director of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. She is a member of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Business Diversity and serves upon a number of state committees, workgroups, and task forces. In her time at CAPAA, she has helped grow the agency’s budget and staff, define its legislative advocacy strategy, and improve its communications systems. Special policy areas of interest include criminal legal reform, environmental justice, anti-human trafficking, small business resiliency, and access to democracy.
In 2021, Toshiko was elected by the voters of King County to the Port of Seattle Commission, becoming the first Asian American woman elected to serve in that capacity. Previously, she worked in legislative government at the federal, state, and county levels and served as the Communications Manager at King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, where she worked to inform and engage the public on efforts to improve systems of police accountability.
Toshiko is passionate about civil rights and advocates for the equal protection of all people under the law. She takes pride in engaging diverse communities in conversations regarding issues and policy decisions that impact them and enjoys being present in the communities she serves.
Toshiko is a 4th-generation Seattleite and lifelong resident of the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle, where she lives with her husband Michael and their daughter Keiko. She holds a M.A. in Criminal Justice from Seattle University. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and adventuring outdoors with her family.