David Kakishiba since January 2003, has served as the District Two representative to the Oakland Board of Education. David has secured over $30 million to make needed renovations to our neighborhood schools, including the construction of the Bella Vista Child Development Center and La Ecuelita Elementary School; modernization of Garfield Elementary School; renovation of the Edna Brewer Middle School playgrounds; and the safety improvements at Crocker Highlands and Cleveland elementary schools.
David Kakishiba is the author of Oakland's Kids First! Initiative, which voters passed overwhelmingly in 1996. Today, Kids First! provides $9 million annually for children services throughout Oakland without raising taxes.
David Kakishiba is the co-founder of the Oak-to-Ninth Community Benefits Coalition. The Coaliton is working to establish a legally binding "community benefits agreement" with the developer of the Oak-to-Ninth waterfront development project to guarantee jobs, affordable housing, and open space for Chinatown, Eastlake, and San Antonio neighborhood residents.
He serves as the executive director of the East Bay Asian Youth Center. For 25 years, David has provided educational and economic opportunities to thousands of young people, many of who are active community leaders today. David's work was recently honored by the Ford Foundation with its prestigious Leadership For A Changing World Award.
David Kakishiba grew up in a Japanese immigrant working-class family. David's father and grandfather were incarcerated in a federal internment camp during World War II. Through his years of working with his father, who is a gardener, David developed a strong sense of justice and compassion for those with little means.
David Kakishiba has earned the endorsement of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, Oakland Board of Education President Gary Yee, Alameda County Central Labor Council, and hundreds of neighborhood, labor, and civic leaders throughout Oakland for his candidacy for the Oakland City Council District Two seat.
Committee to Free Choi Soo Lee activists
Committee to Free Choi Soo Lee activists Jeff Adachi, Peggy Saika, Warren Furutani, Jeff Mori, David Kakishiba, and Mike Suzuki, all Sansei whose families had spent the World War II years in the desolate concentration camps; Grant Din, Peggy Saika’s husband Dr. Art Chen, Susan Lew, Chris Chow, Esther Leong, Derrick Liem, and Sandra Gin, Chinese Americans; and Tom Surh, Gail Whang, Sook Nam Cho, Jai Lee Wong, Min Paek, and Han Yun, Korean Americans.
Asian Americans for Jesse Jackson
In January 1984 Ranko Yamada met with others in the Bay Area whose convictions mirrored his.
They agreed to sponsor a meeting to initiate a Northern California Asian committee . Contacting friends and organizations they'd worked with over the years, the six of us — Ying Lee Kelley, Carol Ono, David Kakishiba, Steve Hom, Butch Wing, and Ranko Yamada — anticipated an attendance of maybe 60 people. But manning the reception table during the course of this January 12th meeting, Yamada greeted more than 100 people.
- We gave ourselves a name — Asian Americans for Jesse Jackson — elected officers, and collected $500 on the spot!
"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"
Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.
Those listed as supporters of the call included David Kakishiba, director Berkeley Asian Youth Center. .
Bay Area New Priorities Campaign
Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;
- Aimee Allison, Host, KPFA Morning Show'
- Bob Brauer
- Mal Burnstein, California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus
- Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation
- Attenio Davis, War Times
- Pamela Drake, Oakland Community Activist
- Michael Eisenscher, US Labor Against the War
- Arthur J. Hatchett, Greater Richmond Interfaith Program
- Jakada Imani, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
- Sheila Jordan
- David Kakishiba, Oakland Board of Education
- Roger Kim, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Jack Kurzweil, Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club
- Ying Lee, Grandmothers Against the War
- Antonio Medrano, West Contra Costa Board of Education.
- Grace Morizawa, Asian Americans for Peace & Justice
- Jon Rainwater, Peace-Action West
- Wilson Riles, Oakland Community Action Network
- Walter Riley, Attorney and Civil Rights Activist
- Myrna Schnur, Co-Convenor, Gray Panthers - East Bay
- Sandra Schwarz, American Friends Service Committee
- Norman Solomon, Progressive Democrats of America
- Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, Oakland Rising
- James Vann, Oakland Community Activist