Legislative Advisory Committee

Michael M. Honda: Legislative Advisor
Member of Congress (Retired)


Mike Honda learned about civil rights from his earliest days at Camp Amache, where he was interned with his family during WWII. This experience built in him a conviction to fight for groups that are marginalized.

Congressman Honda’s record reflects his deep commitment to public service and social justice. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, science teacher, principal, School Board Member, County Supervisor, State Assemblyman, and Member of Congress. In Congress, Honda rose to the esteemed position of Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science. He also served as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

During his tenure, Congressman Honda played pivotal roles in supporting the Nisei Solider Congressional Gold Medal and the  Filipino WWII Veterans Congressional Gold Medal.

Norman Y. Mineta: Legislative Advisor
Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of Commerce, Member of Congress (Retired)

Secretary Mineta has spent his career fighting for civil rights as an elected and appointed public servant. The indignity of of his family’s internment at Heart Mountain during WWII built in him a lifelong commitment to social justice.

Norman Mineta served in the United State Army, the San Jose City Council, elected San Jose Mayor, and went on to serve the people of San Jose as their Member of Congress for twenty years. He then became the first Asian American Cabinet Secretary to serve two Presidents in succession, President Clinton’s Secretary of Commerce and President Bush’s Secretary of Transportation.

Since leaving government, Secretary Mineta has worked recognize the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders and to encourage them to get involved in public service.