Dan Ichinose is Research Director at the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund. He has over 20 years of experience leading research that uses census, voter, and other data to address problems facing Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities. He is an expert in both census policy issues and census data and has led the production of dozens of reports using disaggregated data to better understand and articulate the needs of low-income Asian Americans and NHPI. Dan has also helped community organizations in Southern California and throughout the country access and use voter data to target and implement voter protection and engagement efforts. He is a veteran of two statewide redistricting campaigns, working with stakeholders throughout California to construct the Asian American and NHPI community’s first statewide redistricting proposal in 2001 and the state’s first majority Asian American legislative district in 2011.
Dan was most recently Director of the Demographic Research Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, where he oversaw its Census Information Center (CIC) and was Vice-Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s CIC Steering Committee. He is a past member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The great grandson of Japanese immigrants to Hawai’i, Dan was born in Oregon, grew up in Florida, and is currently based in Los Angeles.