Deanna Kitamura was the Voting Rights Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She started there as the Statewide Redistricting Manager and later expanded her voting rights work to language access and voter protection. She has filed cases resulting in cities converting from at-large to district elections and is a co-author of Voices of Democracy: The State of Language Access in California's November 2016 Elections. Deanna has worked on a number of election related legislative measures, including a bill that allows lawful permanent residents to work as poll workers in California. She served on various local and state committees and will continue to serve on the California Secretary of State's Language Accessibility Advisory Committee.
Deanna has worked at a variety of nonprofits including Western Center on Law & Poverty (WCLP), the National Consumer Law Center, and California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). At WCLP, Deanna focused on affordable housing issues, including redevelopment. She was a generalist at CRLA and worked on a gamut of issues, including eviction defense and wage claims, and created CRLA's farmworker sexual harassment task force. She began her career working on employment discrimination cases at a civil rights litigation firm. Deanna graduated from Pomona College and UCLA School of Law.