Deanna Kitamura is the Partnership's Senior Staff Attorney. She is part of the legal team and works on issues related to state preemption, affordable housing, and community benefits. Prior to working at the Partnership, Deanna was the Voting Rights Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. There, she worked on language access and voter protection issues, including redistricting. 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 continues 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 and is licensed to practice law in California.