Lisa Hasegawa, former executive director of the National Coalition for Asian and Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and NLIHC board member, will receive the 2018 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award at NLIHC’s annual Housing Leadership Awards Reception taking place in Washington DC on March 20. Make a donation in Ms. Hasegawa’s honor and/or register to attend the event today.
The Cushing Niles Dolbeare Lifetime Service Award is named after NLIHC’s founder. One of the leading experts on federal housing policy and the housing circumstances of low income people, Ms. Dolbeare was widely known as the “godmother” of the affordable housing advocacy movement.
As executive director of National CAPACD for 15 years, Lisa Hasegawa led national efforts to bring visibility to low income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities and worked in coalition with other civil rights organizations and advocates for people who are poor. She often points out that inclusion of AAPIs in the narrative of who is poor pushes back on attempts to use Asian Americans as a wedge to divide communities of color, or as justification that racism and white supremacy no longer exists. Prior to National CAPACD, she was the community liaison of the White House Initiative on AAPIs and worked to ensure federal agencies had adequate data and responded to needs in diverse low-income AAPI communities. In 2017 Lisa was named one of UCLA's activists in residence at the Institute for Inequality and Democracy and the Asian American Studies Center. She currently is a principal at Fireflower Partners. For her entire career, Lisa has worked at the intersections of civil and human rights, affordable housing and public health, and community development and organizing.
The other 2018 honorees are Matthew Desmond, MacArthur Genius awardee and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, who will receive the Sheila Crowley Housing Justice Award, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), who will receive the Edward Brooke Housing Leadership award.
Please make a Leadership Award Reception sponsorship donation honoring these leaders and supporting NLIHC’s mission of promoting socially just public policy to ensure the lowest income people in America have decent, affordable homes. To register for the 2018 Leadership Reception at which Ms. Hasegawa, Dr. Desmond, and Ms. Collins will be recognized, contact Christina Sin at firstname.lastname@example.org or register online (a separate ticket from the NLIHC Housing Policy Forum, taking place the same week, is required to attend the reception).