Michael Yaki (Former Commissioner)
Michael Yaki Consulting
San Francisco, CA
POLITICAL AFFILIATION: DEMOCRAT
Congress appointed San Francisco attorney Michael Yaki to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in February 2005. Mr. Yaki is a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and past senior advisor to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. While a supervisor, Mr. Yaki chaired the board's Committee on Economic Development, Transportation and Telecommunications. He chaired the first Citywide Summit on Children and Youth and served as chair, San Francisco Transportation Authority (1999-2001); Director, Golden Gate Bridge and Highway District (1998-2001); Director, California State Association of Counties (1996-2001); Director, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (1999-2001); Director, San Francisco Employee Retirement System (1996-2999). He was a lecturer in Political Science/Urban Studies at San Francisco State University (1996-2000) Mr. Yaki graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for a California Court of Appeals judge. Prior to opening his own consulting firm, Mr. Yaki was a partner in a law firm. He was reappointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in April 2011.
Among other awards, Mr. Yaki received the Community Service Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans, and Legislator of the Year from the FDR Club for Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Yaki is also a frequent op-ed contributor to newspapers such as the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, and has his own blog at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-gin/blogs/yaki/index.