Liann Ebesugawa is chairperson of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and has served in that capacity since 2019. She has served on the Commission since 2017 and was recently confirmed for a second term through 2023. She is Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. Her legal career has also included private practice at a large Hawaii law firm. Previously, she has worked in government and served as Executive Director of the Hawaii State Board of Education. Ms. Ebesugawa is currently on the Board of Directors for the Japanese American Citizens League Honolulu Chapter. During her tenure as the JACL’s past Board President, she addressed issues related to marriage equality, homelessness, Native Hawaiian self-determination, COFA migrant Healthcare and other civil rights issues that face the community. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Hawaii Chapter and has coauthored several academic publications and presentations regarding privacy in the workplace, Japanese American redress, and racial discrimination.