The ACLU of Hawaii is pleased to announce the addition to its team of Kathleen Wong, coming on board as Communications Manager. Her position is part of a strategic expansion by the local ACLU affiliate to build its capacity and reach in order to better protect and advance civil rights for all of the people of Hawaii.
Ms. Wong is a writer and digital media strategist whose mission is to provide a platform for underrepresented voices through engaging content. She has the ability to bring urgency and awareness to sensitive topics in innovative ways while empowering the right audiences.
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On joining the ACLU of Hawaii team, Wong said: “I’ve admired the ACLU and its mission for many years and in this current political climate, I feel like I am joining the team at an imperative time. I’m excited to see how I can promote equality and positive change in my own backyard.”
Immediately prior to coming to work for the ACLU of Hawaii, Kathleen served in Hawaii as Communications Manager for the Honolulu Museum of Art. Born on the mainland but raised on O‘ahu, Wong studied journalism and sociology at New York University. In New York, she worked or interned for publications such as Mic, Mashable, Refinery29 and High Times. As a writer, she has bylines with The New York Times, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Vice’s Broadly, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Honolulu Magazine, Huffington Post, Hawaii Luxury Magazine and more.
ACLU of Hawaii Executive Director Joshua Wisch said, “Public education and outreach are critical components of our work at the ACLU. We cannot be effective unless people understand why we fight for civil rights. And that happens through sharing stories. I’m excited for Kathleen to use her journalism experience and love for storytelling to help translate what are often complex legal topics, into compelling stories that urge people to get involved and join the fight to protect their rights.”