Suzan Aramaki

Ms. Suzan Aramaki served most recently as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Director for Civil Rights (2001-2015) under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama (reporting to Secretaries of Commerce Norman Mineta, Donald Evans, Carlos Gutierrez, Gary Locke, John Bryson, and Penny Pritzker), and was awarded the Presidential Rank Award (the highest award for public service in government) in 2009 by President Obama.  She retired from the U.S. Government in 2015, but continues to support governmental efforts to streamline service delivery methods and ensure accountability to the public in the provision of compliance and diversity enhancement efforts.

Ms. Aramaki is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received her B.A., and of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she received her J.D. and LL.M degrees.  After graduation from Georgetown, she demonstrated her commitment to clinical legal education as the Assistant Director of the Anne Blaine Harrison Institute, a teaching institute specializing in local government and public law.  She is a member of the D.C. Bar.

Ms. Aramaki is currently the Co-Chair of her 45th Stanford Reunion Committee, and has been invited to serve on the Board of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) (decision pending).