Green Festival Speakers

Naomi Ishisaka



Ishisaka has 13 years of experience in journalism and publishing. She is currently the interim communications director for OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone). Until October 2008, Ishisaka served for the previous eight years as the editorinchief of ColorsNW, a monthly magazine focusing on communities of color in the Northwest.

As editor, she managed all aspects of the editorial direction and execution of the magazine and served as part of the leadership team managing the operations of the company. Launched in 2001, ColorsNW won more than 50 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Competition, and Ishisaka won five first place awards for editorial writing, feature writing and commentary.

Ishisaka is a Seattle native and worked at several Puget Sound newspapers, including The Seattle Times, Seattle PostIntelligencer, The News Tribune and the Bremerton Sun. She is a current Institute for Justice and Journalism Fellow studying immigration and border issues and was a Spring 2005 fellow of the German Marshall Fund and traveled throughout Europe. In 2005 and 2006, Ishisaka traveled to the Gulf Coast states to cover the affects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on communities of color.

Ishisakas journalism education includes editing training at the Dow Jones Copy Editing Program, the Knight Center for Specialized Journalisms Immigration program and the Minority Editorial Writers Seminar. A graduate of the Asian American Journalist Associations Executive Leadership Program, she is a frequent speaker at media workshops and community events.