In July, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Emily K. Murase '87 executive director for the Department on the Status of Women, which is particularly concerned with issues that affect marginalized women and girls, both within city and county government and in the private sector.
A major in modern Japanese history at Bryn Mawr, Murase was a telecommunications specialist for Asia-Pacific for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 1995-96. She served as Director for Inter national Economic Affairs under the Clinton Administration, where she prepared policy recommendations for the President and senior policymakers on Japan and China, in addition to intellectual property rights.
"Emily has shown great commitment and dedication to women's issues," Newsom said. "She has substantive experience in government at the federal and local levels, and will be a great asset in fulfilling the department's mission."
Murase served on the Commission on the Status of Women from 1998-2004, and as its vice-president from 2002-03. She currently serves on the Parent Teacher Community Council Board for the Japanese Bilingual and Bicultural Program. Murase has taken part in the EMERGE Leadership Training Program, a program for women across the Northern California interested in political participation, fundraising, public speaking and current policy issues. In 2000, she received the Outstanding Asian Women Award from the Asian Women's Resource Center.
"I am thrilled to join the Newsom team," Murase said. "The Mayor has been a leader in fulfilling the terms of the Convention to Eliminate All Form of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the UN Treaty to which San Francisco became the first municipal party in 1998. I look forward to strengthening the commission's work to eradicate domestic violence, and achieving economic and social parity for women."
Murase holds a master's in Pacific and International Affairs from the U/CA-San Diego and a doctorate in communication from Stanford. She is vice president of the Executive Board of the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Association.