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JACL Welcomes New Norman Y. Mineta Fellow

By January 21, 2022July 13th, 2022No Comments

Former national staffer Bridget Keaveney transitions to new role within the organization.

By JACL National

JACL is pleased to announce the transition of Bridget Keaveney from membership coordinator to the new Norman Y. Mineta Fellow. Keaveney will move from the organization’s San Francisco headquarters office to its Washington, D.C., office in February 2022.

Bridget Keaveney

Keaveney has served as the JACL membership coordinator for the past nine months. Before arriving at JACL, she worked in archiving and democratizing Japanese American history from her time at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Portland State University in 2019. Her professional experience also includes a content creation background as a co-publisher and illustrator for the children’s book “Dreams of Little Miss Aeva,” as well as a social media background at a global disabilities advocacy group Traipsin’ Global on Wheels.

“I couldn’t be more excited to start this next chapter in my career!” said Keaveney of her new appointment. “The word ‘grateful’ certainly comes to mind; I couldn’t have made it this far without the loving support of my family and friends. I look forward to supporting my colleagues in Washington, D.C., and advocating at a national level.

“As someone who strives to be an effective change agent, I wish to uplift, empower and protect the civil rights of all those who are marginalized,” Keaveney continued. “It is of great importance to me that I do all that I can to best support and serve the AANHPI community, as the issues that face the community are deeply personal to me. I am proud to represent the JACL but even prouder to be Shin-Nisei!”

The Norman Y. Mineta Fellowship was established in 2007 in honor of the American politician who served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Commerce and helped found the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. For more information on the fellowship, please visit

JACL’s staff, volunteers and members are so thankful for Keaveney’s leadership in our membership program and delighted that she will stay at JACL!