Angela ("Angie") Yamanaka joined the ACLU of Texas in May 2019. An immigrant originally from Japan and a "transplanted Texan," Angie feels a deep personal commitment to immigrants' rights, LGBTQIA+ equality, and ending white supremacy. As development operations strategist, she focuses on driving and managing the affiliate's grants program to secure funding and resources for the vital work on the ground in Texas.
Prior to coming to the ACLU of Texas, Angie worked in educational and cultural institutions — including San Jacinto College North and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — as a writing instructor for first-generation, non-traditional, and/or disabled college students and as an academic writer/editor of interpretive materials.
She founded and operates the AEGIS Network, a safety and support network that provides in real-time assistance for survivors of abuse and violence in creating a new life.
Angie lives in Houston with her attack cats and too many books, where she writes emo poetry about the fall of the Library of Alexandria.