Emi Gusukuma

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Emi Gusukuma was Steve Phillips law partner.


Emi Gusukuma provides legal advice to the founders of the Sandler Phillips Center, manages outside counsel, and is responsible for all legal matters associated with the Center’s activities. With 20 years of legal experience, she litigated a broad array of employment and commercial matters in private practice. She was a trusted adviser to clients large (including companies in the Fortune 500) and small, in the nonprofit and for profit sector, representing a wide range of industries from healthcare to tech. She regularly defended clients in investigations by state and federal agencies, and conducted scores of trainings, understanding that education was key to achieving compliance.

Gusukuma was President of the Asian American Bar Association, one of the largest minority bar associations in the country, from 2012-2013. She was appointed to the Ethics Commission for the City and County of San Francisco in 2004, and chaired the Commission for two years before her term concluded in 2010. She oversaw a dramatic increase in the staff and budget during her tenure, which allowed the Commission to expand its public and municipal education programs, and to fulfill its mandates.

She is a 2010 recipient of the Best Under 40 Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and a 2013 recipient of Minority Bar Coalition’s Unity Award for her longstanding work to increase diversity in the legal profession and in the judiciary.

Gusukuma holds a BA degree from UCLA, and a law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law.[1]

PowerPac+ Board of Directors

PowerPAC+ Board of Directors, as of 2017 included Emi Gusukuma - San Francisco, CA President of the Asian American Bar Association.[2]

Sandler Phillips Center Leadership

April 25 2018;