kfeng AT commoncause DOT org
Kathay Feng is executive director of California Common Cause.
Under her leadership, California Common Cause has been active in championing election and redistricting reforms, government sunshine and accountability laws, campaign finance reforms, media access, and the voting rights of traditionally disenfranchised communities. Kathay helped spearhead California Common Cause’s successful effort to pass initiatives to create an independent citizens redistricting commission to draw state legislative and congressional districts in a fair and independent manner, which has become a model for nation redistricting reform. Most recently, she has led efforts to win the passage of new California laws that have brought Online Voter Registration and Same Day Registration to the state. Locally, she also helped lead successful Los Angeles coalition efforts to reform the matching funds campaign finance system in 2011. Under Feng, CCC has served as an anchor organizations for California’s Election Protection efforts to provide assistance and independent monitoring of elections throughout the state.
Kathay has been an activist and civil rights attorney in California for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Common Cause in 2005, she headed the Voting Rights and Anti-Discrimination Unit at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. She helped the center pass key laws in the area of voting rights, anti-hate crimes laws, language rights and consumer rights; while also working on high profile hate crimes cases, civil liberties advocacy, and election monitoring and polling efforts. Her advocacy resulted in the creation of Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review, which provides citizen oversight over the Los Angeles Sheriff Department in issues ranging from discrimination to use of force. She serves, or has served, on numerous boards including the California Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Voter Participation and Outreach, the LA County Human Relations Commission, and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council.
She is a graduate of Cornell University, and holds a law degree from UCLA School of Law.