Kevin Hirano (he/him/his) is the Deputy Director of APIAVote, bringing over a decade of resource development and organizational strategy experience. More than his experience, Kevin brings a dedication and passion for APIAVote’s mission and vision to mobilize Asian American and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation in order to ensure our communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged. Kevin’s career has been built around his drive to build communities that are equitable and provide the most vulnerable a chance to live their fullest lives.
Prior to APIAVote, Kevin was a Major Gifts Officer at Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Open Society Foundations only U.S. based field office that addressed the root causes of three intertwined problems in the city and state: drug addiction, an over-reliance on incarceration, and obstacles that impede youth in succeeding inside and out of the classroom. While at OSF, Kevin was also elected to serve as a bargaining committee member representing the over 220 members of the newly formed CWA shop at OSF. Kevin and the bargaining committee successfully negotiated the first union contract with OSF that established systems and obligations to improve transparency and fairness. Kevin has also worked at the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Duke School of Medicine, Hospice Hawaii, and the Honolulu Symphony.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Kevin is proud to have received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. An avid homecook, eater, and soul searcher, he enjoys pau hana; sharing great food and drink with his wife and friends over laughs and heart-warming discussions.