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Scot Nakagawa

Scot Nakagawa has been an activist and community advocate since 1979. Scot was the founding staff person of the Coalition for Human Dignity, an organization created in 1988 to respond to the racist murder of Ethiopian immigrant, Mulugeta Seraw, by neo-nazi skinheads in Portland, Oregon. Since then, he has advised numerous campaigns against right wing sponsored ballot initiatives, served as a member of the NW Advisory Board of the National Anti-Klan Network, Fight the Right Organizer and Field Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, and as a convenor of national gathering to address the rise of authoritarianism in 2011 and 2016. 

In addition to his work in advocacy organizations, Scot is a past Executive Director of the Seeding Justice Foundation of Oregon, and Program Director and Executive Director of Social Justice Fund, NW.

From 2011-2021, Scot was co-founder and Senior Partner of ChangeLab, a think/act lab created to build progressive leadership and expand the base for progressive ideas in the Asian American community. Currently, Scot is co-founder and director of the 22nd Century Initiative, a national strategy and action hub building grassroots power at the intersection of opposition to authoritarianism and expanding and powering the base for democratic governance in the U.S. 

Scot has served as a Fellow of the Open Society Foundations, and Senior Fellow on Nationalism, Authoritarianism, and Race for Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. His musings about authoritarianism and what to do about it are published on the Substack newsletter, The Anti-Authoritarian Playbook.