Seattle, Washington 98118
United States Department of Justice,
Community Relations Service
*** *econd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174
Conciliation Specialist (April 2011 to December, 2015, retired)
Worked effectively within a multi-state region to provide technical assistance, support and training for affected groups in conflict to eliminate and prevent violence, escalation of violence and further conflict.
Responsible for conducting on-site analysis, assessments, and resolution of racial/ethnic tension, conflicts and violence and the impact of hate crimes and hate activity in a community environment, across jurisdictional boundaries covering cities, townships, municipalities, counties, tribal lands, school districts, colleges and universities.
Developed and recommended mechanisms for resolving issues and concerns to eliminate and prevent violence or the escalation of violence.
Responded to and worked utilizing highly developed skills in responding to and preventing hate crime activity against persons because of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and disability.
Utilized and maintained high level skills in mediation, conciliation, facilitation negotiation and cultural competence and delivering certified training programs.
Mediated and conciliated complaints from communities which have a high degree of mistrust or fear or lack knowledge about institutions, systems, processes and procedures because of limited language proficiency, cultural or past conflicts not addressed or resolved.
Highly skilled at conflict and crisis intervention approaches and techniques in highly tense situations where the potential for greater and escalating conflict and violence is present.
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, Washington 98007
Employee Relations Specialist (January, 2010-April, 2011)
Responsible for engaging in employee relations activities at Bellevue College. Intervene and resolve disputes between employee to employee and between employees and their supervisors.
Ensure compliance with Federal, State laws and regulations and Bellevue College policies and procedures prohibiting employment discrimination and unfair treatment based upon race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, economic status or the presence of a disability or because of Veteran’s status. Enforce Bellevue College’s policies and procedures regarding employee conflicts and disputes and their resolution as well as formal and informal complaint processing.
Work in close cooperation with representatives from various labor organizations to ensure adherence and compliance with all the provisions of all collective bargaining agreements and labor contracts operating at Bellevue College. Perform all the essential labor relations activities required and in conjunction with all labor agreements in force and in effect at Bellevue College. Respond to and prepare written responses to Step One and Step Two grievances on behalf of the College.
Consult with all levels of Bellevue College staff regarding the obligations of the College under various labor contracts.
Work effectively with all organizational levels within Bellevue College including administration, faculty and classified staff to carry out the mission and objectives of Bellevue College and to ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, policies and procedures and to promote fairness, equity, diversity, pluralism and inclusion.
Administer Bellevue College’s policies and procedures relative to dispute resolution and facilitate multiple approaches to conflict resolution of workplace conflicts including utilizing a formal “Mediation” process.
Designed, developed and delivered training in but not limited to Diversity, Cultural Competency, EEO Compliance, Conflict and Dispute Resolution as examples.
Work Experience (Continued)
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
2424 Piedmont Rd. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324 404-***-****
Manager, Equal Opportunity/Conflict Resolution (July, 2007-January, 2010)
401 South Jackson St.
Diversity Program Specialist (May, 2000 to July, 2007)
Seattle School District No.1
Director of Affirmative Action (March, 1988 to May, 2000)
Seattle Human Rights’ Department
Civil Rights’ Investigator and Contract Compliance Specialist (November, 1984 to March, 1988)
Washington State Human Rights Commission
Field Representative II, Affirmative Action Specialist (December, 1974 to December, 1983)
South Seattle Community College Sociology/Psychology Department
Subjects: EEO/AAP, Labor Relations/Employee Relations, Discrimination
University of Washington Law School
Shoreline Community College
Bellevue Community College
University of Washington Medical School
Volunteer Community-Based Activities
Washington State Civil Rights Coalition-Civil Rights and Advocacy
Organization of Chinese Americans- Civil Rights and Advocacy
Rainier Avenue Radio.World-Internet Broadcast Host-2017 to Present
Honors and Recognitions
Recognized by the Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington via Washington State Governor’s Proclamation designating “July 17, 2007 as John Yasutake Day in Washington State”.
Honored by the Martin Luther King County Council Proclamation designating “July 17, 2007 as John Yasutake Day in King County.
Recognized by a Seattle City Council Proclamation designating “July 17, 2007 as John Yasutake Day in the City of Seattle.
Received a “Letter of Recognition” for years of community service to Martin Luther King County from the Honorable Ron Sims, King County Executive.
Received a “Letter of Recognition” for years of community service to Seattle from the Honorable Greg Nickels, Mayor of the City of Seattle.
Nominee for the Medium Newspaper’s “Unsung Hero Award”.
Nominee for the “National Jefferson Award” for Community Service.
Honored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Seattle, Zeta Upsilon Chapter in recognition of years of service to the minority community and to the community at large.
Recipient Robert Stephens/B.U.I.L.D. “Community Service Award”
Registered Neutral and Certified Mediator, State of Georgia Supreme Court
Mediator, City of Seattle Citizen’s Dispute Resolution Panel
Registered Mediator, Dispute Resolution Center of King County
BA Degree, Sociology-University of Washington