Reiko Callner is a local attorney and human rights activist. She is the current Olympia Chapter President of the Japanese American Citizens’ League. She is the former Chair of the State Human Rights Commission.
In her day job, she is employed as the Executive Director for the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct, though she is not here in that capacity today. She worked in Thurston County as a prosecutor for ten years and has represented Child Protective Services here. Her emphasis in prosecution was on domestic violence issues, diversity and hate crimes. She wrote the hate crimes ordinance for the City of Olympia, and has prepared and presented a domestic violence program for Dept. of Ecology, workplace violence programs for state and local agencies, and diversity programs for law enforcement agencies.
She was an active member of Hands Off Washington!, a GLBT rights organization in the 1990s. She is one of the founding members of Unity in the Community, an anti-hate crime organization, volunteers with a variety of civil rights organizations, and performs with a Polynesian dance group.
She was the recipient of the YWCA’s Woman of Achievement Award for Social Justice in 2000 and the Capital City Pride Day Award in 2005.