Shin Inouye

Executive Vice President of Communications

Shin Inouye is the Executive Vice President of Communications at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. In that capacity, he is responsible for directing, managing, and implementing the organizations’ communications strategy, including media relations, creative, and digital operations. He serves as point on the development of institutional communications campaigns, including large scale coalition-wide public advocacy campaigns. He previously served as the Managing Director of Communications, and before that, as the Director of Communications and Rapid Response. The Leadership Conference is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition, and The Education Fund is the research and education arm of the coalition.

Prior to The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund, Inouye served for eight years as an appointee in the administration of President Barack Obama. From October 2014 to January 2017, he was the Press Secretary and Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. At USCIS, Inouye advised the Director and Chief of Staff on issues relating to intergovernmental and external affairs; coordinating internally and externally with stakeholders and organizations.

From February 2009 to October 2014, Inouye was the Director of Specialty Media in the White House Office of Communications. In that capacity, he served as the communications officer for a variety of specialty media outlets, including: LGBTQ, AAPI, Native Americans, Veterans and Military Families, Youth/College, Faith, Rural and Ethnic. As an official spokesperson for the White House, Inouye handled incoming media inquiries regarding those groups and targeted outreach to specialty media.

Prior to his position in the White House, Inouye was a spokesperson for the Obama-Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee. Before that, he was the Constituency Communications Coordinator at the Obama for America campaign. Prior to the Obama campaign, Inouye was the Communications Director for Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-8). Before his experience on the Hill, Inouye was the Senior Legislative Communications Associate at the Washington Legislative Office of the American Civil Liberties Union.

He graduated with departmental honors from the Johns Hopkins University, with a degree in political science.

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