Tomoko Ha is currently the Principal/Founder of TKO Consulting where she helps professionals and organizations succeed. She has over twenty years of experience serving the community with fifteen years in educational settings. Tomoko’s career highlights include managing large and complex departments as an administrator in higher education.
Tomoko has served the East Bay for the past ten years through educating and supporting first generation college students. She served as the Interim Director of the Asian and Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program supporting Asian and Pacific Islander students with academic success. She also served as Director of Student Activities and Campus Life overseeing the student center, student government, student clubs, and supporting campus safety at Laney College in Oakland, California.
Earlier in her career, Tomoko ran youth programs empowering emerging leaders to transform themselves and their communities. In her capacity as an expert working with youth over the years, she served on state and national initiatives which include the Alameda County Teen Dating Violence Task Force and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation promoting healthy relationships to prevent dating and domestic violence in the community by working with local leaders to develop safety policies and procedures in the K-12 system.
Tomoko currently serves on the board of directors for the Diablo Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American civil rights group. She is also an active member of OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (East Bay Chapter) where she serves as a mentor for OCA National’s Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP). Tomoko also serves in the local community as a board member for Castro Valley Matters and as an ambassador for the Castro Valley Eden Area Chamber of Commerce.
Since 2007, Tomoko has been a member of the conference planning committee for Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) serving as Co-Chair from 2015-2017. She is the recipient of the 2017 Spirit of APAHE award for her leadership and commitment to bringing educators, students, and administrators from across the nation together to promote diversity in higher education. She is also an alumna of the Leadership Development for Professionals in Higher Education (LDPHE) of Leadership Education of Asian Professionals (LEAP). Tomoko continuously mentors and coaches professionals who are new to the workforce or who are preparing themselves to be promoted into a managerial position, as well as new managers within the first year of their current role.
Tomoko holds a B.A. in History and International Relations from California State University, Chico. She also holds an MBA with specialization in Strategic Management from John F. Kennedy University. Tomoko is also a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alumni from 2004-2006 with her service promoting K-5 literacy programs in Wenatchee, Washington.