Meet Our Gala Host & Auctioneer: Harold S. Taniguchi & Ron Hippe

HOST • Harold S. Taniguchi

Harold S. Taniguchi: Harold supervised and managed various agencies in King County government. In 2002 he was appointed Director of the King County Department of Transportation. After over 35 years of public service, he retired in 2018. Harold is currently enjoying the transition to his next phase of life by doing what he can to improve the lives of others and exploring new opportunities.  He enjoys mentoring and coaching individuals in various stages of their professions, remains active in community affairs, and is pursuing his interests in voice acting and cabinetry.  He graduated from Pomona College and has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Washington. 



Ron HippeFor over 25 years Ron Hippe has been a Seattle actor, musician, improviser, emcee, and auctioneer.  He has acted on Broadway in NYC, appeared on television shows, played with several bands including the popular kids band Caspar Babypants, voiced countless video games and commercials, and improvised across the globe with members of Who's Line is it Anyway? He is proud to call Seattle home with his wife and two sons. 


Meet Our Gala Keynote Speaker: Toshiko Grace Hasegawa


KEYNOTE SPEAKER • Toshiko Grace Hasegawa

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa: 
Toshikowas appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as Executive Director of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs in October 2018. Previously, she served as the Communications Manager and King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.  Toshiko worked to inform and engage the public to improve systems of police accountability at the Sheriff’s Office. Toshiko has worked legislative government at the federal, state, and county levels where she collaboratively helped pass policies related to immigration, labor trafficking, police accountability and criminal justice reform.   Toshiko is a 4th-generation Seattleite. She graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree.Toshiko also served as President of Seattle Japanese American Citizens League.