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Peggy Saika was inducted into the Philanthropy Category in 2019.

My Story

Peggy Saika is the Interim CEO of Common Counsel, which focuses on community-oriented philanthropy by expanding resources for progressive social movements across the United States. To this work, she brings four decades of experience as a social justice leader who has worked to empower women, achieve environmental justice, fight hate crimes and support immigrant and worker rights. Her philanthropic leadership includes many years as Executive Director of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Her quest for social justice is influenced by her own experience being born in an Arizona internment camp where her family was among 120,000 Japanese Americans unjustly detained during World War II.