Ms. Mori retired December 2009 as the Development Director for Kimochi, Inc. She is the co-founder of the organization which was started in 1971. Kimochi, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization serving the Japanese American and Japanese-speaking elderly in Northern California and seniors in the Western Addition/Richmond/Sunset districts of San Francisco. She is also a founding member of the National Pacific/Asian Resource Center in Aging, which is based in Seattle, Washington.
Ms. Mori served for 14 years as Executive Secretary to the San Francisco Health Commission, which is a seven-member governing body, appointed by the Mayor to oversee the Department of Public Health and make health policies for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to working for the City, she held positions as a therapeutic and administrative dietician in local hospitals. Additionally, she served as the Project Coordinator in developing Kimochi Home, a residential/respite care/social day care facility in San Francisco’s Japantown.
In her civic responsibilities, Ms. Mori was appointed by the late Mayor George Moscone to the Commission on the Status of Women, serving from 1976 to 1980. In 1979, she was President of the Commission and was the first Asian American woman to chair a City Commission. Ms. Mori’s current board memberships include the Mayor’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Dignity Fund Coalition, Mayor’s appointee to the Oversight/Advisory Committee to the Dignity Fund, and the Metta Fund. Ms. Mori is also the President of the Japantown Task Force Board of Directors, whose mission is to preserve SF’s Japantown, one of the 3 remaining Japantowns in the U.S.