Institute for Corean-American Studies

S. Floyd Mori

Director of Public Policy
National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

S. Floyd Mori was born in Murray, Utah. His parents were immigrants to the United States from Kagoshima, Japan. Floyd is the seventh of eight children. The family later moved to Sandy, Utah, where they farmed. After graduation from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah, he spent six months with the United States Army at Fort Ord, California, and was later in the Army Reserves.

Floyd attended the University of Southern California and Santa Monica City College in the Los Angeles area and later attended Brigham Young University from which he received a Bachelors (1964) and a Masters degree (1965) majoring in Economics, Asian Studies, and Political Science. Floyd attended fellowship programs at Stanford University and UCLA. He served a two year mission to Hawaii (1959-61) for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in between college studies.

Floyd taught economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years. He was on the Faculty Senate, was a member of the credit committee for the college credit union, and was advisor of student clubs. During that time Floyd became involved in politics and was elected City Councilman (1972) and Mayor of the City of Pleasanton, California, in the Bay Area.

Floyd was elected to the California State Assembly in March, 1975, and served for six years in that capacity. During his legislative career, he authored legislation on tax reform, the unitary tax, ground breaking spousal rape law, equality in women's college athletics, the creation of the Office of International Trade, and chaired the Oversight Committee to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Floyd was instrumental in the creation of a Japanese Businessman Advisory Council to the Governor of California. He served one year as Director of the Office of International Trade in California. Floyd worked closely with the Japanese government in monitoring the med-fly problem in California and participated in several US-Japan business associations.

Floyd is currently the Director of Public Policy, in Washington DC for the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization. He has been an International business consultant and president of Mori-Silva International for fifteen years. The company works primarily with American companies doing business in Japan. Floyd has been a consultant in government relations and served as the Utah Trade Representative to Japan. He is part owner of a golf business and is an avid golfer. Floyd has been active in community, political, civic, and church organizations. He served on the Utah Governor's Asian Advisory Board and Small Business Administration Advisory Committee as well as several municipal and regional boards.

Floyd served four years as National President of the JACL and also previously had served four years as a National Vice President. He served on the chapter board of Mount Olympus JACL chapter for over twenty years. Floyd served as president of the board of Alpine Country Club and is on the National JACL Credit Union board.

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