Beth Fukumoto

Beth Fukumoto

Roy and Lila Ash Fellow
MC/MPA 2020
Beth Fukumoto

First elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012, Beth Fukumoto was the youngest woman in the United States to hold a legislative caucus leader position. In 2017, Beth was stripped of her leadership title in response to her criticism of President Trump at the Hawaii Women’s March.

Named one of Washington Post "The Fix's 40 under 40" rising political stars and Business Insider’s “8 of the most influential millennial women in US politics, Beth’s story gained broad national attention. She made appearances on Chelsea, The Jim Jefferies Show, and Liz Plank’s Divided States of Women. She was featured in publications such as Elle, Slate, Wall Street Journal and Teen Vogue. A short documentary on Beth’s decision to leave the Republican party, produced by The Outline, was recently nominated for an Ellie Award by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Beth also received a James Madison Fellowship from the Millennial Action Project in recognition of her demonstrated success in transcending partisan lines. She is a member of the Aspen Institute's Rodel Fellowship, which includes Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Julian Castro.

Today, Beth is pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the Harvard Kennedy School as a fellow of the Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation as well as the Center for Public Leadership. She is dedicated to building a more inclusive government, using technology to improve civics education and facilitating productive dialog between people and organizations that hold oppositional perspectives.


This information is accurate for the time period that this person is affiliated with the Ash Center.