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Michael J. Wong

1951 - 2018

Michael "Mike" Jerald Wong of San Francisco passed away on June 26, 2018 at the age of 67. He was a loving and devoted partner, father and grandfather, who was also a dedicated social justice activist and a good friend to many in the community.
Mike was born and raised in Seattle, WA. After graduating from the University of Washington with a major in Mathematics, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend Hastings Law School. He spent the rest of his life in the Bay Area.
From 1977 to 1988 Mike was a staff attorney/managing attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, a civil rights organization serving the Asian Pacific American community. His caseload focused on civil rights, criminal justice and employment. He was a member of the Coram Nobis Legal Team representing Fred Korematsu.
Later Mike served as an aide to Alameda County Supervisor Don Perata and then worked as the Affirmative Action Officer with the San Francisco Housing Authority.
From the mid-80s through the 90s, Mike was involved in anti-hate violence efforts, including co-authoring a hate violence prevention plan for Alameda County that became a model statewide. He helped to develop hate crime reporting systems and educational materials and provided training on hate violence prevention in the Bay Area and statewide.
In 1996 Mike shifted to organizational-development consulting focusing on strategic planning, facilitation and process work, and management and board development. He was a Master Facilitator. For over 20 years, he worked almost exclusively with nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the areas of civil rights, violence prevention, community health, children and families, and social justice.
Mike was a Renaissance man, knowledgeable about politics, literature, art, philosophy, sports, technology, trivia, and cooking. And yet, if he did not know something, he was humble enough to ask questions. He was ever the political junkie. He campaigned for Obama in Cleveland in 2008 and 2012.
Mike loved watching TV, golfing, and playing his guitar in a garage band. He also had a very special place in his heart for his grandchildren. He loved a good dim sum meal with his grandsons, Zack and Noah, and he adored smearing pastels for art projects with his granddaughter, Lana.
Mike leaves behind two sons, Dennis and Gary; daughters-in-law, An and Sara; three grandchildren, Lana, Noah, and Zachary; and the love of his life, Sue.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 at 2pm at Lake Park United Methodist Church: 281 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a social justice organization.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on July 15, 2018
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