Christina W. Kataoka
Christina Kataoka currently serves as manager of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center (APADRC), where she oversees the development, implementation, and outreach of the APADRC’s current and new programs including the APADRC’s Community Mediation Program, Restorative Justice and Peer Mediation Program, and Conflict Resolution Skills Training Program. Additionally, Ms. Kataoka also works as business consultant under Archer Communications, LLC, a company she founded in 2015.
Ms. Kataoka is a bilingual Mandarin-English mediator, trainer, and entrepreneur. Half Japanese and half Polish-American, Ms. Kataoka’s life-long dedication to ADR started when her mother moved the family to Southwestern China to develop China’s horticulture industry in 1995. With limited local support, her mother’s deficient cultural understanding and language skills caused Ms. Kataoka to take on the role of interpreter, negotiator, and cultural mediator for her mother’s business at an early age, resulting in her mother’s acceptance of the China Friendship Medal awarded by President Jiang Zemin in 1999.
Ms. Kataoka’s experience leading trade shows and training staff, guiding foreign experts on nation-wide tours, negotiating strategic business alliances, and later working in private equity, allowed her to identify the acute differences between China and the US and taught her the value of hard work and being a self-starter. Ms. Kataoka received her BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, her JD from University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, and her MDR from Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Ms. Kataoka believes that community peace building through ADR skills and services development is the key to bridging cultural gaps and evolving in the 21st century.