In August 2023, Garrett M. Kitamura was elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Idaho Public Television, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a fundraising organization to support Idaho Public Television in fulfilment of its mission: “We harness the power of public media to encourage lifelong learning, connect our communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans. We tell Idaho’s stories.”
Kitamura has a long history of pro bono, academic and nonprofit organization support. While in law school at the University of Virginia, he participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic, arguing on behalf of juvenile clients in review hearings before the state circuit courts of Virginia and as president of Street Law, a program in which law students facilitate legal workshops for local high school students. Between his semesters in law school, Kitamura performed pro bono services for Immigrant Justice Idaho. Prior to law school, he served as a state officer for the Oregon Future Farmers of America.
“I firmly believe that those in specialized professions, such as attorneys, have a duty to contribute their knowledge and skills to serving the community. This includes active participation with nonprofit boards and associations. My involvement with Idaho PTV stems from my love of PBS and my belief that public television is a national treasure. Public television provides our communities with unparalleled access to free, high-quality entertainment, news and educational resources,” Kitamura says.
Currently a litigation and employment attorney in Parsons Behle & Latimer Boise office, Kitamura focuses his practice on representation of industry leaders in the corporate and agricultural sectors. He is licensed to practice in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Kitamura also serves as a board member for the Foundation for Idaho History and as vice president of the Nampa Future Farmers of America Alumni chapter. To visit his practice page, click here.