With just under three months remaining in his second term as a commissioner, Stuart Ishimaru announced that he is resigning from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
An agency spokeswoman said Ishimaru has not revealed why he is leaving or his future plans.
A Democrat, Ishimaru has served as a commissioner since his appointment by President George W. Bush in 2003. His second term expires on July 1.
He was designated acting chair of the EEOC by President Barack Obama, serving from January 20, 2009 until April 7, 2010. Under his leadership, during fiscal year 2009, the EEOC recovered a total of $376 million in relief for victims of discrimination and published proposed regulations to implement the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.
EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien in a news release said Ishimaru's “accomplishments as a member of the commission and acting chairman have been exceptional. He has been a tremendous colleague, and we will miss his fervent commitment to civil rights law enforcement and myriad contributions to the work of the commission."
Prior to joining the EEOC, Ishimaru served as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. According to his EEOC biography, Ishimaru is married to Agnieszka Fryszman, a partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll.