Carolyn Classen

Carolyn Sugiyama Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen

Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while.  In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director  of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission.  In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper,  then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years.  Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about  community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site  on January 31, 2014.  She started with Blog for Arizona  on Feb. 11, 2014.

Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter.

She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

Read blog posts by Carolyn Classen here.