Kyle Ko Francisco Shinseki, SJ-Coordinator for Asian/Pacific Islander Initiatives
**Joining OMA in August of 2013**
Kyle was born in Honolulu and raised on the island of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i. He received a Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and later earned a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California Los Angeles. He then worked for six years at the National Council of La Raza, where he served as Development Director. He went on to complete a Master’s in Business Administration at Northwestern University, which led to his work at Procter & Gamble as Assistant Brand Manager in both the Multicultural Business Development Organization and Beauty Care Global Business Unit.
From his youth on Kaua‘i, Kyle has been active in multicultural organizations, including Students for Racial Understanding and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Commission in high school, La Uniٕón Chicana por Aztlán and Hui o Hawai‘i at MIT as an undergraduate student, Kaua‘i Society of Latinos and Agrupación Católica Universitaria as a young adult, and Planners of Color for Social Equity and Hispanic Business Student Association as a graduate student. As a Jesuit, he founded the Spanglish Christian Life Community at Loyola University Chicago to provide the opportunity for bilingual, bicultural students to grow in their faith.
In 2009, Kyle began his formation for the priesthood in the Society of Jesus. As a Jesuit, this formation has included work at predominantly Latino and Asian Catholic parishes, serving as chaplain for multicultural populations in a nursing home and jail, teaching at a Fe y Alegría school in Peru and at Creighton Prep in Omaha, providing spiritual direction in English and Spanish, and helping to lead immersion trips to Mexico and Ecuador. He joins the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Creighton University as part of his Regency, a period of Jesuit formation that gives him the opportunity to serve full-time at a Jesuit institution.