Shiro Floyd Mori was born in Murray, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City. His parents were immigrants to the United States from Kagoshima, Japan. He is the seventh of eight children. The family moved to Sandy, Utah, where they farmed for many years. After graduation from Jordan High School, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and spent six months on active duty at Fort Ord, California.
Mori attended the University of Southern California and later graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) from which he received a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree majoring in Economics, Asian Studies, and Political Science. He attended fellowship programs at Stanford University and UCLA. He served a two year mission to Hawaii for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) in between college studies.
After graduation from BYU, he began teaching Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, and taught for ten years. He was on the Faculty Senate, was a member of the credit committee for the college credit union, and was advisor of student clubs. He also taught religious education.
Mori ran for the City Council of Pleasanton, California, in 1972 and won election. He served as Mayor Pro Tem and later became Mayor of Pleasanton. He was elected to the California State Assembly in March 1975 and served for six years in that capacity as one of the first two Japanese Americans to serve in the Assembly. Mori authored legislation on tax reform, the unitary tax, groundbreaking spousal rape law, equality in women’s college athletics, the creation of the California State Office of International Trade, and chaired the Oversight Committee to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. He was instrumental in creating a Japanese Businessman Advisory Council to the Governor of California.
He served as Director of the Office of International Trade in California and worked extensively with Japanese companies both in the United States and Japan as well as with various Asian American groups and organizations. He has been an International business consultant and president of Mori-Silva International for many years. Mori has been a consultant in government relations and served as the Utah Trade Representative to Japan. He has been part owner of a golf business and is an avid golfer, having served as president of the board of Alpine Country Club in Utah. He has been active in community, political, civic, and church organizations. He served on the Utah Governor’s Asian Advisory Board and Small Business Administration Advisory Committee as well as several municipal and regional boards. He has volunteered with youth sports, inner city projects, and church work.
Mori has served for the past six years as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Mori served previously as Director of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. for the JACL. He served four years as National President of the JACL and four years as a National Vice President. He has been a JACL chapter president and served on a chapter board for decades. He served on the board of the National JACL Credit Union and as a governing board member of the National Japanese American Museum. He organized and established the first Nihon Matsuri (Japan Festival) in Salt Lake City, Utah, and started the National JACL Gala in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) and was on the steering committee as well as dinner chairman for the Congressional Gold Medal Events in 2011 to honor Japanese American veterans of World War II. He has been chairman of many events and continues to be a volunteer in several capacities.
He and his wife Irene have five children and eleven grandchildren.