JOBY SHIMOMURA
New Post: Senior Advisor to Jay Inslee, Governor-Elect, and as of January 16, state Governor
Past Position(s): Inslee’s former campaign manager
She Says: “Having worked with Governor-Elect Inslee as a Congressman and as a candidate, I know how passionate he is about Washington and how committed he is to moving the state forward. I’m very proud to be helping Governor-Elect Inslee implement his vision for Washington.” Others Say: “I am committed to fundamental change in the way state government operates, sustained economic growth in Washington, and meaningful improvement in education,” said Governor-Elect Inslee. “We have a lot to get done, and I believe … Joby will help drive my agenda and move our state forward.”

 

 

Al SUGIYAMA
New Post: Executive Director of Executive Development Institute (EDI)
Past Position(s): Sugiyama is the former executive director and founder of the Center for Career Alternatives (CCA), a nationally and locally award-winning agency providing education and employment services. He Says: “Leaders aren’t born, they are developed and EDI is the perfect agency to do that. It’s like a dream come true to be able to help develop our community’s future leaders.” Others Say: “Alan’s community connections combined with his experience and passion for developing diverse global leaders make him ideal for this position,” said Wallace Greene, Board President of EDI.  “We are excited to welcome him to EDI and know he will hit the ground running.”

 

 

HEIDI PARK
New Post: Board President of Japanese Americn Citizens League (JACL) – Seattle Chapter
Past Position(s): Former community liaison for Congressman Jim McDermott
She Says: I feel very honored and grateful for being elected board president of Seattle JACL.  This chapter, in particular, has an impressive history, board, and members.  As a Korean American adoptee, I have always looked for a place where I would feel welcomed and a placewhere I could share my passion for civil rights. … I’m looking forward to to deepening my (JACL) relationship and friendships. Others Say: Because she is such an outstanding activist with a passion for civil rights, “Heidi is the perfect person to lead our board,” says her predecessor and immediate JACL past president Bill Tashima. She is our first elected president that is not Japanese.”

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