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Craig Ishii

Executive Director, Kizuna

Craig Ishii is currently the Executive Director of Kizuna, whose mission is to build a critical mass of the next generation of community leaders. Working together with its board and staff, Kizuna has built a pipeline of programming, offering unique cultural, leadership, and community service programs for youth from elementary school through young adulthood. Kizuna currently works with more than 300 students per year. Prior to working at Kizuna, Mr. Ishii was the former Regional Director for the Pacific Southwest District Council of JACL from 2007 to 2011. As the youngest director to serve with the organization, he focused on building leadership and politicization amongst Japanese Americans.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Your Story Matters
Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna


Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Location: Metropolitan B
Topic: Youth-Friendly

Taiko: The Powerful Expression of Nikkei Identity [AUDIO]
Michelle Fujii, Artistic Director, Portland Taiko
Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna
Stanley N. Shikuma, Tule Lake Committee
Rick Shiomi, Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts


Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Location: Cedar A & B
Topic: Speaking Up

Closing General Session
Sybil Jordan Hampton, Ed.D., Retired President, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
Masako Iino, Past President and Professor, Tsuda College
Craig Ishii, Executive Director, Kizuna
Lane Maki, Student
Greg Robinson, Ph.D., Professor of History, Université du Québec À Montréal


Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Topic: General Activity