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The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta has had a career in public service that has been both distinguished and unique. For almost thirty years Secretary Mineta represented San Jose, California, first on the City Council, then as Mayor, and finally as a member of Congress. In 2000 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as United States Secretary of Commerce, becoming known for his work on technology issues, for achieving international cooperation and intergovernmental coordination on complex fisheries issues, and streamlining the patent and trademark process. He was appointed Secretary of Transportation by President George W. Bush, a position in which he served until 2006. Following the horrific terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Secretary Mineta guided the creation of the Transportation Security Administration—an agency with more than 65,000 employees—the largest mobilization of a new federal agency since World War II. He was also a vice president of Lockheed Martin, where he oversaw the first successful implementation of the EZ-Pass system in New York State. Currently, Secretary Mineta provides counsel and strategic advice to Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ clients on a wide range of business and political issues.

The transcript from Secretary Mineta's conference keynote presentation is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Dinner Banquet with Keynote Address [VIDEO]
Irene Hirano Inouye, President, U.S.-Japan Council
G.W. Kimura, Ph.D. (Cantab.), President & Chief Executive Officer, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell T. Maki, Ph.D., Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, California State University, Dominguez Hills
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Gordon T. Yamate, Esq., Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum


Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Grand Ballroom
Topic: General Activity