2008 National Conference » Speakers

Irene Hirano

Executive Advisor, Japanese American National Museum

Irene Hirano served as President & CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles for over twenty years. She concluded her tenure in early 2008 and will serve as Executive Advisor through June 2009. A recipient of bachelor's and master's degrees in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Ms. Hirano has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration, community education, and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano's professional and community activities include serving as, Board member and immediate past Chair of the American Association of Museums, Board member of the Ford Foundation, Board member and immediate past Chair of the Kresge Foundation, Member, National Board Smithsonian Institution, Board Member and past Chair LA Inc./Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Vice-Chair, and member of the Business Advisory Board of Sodexho Corporation. She previously served as a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities by Presidential appointment, member of the Toyota Corporation's Diversity Advisory Board, Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women, and Board member of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. She has also received numerous awards for her work in civic, cultural, and museum leadership.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Afternoon Plenary Session
Anan Ameri, Director, Arab American National Museum
Sybil Jordan Hampton, President Emeritus, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Irene Hirano, Executive Advisor, Japanese American National Museum
Mitchell Maki, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity