2008 National Conference » Speakers

Norman Mineta

Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Mr. Mineta has a public service record that spans 30 years, having including a 21-year career with the U.S. House of Representatives before joining Lockheed Martin IMS in 1995. President Clinton appointed him to his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce, making him the first Asian American Cabinet member. He was appointment by President George Bush as Secretary of Transportation at the start of the President’s term and was reappointed to serve a second term. Earlier in his political career, Mr. Mineta served as a member of San Jose’s Human Relations Commission, city council, vice mayor, and mayor. He was the first Japanese American to be elected mayor of a major U.S. city. A highlight of his political career was the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which redressed the injustices endured by Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II. He has served on numerous Boards throughout his career.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Banquet Dinner with Keynote Speakers - U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta
Adele Arakawa, Anchor, 9News
Denver Taiko
Ernie Doizaki, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Japanese American National Museum
Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senator, State of Hawai'i
Akemi Kikumura Yano, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum
Norman Mineta, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Centennial Ballroom, 3rd Floor
Topic: General Activity