2008 National Conference » Speakers

Tom Ikeda

Executive Director, Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Tom Ikeda is the founding Executive Director of Densho, a project that teaches young people about democracy by sharing the stories of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II. He is a sansei (third generation Japanese American) who was born and raised in Seattle. Prior to working at Densho, Ikeda was a General Manager at Microsoft Corporation where he developed multimedia CDs. Ikeda also worked as a research engineer developing hemodializers (artificial kidneys) with Cordis Dow Corporation and as a planning manager at the Weyerhaeuser Company. Ikeda graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, a B.A. in Chemistry and an M.B.A.Awards include being the 2004 recipient of the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, a 2004 recipient of the JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award, and a 2006 recipient of the Commanders Award from the Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee. Densho awards include the 2005 NPower Innovation Award for innovative technology by a non-profit, and a 2007 ABC-CLIO Online History award from the American Library Association.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

Collecting, Preserving, and Sharing the Stories of Colorado’s Japanese Americans
Tom Ikeda, Executive Director, Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Capitol 1, 4th Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward