2008 National Conference » Speakers

Diane Matsuda

Executive Officer, California Historical & Preservation Endowment

Diane Matsuda is the Executive Officer of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), a new state agency created in 2002 to provide competitive grants to preserve and promote cultural and historical resources in the State of California. Since its inception, over 150 grants have been awarded to diverse projects such as the restoration of historic structures as well as the creation of new cultural and arts centers. Specific projects funded by CCHE involving the Japanese American community in particular are the Japanese American Museum of San Jose (creation of a new museum); the Go For Broke Educational Foundation (creation of an educational center); Nihonmachi Little Friends (restoration of their Julia Morgan Building); and the Castroville Japanese Language Schoolhouse (restoration of the former schoolhouse into a community center). Prior to her appointment to CCHE, Matsuda served as the Program Director of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP). CCLPEP was created by legislation sponsored by then Assemblymember (now Congressman) Mike Honda in 1999 to provide funding to individuals and nonprofit organizations that are interested in creating projects about the Japanese American experience during World War II. Matsuda has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Government from the University of San Francisco and a Juris Doctorate from the UC Hastings College of the Law.

Speaker Events

Friday, July 4

All Camps / World War II Japanese American Historic Sites Meeting
Amy Cole, Sr. Program Officer & Regional Attorney, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mountains/Plains Office
Diane Matsuda, Executive Officer, California Historical & Preservation Endowment
Kara Miyagishima, Historian - Intermountain Region, National Park Service
Gerald Yamada, Partner, O'Connor & Hannan. LLP
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Capitol 4, 4th Floor
Topic: Passing It Forward