JACL elects first non-Nikkei president


WASHINGTON — The Japanese American Citizens League announced its national board for 2012 to 2014 in a statement issued July 17. The elections were held in early July during the 2012 JACL National Convention in Bellevue, Wash.

Rep. Mike Honda administered the oath of office to the new officers on July 7.

JACL’s national board is comprised of eight elected officers, seven district governors and two non-voting members that are appointed by the national president. District governors are selected by members in each geographic district to represent them on the national board. National officers are elected every two years by delegates representing each of the 109 chapters throughout the U.S. and in Japan.

“The new national board is comprised of a dynamic and diverse group of individuals representing a wide range of generations, ethnic backgrounds and areas of professional expertise,” Priscilla Ouchida, executive director of the JACL, said in a statement.

The 2012 national officers elected at the 2012 National Convention are:

President — David Lin
Vice President of General Operations — Elaine Akagi
Vice President of Public Affairs — Craig Tomiyoshi
Vice President of Planning and Development — Jason Chang
Vice President of Membership — John Moy
Secretary/Treasurer — Matthew Farrells
National Youth/Student Council — Jeff Moy
National Youth Student Council Representative — Mariko Newton
The national president appointed the two non-voting positions on the board:
Legal Council — Floyd Shimomura
Pacific Citizen Editorial Board Chair — Carol Kawamoto

Current district governors include:
Central California District Council — Marcia Chung
Eastern District Council — Toshi Abe
Intermountain District Council — Jeanette Misaka
Pacific Northwest District Council — Chip Larouche
Pacific Southwest District Council — Kenneth Inouye
Midwest District Council — Stephanie Nitahara
Northern California Western Nevada and Pacific District Council — David Unruhe.

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