JANM announces interim president and CEO


LOS ANGELES — Norman Y. Mineta, chair of the Japanese American National Museum board of trustees, announced June 8 that Ann Burroughs has been named interim president and CEO of the museum, effective immediately.

JANM announced in a statement May 20 that its president and CEO Greg Kimura had resigned.

Burroughs has more than “25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management, resource development, strategic planning, and strategic communications. She has worked at the executive director level, as an interim director, as a member of senior management teams, as a nonprofit consultant, and as an executive coach. She has deep experience working with organizations in transition, and with diverse communities in the U.S. as well as multiple countries abroad. Burroughs is currently the chair of the board of directors of Amnesty International USA, and has served on several other boards,” the statement said.

As a “young activist in her native South Africa, she was imprisoned as a result of her anti-apartheid activism and Amnesty International helped to secure her release,” the statement said.

Burroughs has since served as senior consultant at Social Sector Partners, an organization that supports “social sector organizations through strategic adaptation and repositioning. She has previously served as executive director of the Taproot Foundation in Los Angeles and as the executive director of LA Works. She has also been a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation in its Communications for Social Change Initiative, to HandsOn Network in its corporate engagement program, and to the government of South Africa,” the statement said.

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