Irene Hirano Inouye

Irene Hirano Inouye

: President, U.S. – Japan Council

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Irene Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council, appointed in April 2009. In addition, Irene is a member of The Washington Center’s Board of Directors.  She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. After 20 years, she stepped down from her CEO position in spring 2008 with her marriage to U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. A recipient of a B.A. and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Ms. Hirano Inouye has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration, community education, and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide.  Her professional and community activities include serving as the Chair of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees; trustee and immediate past chair of the Kresge Foundation; trustee of the Independent Sector; National Trust for Historic Preservation; The Washington Center, and the National Children’s Museum.  She is a past Chair of the American Association of Museums and former member of the Business Advisory Board of Sodexho Corporation and the Toyota Diversity Advisory Board.  Ms. Hirano Inouye has led the ten Japanese American Leadership Delegations to Japan and served as co-chair of the Annual Consuls General and Japanese American Leaders Meeting since its inception.

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