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Irene Hirano Inouye


Irene Hirano Inouye, president of the U.S.-Japan Council, serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. She also serves as chair of the board's Executive and Nominating committees and as a member of the Management and Governance; Proxy; Investment; and Education, Creativity and Free Expression committees.

Hirano Inouye has served as the president of the U.S.-Japan Council since 2009, an organization dedicated to building people-to-people relationships between the two countries. She is the former president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum, in Los Angeles—a position she held for 20 years. She also served as president and CEO of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an affiliate of the National Museum. Prior to joining the Museum in 1988, Hirano Inouye served as executive director of T.H.E. Clinic, Inc.

Hirano Inouye has more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration, community education, and public affairs. Her current professional and community activities include serving as a trustee of the Kresge Foundation and The Washington Center, and as the officer at large to the Independent Sector's Executive Committee. Hirano Inouye is also a member of the advisory board of the APDR3 Asia-Pacific Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resiliency Network of the University of Hawaii Foundation.

Hirano Inouye received bachelor of science and master of public administration degrees from the University of Southern California.


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