Irene Hirano Inouye serves on the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. Since 2009, she has been president of the US-Japan Council, 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 was president and CEO of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an affiliate of the museum. Prior to joining the museum in 1988, Hirano Inouye served as executive director of T.H.E. Clinic.
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 of the Independent Sector's Executive Committee. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resiliency Network (APDR3) of the University of Hawai'i Foundation.
Hirano Inouye received bachelor of science and master of public administration degrees from the University of Southern California.