The JACL National Board released the following statement on Thursday, following the recent resignation of Priscilla Ouchida as executive director.
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) announces the appointment of Bill Yoshino as interim executive director as well as the appointment of Stephanie Nitahara as interim associate director, effective as of Thursday, June 23, 2016. We are grateful for their commitment to JACL and willingness to step up during this transition period.
With almost 40 years of experience as staff for JACL, Bill Yoshino, who currently serves as the Midwest regional director, has the institutional knowledge and leadership ability to steward the organization as we work towards selecting a permanent executive director. His understanding of our membership as well as his experience working on anti-hate and education initiatives will be critical in maintaining the stability of JACL’s programs.
Stephanie Nitahara has demonstrated exceptional leadership in her time with the organization, serving as the Midwest district governor prior to her being hired as the Pacific Southwest regional director. Her experience working with both districts, planning conventions, and engaging with youth are a great asset.
We thank Bill and Stephanie for taking on additional responsibilities so that we can be assured of a smooth transition, and will continue to provide updates on our organization as they are available.