Floyd Mori, national executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, announced on Feb. 17 that Craig Ishii, JACL’s Pacific Southwest regional director, will be leaving the organization as of April 30 of this year.
Ishii has decided that it is time for him to be “moving on.”
“We support his decision and know that he will become an asset to whatever kind of organization that will be fortunate enough to have him on board,” Mori said.
“Craig has been a bright light for the JACL. He has shown vision and commitment to the JACL and the Japanese American community. He has been a rare talent who has gained the respect of young and old alike. He is a 21st century pioneer in the mold and character of the founding fathers of the JACL.
“He has become a personal friend, and I will miss the interaction which we have enjoyed. However, I know he will stay connected to the JACL and the broader Asian American community. We will continue to see his good works.”
A 2007 graduate of UCLA, Ishii was active with the Nikkei Student Union, Kyodo Taiko and Asian Pacific Coalition.
The JACL will immediately begin the search for a new regional director for the PSW district, which has its office in Little Tokyo.