Donna Graves has nearly twenty years experience developing public history projects throughout California that document and interpret our state’s diverse history. Most recently, she served as Project Director for the City of Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter Memorial, and worked with the City and National Park Service to initiate, plan and implement the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, which includes an interpretive exhibit about the experience of local Japanese Americans and Italian Americans. READ MORE.
Jill Shiraki has been working with the non-profit community over the past 15 years in the areas of cultural and arts program development, community outreach/organizing, and project management. Most recently, she served as Project Director for the California Nisei High School Diploma Project, providing statewide educational and community outreach on Assembly Bill 781. READ MORE.
PROJECT DIRECTOR (May 2005 - January 2007)
Gail Dubrow is Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost at the University of Minnesota. For the past two decades, Dubrow has led numerous projects documenting historic sites and buildings for the National Park Service as well as state and local government. READ MORE.
Expert Advisory Committee
PHOTO ABOVE: Berkeley's Nisei Babes basketball team, 1938, Private Collection
California Japanese American Community Leadership Council (CJACLC)is the leading state organization helping to preserve and bring new recognition to the three remaining historic Japantowns in California, located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose. CJACLC was established in 1998 through a grant from the Sumitomo Global Foundation to organize and coordinate statewide issues concerning the Japanese American community. CJACLC is the sponsoring organizations for Preserving California Japantowns.
CJACLC Project Oversight Committee
comprised of CJACLC members and regional representatives, will provide support, direction, and serve as community advocates for Preserving California’s Japantowns.
CJACLC Council Members
Kaz Maniwa, Chair
Irene Hirano, Executive Director and President
Bill Watanabe, Corporate Secretary
Laura Takeuchi, Treasurer
Miyoko Miko Sawamura
Kristy Shimosaka/Amy Phillips