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Scott Oki, Chairman of the JACC
Scott is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Oki Developments, Inc. and is a professed entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist and community activist. His personal mission statement is "to marry my passion for things entrepreneurial with things philanthropic in a way that encourages others to do the same." Prior to founding Oki Developments, Inc., Scott retired after 10 years with Microsoft Corporation where he served in a variety of executive positions. Scott serves on dozens of advisory boards and boards of directors for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has founded or co-founded more than a dozen not-for-profit organizations.

Brenda Handley, Vice-Chair of the JACC
Brenda L. Handley is a founding partner and CEO of Aboda, formerly Northwest Suites & Housing Services, the premier provider of interim corporate housing in the Puget Sound region. Brenda has applied her entrepreneurial spirit, passion for excellence, and strong work ethic not only to her company, but to the nonprofit sector as well. She serves on the board of directors for the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center, is board liaison for the Education Committee of the national Corporate Housing Providers Association, and is a director of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of Washington State. She was named a finalist in the 2002 Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year Competition in recognition of her extraordinary leadership in business and her contributions to the community.

Kumi Yamamoto Baruffi, Secretary of the JACC
Kumi Yamamoto Baruffi has been a member and the Secretary of the JACC Board since 2002. She is a shareholder in the Seattle law firm of Graham & Dunn, specializing in corporate transactions and financial institutions. Kumi was born in Hong Kong and raised in Tokyo, where she graduated from the International School of the Sacred Heart. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Wellesley College, and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Chris T. Amemiya, Ph.D.
Chris is a scientist and principal investigator for the Benaroya Research Institute. The Amemiya laboratory uses an interdisciplinary approach in order to better understand evolutionary and developmental aspects of the vertebrate adaptive immune system and the development of morphological structures. Chris is also a Full Member, Molecular Genetics, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason; Professor, Department of Biology (Affiliate Appointment), University of Washington; and a Full Member, Cell and Molecular Biology Program, University of Washington.

Bill Bryant
Bill is the CEO of Mobile Operandi, a wireless software company. Previously, Bill was a Partner with Atlas Venture (www.atlasventure.com), a large international venture capital firm with $2.5B under management, where he originated an investment in Isilon Systems (www.isilon.com). Prior to Atlas, Bill was a co-founder of Qpass (www.qpass.com), where he served as CEO and later Chairman. He co-founded Netbot, Inc (which built the first comparison shopping agent for the Internet, Jango), serving as its President. In the early 1990s, he was the founding Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Visio Corporation (now part of Microsoft Corporation). Bill was an early investor and Board member in seven companies that were acquired or went public, including Loudeye (NASDAQ: LOUD), AEI Music (DMX/Liberty Media), Viafone (Extended Systems), Teamplate (Captaris), Exstatic Software (Xchange Applications), Throw (Excite) and Singing Fish (Thomson). In addition, Bill consulted extensively to Microsoft Corporation, Real Networks, Getty Images, and Corbis. Earlier in his career, he held VP Marketing and GM roles for Micrografx, Software Publishing and Traveling Software.

Nancy Cho
Nancy Cho is currently the President of Oki Developments, Inc., following an initial two years serving as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Oki Developments, Inc. is an investment company with interests in real estate, golf course development and management, professional soccer, restaurants and early development stage high-tech companies. Prior to joining Oki Developments, Inc., Nancy’s experience includes seven-plus years at a Big Six public accounting firm as a Certified Public Accountant. Previously, she owned and operated a small business in Seattle. She has served on several local boards, including the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Childhaven, and Japan America Society, and is currently serving on the YMCA of Greater Seattle and as Treasurer of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Chris Helm
Chris Helm is a partner at the law firm of Davis, Wright and Tremaine, practicing general business law with a focus on Japan and Asia; business immigration law; intellectual property; international law and life sciences. Chris advises foreign companies and individuals on structuring investments in manufacturing and other business operations in the Pacific Northwest, as well as American companies and individuals entering the Asian markets. Chris has lived in Japan for over 24 years and speaks Japanese fluently.

Gary Ikeda
Gary Ikeda is the General Counsel for the Seattle Public Schools. Prior to the Seattle Public Schools, Gary was Vice President and General Counsel of The Hope Heart Institute. He also served as the Deputy Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General's Office and Vice President and General Counsel of the Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. Gary graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. He also serves on the boards of Meany Hall for the Performing Arts and the International District Parking and Transportation, and is a member of the Asian Bar Association.

Tom Ikeda
Tom Ikeda has served as Executive Director of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce of Washington State since 2003. Tom Ikeda is also the founding Executive Director of Densho, a project that teaches young people about democracy by sharing the stories of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II.

Prior to working at the JACC and Densho, he was a Product Group General Manager at Microsoft Corporation where he developed multimedia CD-ROM titles. Tom also worked as a research engineer developing hemodializers (artificial kidneys) with Cordis Dow Corporation and as a financial analyst at the Weyerhaeuser Company. Tom graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Chemical Engineering, BA in Chemistry and an MBA.

Chris Ishii
Chris Ishii is Senior Vice President and Resident Manager of the Seattle branch of Smith Barney.

Tetsuden Kashima
Tetsuden Kashima, born in Oakland, California, grew up in Topaz, Utah, and San Diego, Calif. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. In 1976 he came to the University of Washington to be the Director of Asian American Studies and is presently a Professor in the Department of American Ethnic Studies, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and a member of Canadian Studies Faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies. Dr. Kashima has given lectures or taught at numerous universities, nationally, and was an invited professor to universities in Kyoto and Yamaguchi, Japan. He has published works on a Japanese American religious institution [Buddhism in America: the Social Organization of an Ethnic Religious Institution (Greenwood Press, 1977)], the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans, and Japanese American attitudes and beliefs. His second book, Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment during World War II (University of Washington Press, 2003) examines the entire process of internment and incarceration faced by the persons of Japanese ancestry in the United States, its then Territories of Alaska and Hawaii and Latin American countries.

Norio Yamanouchi
Norio Yamanouchi has been working for the Japanese aircraft industry for almost 40 years. He joined Nihon Aeroplane Manufacturing Company (NAMCO) after his graduation from The University of Tokyo and worked for the YS-11 and the C-1 military cargo airplane development programs as a design engineer. He was also involved with the YS-11 flight test program as a project-engineering pilot. After managing the marketing organization for Japan Aircraft Development Corporation, he came to the United States in 1978 to support Boeing’s sales for the Japanese market as a part of Japan’s participation in the 767 program.

Norio was instrumental in Boeing’s sales campaign to Japan Airlines, which won the launching order of the 767-300 from the airline in 1983, and the 767-300 sales campaign to All Nippon Airways in1985. He also became responsible for business and program management of Japan’s joint efforts with Boeing for new airplane programs such as the 7J7 and 777. Norio played a major role in the business and program management for all the Boeing/Japan joint programs including the New Small Airplane study and the 747-X. He was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager – US Division of Civil Aircraft Engineering Service Company in 1997 and was responsible for the entire Japanese aircraft industry’s joint activity in Seattle area. Civil Aircraft Engineering Service Company is a subsidiary company of Japan Aircraft Development Corporation, responsible for performing aircraft engineering and other program works in Seattle associated with Japan’s joint efforts with Boeing. He retired from the company September, 2002 and started his own consulting business for aviation and international business development, Orion Network.
Norio Yamanouchi is a native of Japan and received his aeronautical engineering degree from the University of Tokyo.


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