Irene Hirano is President of the U.S.-Japan Council. Through her work at the Council, she also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo that invests in young Japanese and Americans while supporting the recovery of the Tohoku region. She is the former President and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for twenty years. Ms. Hirano has extensive experience in non-profit administration, community education and public affairs with culturally diverse communities nationwide. Ms. Hirano professional and community activities include serving as Chair and Trustee, Ford Foundation; Trustee and immediate past Chair, Kresge Foundation; Trustee, Washington Center; Member, National Board Smithsonian Institution and Trustee, Independent Sector. She lives in Rockville, MD.
NMAH Board Alumnus; President, U.S.-Japan Council