Kathy Chow, director of the nonprofit Hands On Sacramento, was named the executive director of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).
Brien Chow won Position #1 for a district business person, property owner, or employee. Marvin Rosete won Position #2 for a resident, tenant, or community participant. Josh Osborne-Klein was re-elected in Position #4 for a resident, tenant, or community participant.
The Executive Development Institute (EDI) held a dinner honoring 35 graduates at the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue. Graduates represented emerging leaders and managers from leading Pacific Northwest companies.
At the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) conference in San Francisco, Fred Whang, an attorney who practices in the International District, was elected to the 24-member board of directors. Also elected at that time was Shauna Weatherby, Clover Park Technical College trustee, to the Diversity Committee.
Densho’s eighth annual Sushi & Sake Festival raised $85,000 through a beer garden opening, a silent auction, a super silent auction, and performances by local musicians. It was held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.
Diane Narasaki, executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), a nonprofit organization, received Seattle Magazine’s Sixth Annual Most Influential People of the Year award, for her vision and leadership in the successful execution of a $19 million capital campaign.
Local community leaders Sophia Aragon, Debadutta Dash, Jeannie Lee, Faaluaina (Lua) Pritchard, and Albert Shen were appointed (and reappointed, in Pritchard’s case) as commissioners to the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) by Gov. Chris Gregoire for three-year terms.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and his wife, Mona, were guests at the 32nd annual Kennedy Center Honors, which awards individuals for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts. Mona Locke wore a dress by local designer Luly Yang.
ORB Architects hired Yong Sun Lee as Designer and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lead. A graduate of the University of Washington’s master of Architecture program, Yong has eight years of architectural design experience.
Allen Chinn launched his book, “A Kung-Fu Master’s Journey,” at Jefferson Community Center’s gym in Seattle. Approximately 200 people came to the event.