Densho’s New Executive Director
Naomi Ostwald Kawamura is the incoming Executive Director of Densho. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Metal Design and holds a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently completing doctoral work in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, focusing on the intergenerational transfer of memory in the Japanese American and Japanese Canadian communities. She writes on the unique challenges and issues that community history organizations face with the passing of those who survived the forcible removal and incarceration of people of Japanese descent in Canada and the United States.
Prior to Densho, Naomi was the Executive Director of the Nikkei Place Foundation, a Japanese Canadian organization based in British Columbia, Canada. She has also held leadership positions at the San Diego History Center, the California Center for the Arts, and BAVC Media, among others. She is currently the Board President of the Museum Education Roundtable, a Washington DC based organization that publishes the Journal of Museum Education.
See www.Densho.org for details
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