Introducing AAWAA’s New Executive Director
by: Melanie Rose
It is with great pleasure that we announce the newest addition to AAWAA as Executive Director, Susie Kagami. The staff have been working very closely with her as a development coordinator for Shifting Movements since March. With her already many contributions to our efforts, we are very excited to see Susie flourish with us and the kind of future she will create and build for AAWAA’s community!
Susie Kagami comes to AAWAA with a fresh perspective, a mind for strategic and organizational planning, and great enthusiasm for AAWAA. Her deep appreciation for her Japanese, Hawaiian and Chinese heritage keeps her connected to her ancestral roots and traditional arts, and she looks forward to building community and outreaching to her network of supporters to help AAWAA grow.
With her 25-year career as an entrepreneur, corporate manager and small business owner in management, music/event production, and retail sectors, she has honed her skills in discovering possibilities, organizing priorities, budgeting, fundraising, branding and marketing, bringing creative projects to life. Her recent work includes the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, and co-chairing the non-profit parent organization of the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program at Rosa Parks Elementary School where Susie found a passion for helping small non-profit organizations grow community, recognition and funding.
Please join us in welcoming Susie to the AAWAA family as we embark on a new chapter for our organization!