Meet JACL’s New Executive Director: David Inoue


It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the national executive director for the JACL. To represent the Washington, DC chapter which I have been a member of since moving here in 2001, is an even greater privilege. It is because of the rich history and dedication from the members of this chapter that I even considered the possibility of serving in this role.

Serving on the board for our chapter, in many ways has helped prepare me for this role. First, I know that I have the vast resources of this chapter to reach out to. Many of you have played a pivotal role in the chapter and the national organization.
JACL is not without its challenges. I hope that the successes of our local chapter can in some ways be transferred to the national level. Not all chapters have the advantages we do in Washington, DC such as a constant influx of new young and energetic youth as interns and fellows or a relatively high standard of living. But there are lessons to be learned from what we have done well as a chapter and I look forward to sharing those with others and bringing new ideas from around the country back home.
I have begun the process of learning about the many different JACL chapters. I certainly don’t want to exclude the DC chapter from that process. Although I am familiar with many of you, please do not hesitate to call or email me with a thought or suggestion. As I emphasized at the Sayonara Banquet in July, JACL is a membership organization and you are the membership. I look forward to working for and with all of you.