Beth Takekawa | 2016
Beth Takekawa recently retired from serving as the Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), a community-based cultural anchor in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. The Wing is the nation’s only pan-Asian Pacific American museum, the first Smithsonian Institution affiliate in the Northwest, and a newly-designated Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Beth became the Museum’s Associate Director in 1997 and Executive Director in 2008. She has over 30 years of experience in community economic development, working in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Beth has served on the boards of the Downtown Seattle Association and International District Emergency Center, as a member of the Community Development Round Table and US-Japan Council.