Our Advisory Council provides guidance to the Foundation and is comprised of experts in a wide range of areas, including education, science, communications, marketing, and public service.
Best known among our distinguished advisors are two men who have dedicated their lives to public service and whose names are associated with Wyoming leadership and Japanese American history. They are Alan K. Simpson and Norman Y. Mineta. The two met during World War II as Boy Scouts from opposite sides of the barbed wire fence surrounding Heart Mountain.
Their friendship defied wartime uncertainty and has lasted for more than 65 years. Coincidentally, both entered public service and found themselves serving in Congress at the same time–Simpson as the U.S. Senator representing Wyoming (1979-97)and Mineta as a Congressman from California. (1975-95). Mineta was subsequently appointed U.S. Secretary of Commerce by President Bill Clinton and then became U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
NORMAN Y. MINETA – Washington, D.C.
ALAN K. SIMPSON (retired) – Cody, WY
NANCY K. ARAKI – Los Angeles, CA
WILLIAM I. HIGUCHI – Salt Lake City, UT
JON HOSHIZAKI – Cupertino, CA
ALAN KUMAMOTO – Los Angeles, CA
AMY MASS – El Cerrito, CA
JIM McELWAIN – Los Angeles, CA
JEANETTE MITARAI MISAKA – Salt Lake City, UT
BEN MURPHY – Tarzana, CA
JAMES MURPHY – Gilbert, AZ
ALLYSON NAKAMOTO – Honolulu, HI
NAOMI OSHITA – Hacienda Heights, CA
BACON SAKATANI – West Covina, CA
CAROLYN TAKESHITA – Denver, CO
JUDGE RAYMOND S. UNO (retired) – Salt Lake City, UT
BARBARA URIU – Verdi, NV
HANAKO WAKATSUKI – Twin Falls, ID