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J. D. Hokoyama to Receive JACL Presidential Award at 2015 National Convention

By June 10, 2015No Comments

By JACL National Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In recognition of his careerlong efforts to educate, empower and train leadership within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, JACL has announced J. D. Hokoyama as a recipient of the 2015 JACL Presidential Award.

For more than 30 years, Hokoyama served as a founding board member and president and CEO for Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), a national nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization founded in 1982 in Los Angeles to achieve full participation and equality for AAPIs through leadership, empowerment and policy.

Hokoyama also is a former Peace Corps volunteer, educator and longtime JACLer, serving as the associate/acting JACL National Director from 1978-81.

He will receive his award at the Sayonara Banquet in the Monte Carlo Hotel on July 15 at the 2015 JACL National Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.

For more information about the 2015 JACL National Convention, visit the convention website at JACL members who register before July 19 are eligible to save $50 by taking advantage of Early Bird registration.