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SF JACL Chapter Announces New Intern and Officers

By May 21, 2021June 24th, 2021No Comments

Megumi Matsuno will be supporting the chapter’s social media outreach.

Megumi Matsuno, a senior at Washington High School in San Francisco, has been appointed chapter intern of the JACL’s San Francisco chapter. Among her duties, Matsuno will be responsible for supporting the chapter’s social media outreach.

New chapter intern Megumi Matsuno will be tasked with supporting social media outreach, among her many duties. (Photo: Courtesy of SF JACL Chapter)

A fifth-generation Japanese American, Matsuno can often be found helping at her family’s café, Kissako, in San Francisco’s Japantown. She is a longtime student of Shorinji Kenpo martial arts and a member of the Madame Hanayagi Classical Japanese Dance Ensemble. This fall, she will attend San Francisco State University and plans on majoring in Japanese and Asian American Studies.

Elections for chapter officers and a new slate of directors were conducted in April. The newly elected leadership consists of President Judy Hamaguchi, VP David Takashima, Secretary Emily Murase, Treasurer John Hayashi and Directors Elena Nielsen, Merry Nishimura (continuing), Brian Shimomura and Daniel Teraguchi.

“I am delighted that John Hayashi will continue to contribute as treasurer, Merry Nishimura will continue on the board and Emily Murase returns to the board after many years. I would especially like to welcome new board members Elena Nielsen, Brian Shimomura, David Takashima and Daniel Teraguchi,” said Hamaguchi.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Nielsen serves as membership coordinator at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Shimomura has served the State of California since 2016 and is currently associate government program analyst for the California Department of Industrial Relations. Takashima comes to the board with years of advocacy experience in Sacramento. Joining the board from out-of-state is Teraguchi, associate dean for student affairs and teaching assistant professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

“Amid increasing incidents of anti-Asian violence, it is essential we have strong leadership in our grassroots organizations. Our new board and chapter intern will move us forward during these uncertain times,” Hamaguchi concluded.