Meet one of APACE’s board members!
Akemi is a Japanese American woman who was born in Denver, Colorado right after World War II. She is one of the founders of the original APACE organization that was formed in 1998.
Akemi’s father was a community leader, and as a result she strongly believes that giving back is in her core, and being of service to her people is one of the ways she demonstrates her gratitude for everything they have done to help her be where she is today.
Before joining APACE, Akemi was a full time faculty member of 3 Washington state community colleges where she taught Asian American studies, human development, and anti-racism courses. She also headed an institutional change program to address racism for administrators, staff, faculty, and students. She was also a private sector trainer in cross-cultural communication and conflict management. Akemi is passionate about democracy of the people and for the people!
In Akemi’s free time she enjoys golfing, dancing, and eating at new restaurants. She also enjoys spending time with and supporting her grandchildren with their various endeavors.
Akemi also has a dog named Dashi, who is APACE’s honorary mascot!