Beth Takekawa, Executive Director, Wing Lake Museum
Beth Takekawa is Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), a community-based cultural institution in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District, the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the nation, the first Smithsonian Institution affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, and a newly designated Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Beth was hired as the Museum’s Associate Director in 1997 and in 2008 became Executive Director. She has over 25 years experience in community economic development, working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in program development, finance and administrative management. Beth is appointed by the governor as a commissioner on the Washington State Arts Commission and serves on the boards of the Downtown Seattle Association and International District Emergency Center. She is a 2011 Salzburg Global Seminars Fellow, one of 56 leaders from museums and libraries worldwide invited to the Salzburg, Austria convening to discuss the era of participatory culture. Beth was a National Planning Committee member for the Minidoka National Historic Site, established to remember the U.S. government’s World War II incarceration of Americans of Japanese ancestry. She completed her music degree at the University of Minnesota and Hunter College (NYC).