March 16, 2022

We are excited to announce that Densho has officially launched the search for our new Executive Director. You can view the full position profile here.

This is a pivotal moment for Densho and so we are calling on our community to help us cast the net as widely as possible as we search for our next Executive Director. The successful candidate will be charged with oversight for the continued success, transition, and growth of the organization. And they will be a visionary leader who will work to advance Densho’s mission to document the injustices of our past to promote justice and equity today.

The successful candidate will embody the values of Densho:

Trustworthy Steward – Our elders entrusted us to share their stories with future generations. This is paramount.  

Trusted Source – We highlight and analyze primary sources. We use our expertise to analyze and share the lessons of the WWII Japanese American incarceration.  

Forward-Thinking Innovator – We understand where technology is heading, recognize opportunities, and adopt new ideas.

Courageous Ally – We support vulnerable people who are treated unfairly. We know what it is like to be hated and feared.  

Collaborative Community Partner – We seek to build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones because success is achieved by working with others.

We would appreciate you sharing this news with your networks in order to help us craft a highly qualified candidate pool. We’ve created this toolkit with sample email and social media messaging to make it easier for you to share! If you would like to schedule a time to discuss the position, please contact the Koya team directly:

Angie Sessoms:

Christy Farrell:

[Header: Incarceree workers in the co-op office of Minidoka concentration camp, c. 1944. Yoneko Tanaka is seated, facing the camera. Courtesy of the Mitsuoka Family Collection.]