Rick Noguchi has been hired as vice president of external relations for the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

He began his role on Nov. 16. Noguchi reports to JANM President and CEO Greg Kimura.

Rick Noguchi
Rick Noguchi

The hiring marks a return to the museum for Noguchi, who previously held positions there in public programs and development. He has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, serving in various management, fundraising, and philanthropic positions at UCLA, the California Community Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation.

He holds a master’s of business administration and a master’s of fine arts, and is the author of two collections of poetry and a children’s book set after World War II.

“Rick will be a tremendous asset to the Japanese American National Museum, bringing expertise from both sides of the funding equation,” said Kimura. “He has a deep understanding of JANM and its goals, and is a strategic thinker always looking toward the future. In addition, the staff and volunteers of our museum are truly like a family, so I’m proud to be able to welcome Rick back home.”

“I have always believed in and been committed to the mission of the Japanese American National Museum,” said Noguchi. “I am delighted to return at a time when the museum’s work is especially critical in reminding us all about the importance of safeguarding our civil liberties while also promoting the relevance of our overall story to future generations.”

As vice president of external relations, Noguchi will manage the Fundraising and Development Unit tasked with securing foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual gifts, as well as maintaining existing donor relations. He will oversee the staff, consultants, and volunteers who produce museum special events, including the annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction.

In addition, Noguchi will oversee the Marketing and Communications Unit, providing direction on JANM’s positioning and messaging.

JANM is currently showing “Giant Robot Biennale 4” through Jan. 24, 2016. For more information on the museum, call (213) 625-0414 or visit www.janm.org.

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