Alan Nishio

Alan Nishio
Meet Alan Nishio, a 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Local Heroes Nominee

Title: Board President
Organization:Little Tokyo Service Center

"I'm writing this recommendation because Alan has inspired me to be involved in this community as with many others. Alan's experiences and history in this community has been a shining light to a new generation of Japanese American community activists. They already see Alan as a community hero." Craig Ishi, Kizuna (nominator) (also nominated by Mickie Okamoto-Tsudama)


  • Currently President of the Board of the Little Tokyo Service Center, the leading Asian Pacific American community development corporation in the region

  • Founding member of the California Japanese American Community Leadership Council, a statewide coalition that seeks to preserve and protect California's remaining Japantowns.

  • Founder and co-chair of the National Coalition of Redress/Reparations, an organization that played a significant role in the redress campaign for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.
  • Board Member, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

  • Advisory Council Member, Kizuna

  • Assoc. Vice President of the Division of Student Services, Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach


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