Norman Y. Mineta, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Japanese American National Museum, on June 8, announced that Ann Burroughs has been named Interim President and CEO of the museum, effective immediately.
For the remainder of his tenure—through the month of June — Dr. Greg Kimura, the outgoing President and CEO, will provide consultation and share institutional knowledge to ensure a smooth transition at the executive level.
Burroughs is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, and has served on several other boards.
Burroughs’s work with Amnesty International USA is particularly meaningful to her because as a young activist in her native South Africa, she was imprisoned as a result of her anti-apartheid activism and Amnesty International helped to secure her release.
These experiences will help inform her work as the Interim President and CEO at JANM.
Most recently, Burroughs served as Senior Consultant at Social Sector Partners, an organization that focuses on supporting social sector organizations through strategic adaptation and repositioning.
She has previously served as Executive Director of the Taproot Foundation in Los Angeles and as the Executive Director of LA Works.
She has also been a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation in its Communi-cations for Social Change Initiative, to HandsOn Network in its corporate engagement program, and to the government of South Africa.