The Nisei Week Foundation held the rescheduled 2023 closing ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, August 26 from 10:30 a.m. t0 11:30 a.m.
According to the 2023 Nisei Week President David Yamahata, the 2024 Nisei Week President is Joann Shin Cordiero, 1996 Nisei Week Queen. Cordiero is the first Nisei Week Queen to become the President of the Nisei Week Foundation. She is in marketing business.
She has been a Nisei Week board member since 2018 and is currently the co-chair for the Nisei Week Queen and Court Program. Joann’s ties to Nisei Week go back to 1996 when she was honored to serve as the 1996 Nisei Week Queen.
Professionally, Joann works as a media relations and events consultant, working with a wide range of clients, from companies in the automotive industry to non-profit organizations. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego, earning her bachelor’s degree in communications. Joann lives in Orange County with her husband, Mike, and 11-year-old son, Jake.
Joann Shin Cordiero Statement
I am honored to serve as the 2024 Nisei Week Foundation President. Taking on this role is deeply personal, as Nisei Week has a special place in my heart. In 1996, I had the amazing opportunity to serve as Nisei Week Queen, and I’m forever grateful for the meaningful experiences and the incredible support and mentorship I received from the organization and the community. To volunteer in this role as foundation president is an opportunity that I take with great responsibility, and I look forward to working alongside a dedicated team of volunteers to plan the 82nd Nisei Week Japanese Festival.