Ann Burroughs. Photo via
Ann Burroughs. Photo via

The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo Friday announced the appointment of Ann Burroughs as its new president and chief executive officer.

Burroughs had been serving in those roles in an interim capacity at the museum since June 2016. She also currently chairs the board of directors of Amnesty International USA.

“Ann has been a skillful leader of the Japanese American National Museum since her first day on the job,” said Norman Y. Mineta, chair of the museum’s board of trustees.

“She quickly earned the respect and admiration of the museum’s boards, staff, volunteers, supporters, and the community at large,” Mineta said. “She has helped articulate a vision for the museum that has resonated deeply with me, my fellow trustees, and our governors. I know that Ann is the right person to lead the museum at this important time.”

Burroughs brings more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management, resource development, strategic planning and strategic communications. She has worked at the executive director level, as an interim director, as a member of senior management teams, as a nonprofit consultant and as an executive coach.

Burroughs’ work with Amnesty International USA is particularly meaningful to her because as a young woman in her native South Africa, she was imprisoned as a result of her anti-apartheid activism, and Amnesty International helped to secure her release, the museum said.

Established in 1985, the Japanese American Museum promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.

— City News Service

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