Our Team

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naomi kawamura

Executive Director
Originally from California, Naomi has held senior leadership positions with numerous arts & cultural organizations in the United States, including the San Diego History Centre, the California Centre for the Arts, the Museum of Children's Art, among others. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, her Master’s degree from the Harvard University, and is currently a doctoral student at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on collective identity and memory practices of post-World War II communities. 


Lindsay FONG

Marketing & Communications Manager
Lindsay was born and raised in Vancouver, and has been involved with the Foundation since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Communication Design from Emily Carr University of Arts + Design, and currently utilizes her creativity and design skills to create communication materials across all types of media channels. She works closely with all Nikkei Place organizations to achieve their communication goals.


Bobby Ruegamer

Development Assistant
Bobby Ruegamer, a native of North Vancouver, is a new addition to the Nikkei Place Foundation team. He is the grandson of Jane Nimi and the late Robert Nimi, founding supporters of Nikkei Place.



Development Assistant
Mari was born in Osaka, Japan, and spent her childhood years in both Germany and Japan. She graduated with a BA from the Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe, and worked in finance in Tokyo before moving to Vancouver in 2008. Since coming to Vancouver, she has worked as a medical interpreter and freelance translator.