VOLUME 28 NO. 11 | MARCH 7- MARCH 13, 2009


Last updated 3-5-09 at 2:03 p.m.

New faces in new places

Phyllis Campbell (photo provided by Campbell)

JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced on March 2 that experienced banker and civic leader Phyllis Campbell will become its chairman of the Pacific Northwest region on April 1. Campbell, a Japanese American, is currently the president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation.

She will be on JPMorgan Chase’s executive committee and will be the firm’s senior executive in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. She will be working with senior-level clients. She has 30 years of experience in banking.

“We could not have found a better person than Phyllis to lead our expansion of financial services in this important region,” said Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. “Phyllis’ hard work, integrity, and success in banking and philanthropy define true leadership in the community.”

Campbell will step down March 31 from the Seattle Foundation, the largest community foundation in Washington state. During her tenure, the foundation’s total charitable assets more than doubled.

“I am excited about this opportunity to help build upon a strong bank franchise that was Washington Mutual,” Campbell told NWAW. “To be able to stay here and help interconnect the interests of customers and the community with a world class bank is an ideal situation for the next step in my career.”

Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington State University and a master of business administration at the University of Washington. She has the distinction of being the first female president of a bank in Washington (U.S. Bank of Washington).

To the beat of drums

In Japanese, the word “Kodo” conveys two meanings. It means “heartbeat,” the primal source of all rhythm. If it is read in a different way, the word can also mean “children of the drum,” a reflection of Kodo’s desire to play their drums with the heart of a child. Photo by Maiko Miyagawa.

On Jan. 30 and 31, the UW World Series presented Kodo at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall. Since its debut in 1981 at the Berlin Festival, Kodo has made an impression with its passionate, rhythmic performances on the taiko drums. The Kodo drummers have given more than 3,100 performances on five continents; they spend about a third of the year overseas.
Speakers at the opening reception on Jan. 30 included Director of Development Greg Lewis and Vice Provost for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange. Professor Gary Kimura presented a lecture on Kodo before the performance.
Exploration and discovery are at the very heart of the UW World Series experience. Each season, it brings a varied dance, world music and theater, piano, and chamber music performances to Meany Hall.

Local law scholars

On Nov. 19, 2008, the Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW) honored several Washington state law students by awarding them $14,000 in scholarships. The ABAW grants scholarships every year to law students who show a commitment to improving access to justice within the Asian Pacific Islander community.

After a competitive process, the following scholarships were awarded.

Takuji Yamashita Scholarship ($6,000): Persis S. Yu of Seattle University.

Sharon A. Sakamoto President’s Scholarship ($4,000): Hai-Ching Yang of the University of Washington.

ABAW General Scholarship ($2,000 each): Riddhi Mukhopadhyay of Seattle University and Linglin Jacquie Shi of the University of Washington.

Leader in education

Dr. Vivian S. Le

Dr. Vivian S. Lee of New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center received the Asian Pacific Fund’s 2009 Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award, which honors the first Asian American to head a major American research university. 

As one of two recipients of this prestigious award, Lee will receive a $10,000 unrestricted grant in recognition of her exceptional record of accomp-lishments in higher education.                                         

At NYU, Lee oversees more than 365 full-time research faculty members and a portfolio of close to $200 million in research grants and contracts. 
A graduate of Harvard–Radcliffe Colleges, Lee was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she received a doctorate in medical engineering.



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