Alan Sugiyama picked as new executive director of the Executive Development Institute.

Alan Sugiyama

The Executive Development Institute (EDI) announced that its board selected Alan Sugiyama as EDI’s new executive director on Monday, Nov. 5. EDI is the only Pacific Northwest nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership training for multi-ethnic professionals. Sugiyama will start as executive director on Jan. 2, 2013. EDI’s current executive director, Starr Macdonald, announced her retirement after serving 10 years.

“Leaders aren’t born, they are developed, and EDI is the perfect agency to do that,” Sugiyama said.  “It’s like a dream come true to be able to help develop our community’s future leaders.”

Sugiyama was introduced at EDI’s 19th gala dinner, honoring 47 graduates at the Bellevue Westin. EDI collaborates with 50 Northwest corporations, such as Boeing, Microsoft, Key Bank, and Nike to provide business relevant, culturally tailored leadership training for Asian Pacific Islander and Hispanic participants. (end)

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