Beth Takekawa Named to Obama Administration Post

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Nov. 21 announced his intent to appoint 18 individuals to key administration posts, including Beth Takekawa as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have decided to serve our country,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with them.”


Beth Takekawa

Beth Takekawa


The National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) is an advisory body that includes the director and deputy directors of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and presidentially appointed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. Informed by its collectively vast experience and knowledge, the NMLSB advises the IMLS director on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medals for Museum and Library Service.

Takekawa is executive director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing) in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District, a position she has held since 2008. She served as The Wing’s chief executive officer in 2007 and was associate director from 1997 to 2006. The Wing is the only pan-Asian Pacific American museum in the nation, the first Smithson