Cora Mirikitani is the President and CEO of AAPIP. Prior to that she was President and CEO of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a nonprofit funder and program incubator supporting working artists and creative entrepreneurs in California.
Cora’s extensive career in the nonprofit sector includes more than ten years in philanthropy as Program Officer for Culture at The Pew Charitable Trusts and later as Senior Program Director at The James Irvine Foundation in charge of their Arts program and Innovation Fund. She has also held key leadership positions as CEO of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, Director of Performing Arts and Film at the Japan Society in New York, and Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
In addition to working as a consultant to foundations and nonprofit arts organizations, Cora has been a lecturer, writer and advisor on numerous arts funding, policy and advisory panels and national boards. She served on the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA), chairing the 1999 GIA Conference held in San Francisco, and was a member of the board of the national Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP). She has participated in numerous advisory committees nationally and internationally including the Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan program in the U.S. and The American Assembly. Cora received the prestigious Durfee Foundation Stanton Fellowship award for 2008-2009.