May 16, 2016

Patricia Miye WakidaACTA is excited to welcome its newest staff member Patricia Miye Wakida.  As ACTA’s Development and Donor Engagement Manager, Patricia will be working in close partnership with Executive Director Amy Kitchener to spearhead the implementation of the organization’s fundraising activities.

Patricia is a fourth generation Japanese American artist, writer, and community historian based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past fifteen years, she has done editorial, curatorial, or development work with numerous cultural institutions such as Heyday Books, Cal Humanities, San Francisco Center for the Book, Intersection for the Arts, the Japanese American National Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and the California Historical Society, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards.

She has studied as an apprentice papermaker in Gifu, Japan, and as an apprentice printer and hand bookbinder in Berkeley, California; to this day, she still maintains her own linoleum block and letterpress business under the ‘wasabi press’ imprint, handcarving and cranking out whimsical prints of flora and fauna on 100 year old equipment. She lives in the heart of the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, with her husband and son.

Patricia can be reached at (510) 710-7212 (beginning May 18) and via email.