Mari Watanabe

executive director, partners in diversity & director, leadership portland

I support WorldOregon because the world is very small so we must educate ourselves to better understand other cultures.
Other places I’ve worked: 20 years in the apparel industry doing business/building relationships with people all over the world.
My true calling: to hopefully make a difference
I am most proud of my national level work to win the Congressional Gold Medal for the Japanese American veterans of WWII in 2011, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress.

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