This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
– Toni Morrison
Naho Shioya joined YWCA in 2017 as the organization’s Executive Administrative Assistant to support the CEO, as well as serving as a liaison to the board or directors and senior management teams. Naho organizes and coordinates executive outreach and external relations projects, in addition to overseeing special projects. Prior to YWCA, she has worked in the nonprofit arena for many years playing variety of different roles – project coordinator, production manager, development assistant, and executive assistant supporting executive level positions. Naho has vast experience with Race and Social Justice work, including starting and leading the Racial Equity Team, implementing Race and Social Justice Initiatives/Programs, and facilitating RSJ trainings and workshops for the board of directors, staff, and Seattle Parks employees. She has also worked with many groups and department leadership on inclusive outreach and public engagement efforts as a member of Seattle Parks RSJ Change Team.
Naho is also an accomplished artist and educator involved in the Arts community working to create racial equity through Arts and Arts Education, and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts and a BA from University of WA. As an artist, she has worked internationally in Asia, Canada, Europe and the U.S.