Sakurako Fisher, chair of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution, will serve as a co-chair of the Smithsonian Institution Capital Campaign, David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian, recently announced.
Fisher joins Barbara M. Barrett, David M. Rubenstein and Alan G. Spoon on the Smithsonian Campaign.
She is deeply involved in music art and cultural initiatives and is no neophyte when it comes to the machinations of board duties and governance.
She was appointed by President Obama as General Trustee on the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In addition to serving as chairwoman of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution, she also serves on two advisory boards, Stanford University and the Union Centrale des Arts et Decoratifs in Paris.
Brenda Way, founder & artistic director of ODC Dance Company in San Francisco, describes Fisher as an analytic thinker whose hands-on engagement and fervent belief in the arts inspired ODC to dream bigger.
“Saku is committed in her support of the arts and service to community. These are her hallmarks,” said Way.
“The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum and research facility in the world. The Smithsonian tells America’s story; it reaches people everywhere,” said Fisher. “Its programs inspire lifelong learning and spark discovery.”
She added, “This campaign will allow people to give back to their county and support their passion, whether it is science, history, art, education or culture.”