Joël Barraquiel Tan, Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum
Joël Barraquiel Tan is the executive director of the Wing Luke Museum, a community-focused Asian and Pacific Islander museum in Seattle dedicated to arts, culture, heritage and preservation. An executive with 30 years of leadership experience, Barraquiel Tan is responsible for leading the Wing Luke Museum through its growth and expansion. A passionate cultural entrepreneur and artist with a proven track record of success, he brings experience in community building, innovating new programming and promoting arts engagement to his role.
Beth Takekawa, Former Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum
Beth Takekawa retired in August 2021 from her position as Executive Director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing). She joined the Museum staff 24 years previously as its first Associate Director. She became Executive Director in January 2008.
Gary Locke, 21st Governor of Washington State, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and American Ambassador to China
As Governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and America’s Ambassador to China, Gary Locke has been a leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, and the environment.
Lawrence Matsuda, Writer and Poet
Lawrence Matsuda was born in the Minidoka, Idaho Concentration Camp during World War II. He and his family were among the approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese held without due process for three years or more years.
Bettie Luke is the sister of Wing Luke, after whom Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is named. Her career spans over four decades, during which she has been a champion for diversity and cultural competency. She has conducted diversity training in 36 different states, serving K-12 and higher education institutions, government bodies, and businesses.