IE Board

Join Our Board of Directors

Do you want to make a difference and be apart of shaping our local and community media? Do you have a unique perspective and background that can contribute to the IE’s direction? The IE is now seeking to include  motivated people to join our board of directors.

In particular, we are seeking board candidates with financial expertise and/or media industry knowledge.


To inquire, contact Development Manager, Kathy Ho –


Ron Chew (Advisor) is a former editor in chief of the International Examiner, Executive Director for the Wing Luke Asian Museum, and serves as an advisor to the IE board and staff. He currently owns and operates Chew Communications.

Andy Yip was born and raised in Hong Kong. He moved to Seattle in 1995 with his family to further his education. After his graduation from the University of Washington, he was recruited by Prudential Financial to lead a diversity effort in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Andy saw the opportunity and became independent and started his firm in Mercer Island with his partner, with a focus on financial and estate planning. Andy now lives in Bellevue with his wife, Elizabeth, his son and daughter.

Gary Iwamoto is a grantwriter, nonpracticing attorney, playwright, creative writer, and conducts student disciplinary hearings and section 504 hearings for the Seattle School District. He was a member of Gordon Hirabayashi’s coram nobis legal team, which successfully overturned Hirabayashi’s World War II convictions for violating exclusion and curfew orders. As a playwright, he wrote “Miss Minidoka 1942,” the first play which the Northwest Asian American Theatre produced at the Theatre Off Jackson. He has been connected with the Examiner as a writer/volunteer since 1974.

Arlene Oki worked for the City of Seattle Human Services Department as a Planning & Development Specialist for the Homeless Intervention & Block Grant Administration. She is active with the Nikkei Heritage Association and was board president of the Japanese American Citizens League. A long-time activist in the Asian American community, Arlene has also been involved with the IE as a contributing writer.

Jacqueline Wu, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Seattle upon entering the University of Washington. At the University of Washington, she graduated with majors in American Ethnic Studies and History (Honors) and minors in Chemistry, Labor Studies, and Diversity. During her time at the UW, Jacqueline was involved in student and community organizations like the Ethnic Studies Student Association and OCA (formerly known as Organization Chinese American). Currently, Jacqueline works as a tutor for Student Athletic Academic Services at the UW, community organizer, and writer. Jacqueline is a second generation Chinese and Filipino American, her father is originally from Shanghai, China and her mother is from Samar, Philippines. The second child and only daughter, of three.

Steve Kipp is the VP of Communications for Comcast’s Washington region,  responsible for the company’s public relations efforts in Washington State, including overseeing media relations, employee communications and charitable giving. Steve joined the cable television industry in 1997 as a Director of Communications for TCI in Seattle. Prior to becoming a “cable guy,” Steve worked for the Metropolitan King County Council and was a newspaper reporter  in New Jersey, Alabama and finally for The News Tribune in Tacoma.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University.