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.

To inquire, please send a letter of interest and a resume to


Ron Chew (President) 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.

Gary Iwamoto (Secretary) 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.

Maria Batayola (Treasurer) Maria Batayola is a long time community activist. She owns Jump Start, organizational development services firm. Maria also promotes and produces arts and cultural shows and presentations.

Arlene Oki (At Large) 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.