joined the The James Irvine Foundation in 2008 as a Program Officer for the Arts and was appointed Senior Program Officer in 2010. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rick served as Program Officer in Arts and Human Development at the California Community Foundation, overseeing the design, management and implementation of the multi-issue program. He was responsible for developing the primary grantmaking strategies in the arts, aging, at-risk youth, and disability. Rick has also served in a variety of programming, fundraising and management positions with the Arizona Humanities Council, the Japanese American National Museum, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, he is national award-winning writer with two collections of poetry: The Wave He Caught (Pearl Editions, 1995) and The Ocean Inside Kenji Takezo (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996). He also co-wrote a children’s book, Flowers from Mariko (Lee & Low, 2001) with Deneen Jenks. Rick received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in English and minored in American Indian studies. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
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