Chris S. Nishiwaki: BA, 1995

Chris Nishiwaki graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Journalism and Sociology. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He is a Mercer Island-based freelance writer with over 13 years of experience in journalism. He started his journalism career as the tennis beat writer for the Bellevue Journal American (now the King County Journal). He has gone on to cover the state legislature and professional and local sports for the Lewiston News Tribune in Idaho and The Kansas City Star. He has also written for the Northwest Asian Weekly, The Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Northwest Nikkei, The Northshore Citizen and several other publications.

He serves on the Organizing Committee of The Seattle Times Media Access Workshop, the Unity 2004 National Conference Auction Committee and the Asian American Journalists Association-Seattle Chapter. He served on the Organizing Committee of the Unity 99′ National Conference, the Selection Committee of the Dart Award for Journalism and Trauma, and the Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarship Committee.

Chris Nishiwaki is also an education, diversity and arts advocate. He currently serves on the Intiman Theatre Board of Trustees, the Artist Trust Board of Directors, the Wing Luke Asian Museum Capital Campaign Committee and the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Don Lanphere Memorial Committee. His Intiman Theatre board committee appointments include the Education Committee, the Corporate Partners Committee and the Donor Stewardship Committee. He is also the board’s representative to Arts Lobby Day.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Funding Alliance, the Organizing Committee of Rainbow Bookfest, the Steering Committee of the People of Color in Philanthropy, the Board of Directors of the Business and Engineering Activists Network, the Development Committee of the Seattle Girls’ School, the Paul G. Allen Foundation Challenge Grant Committee of the Statewide Poverty Action Network, the Selection Committee of Reinvesting in Youth, the Marketing, Membership and Communications Committee of the University of Washington Alumni Association the Asian Heritage Group of the National Coalition Building Institute, the Steering Committee of the Seattle Race Conference and chairs the Health Care Committee of the Seattle Race Conference,. Mr. Nishiwaki is also the founder and president of the Alpha Phi Omega Pacific Northwest Alumni Association.

Previously, he served on the board of directors of Seattle Rape Relief, the Charitable Choice Coalition and Community Health Charities. He has also served on the Fundraising Committee and Political Action Committee of Planned Parenthood Voices, the Steering Committee of the Associated Students of the University of Washington Sexual Assault Awareness, the Visiting Committee of the Ipintombi Dancers, Guguletu Township, South Africa and the Volunteer Committee of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation International Conference.

Mr. Nishiwaki was the administrator for Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center and the University of Washington. While at Children’s Hospital he served on the hospital’s Diversity Committee and Communications Committee.

A food and wine aficionado, he serves on Seattle Magazine’s Best Restaurants Selection Panel, the Committee of the Auction of Washington Wines benefiting Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, the Steering Committee of the “Art of Dining” benefiting the Women’s Funding Alliance and chairs the wine program for the “Art of Dining” and the “One Life at a Time” Gala benefiting Olive Crest Homes & Services for Abused & Neglected Children.