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Japanese Garden Names New Executive Director

Contact: sfawcett@japanesegarden.com
Last Updated: 2/1/2006

Portland's Japanese Garden has named veteran non-profit organization administrator Steve Bloom as executive director, according to Dee Ross, Japanese Garden Society of Oregon president.

In his new position, Bloom will be responsible for all aspects of managing the Garden, which attracts over 130,000 visitors annually and is funded entirely by gate admissions, membership dues, donations and grants. The land, located adjacent to Washington Park, is leased from the city.

For the last five years, Bloom has been president of the Honolulu Symphony Society and Foundation and has a varied background in not-for-profit organization management. He is former president of the Washington (State) Arts Alliance.

Bloom received a bachelors degree in music education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and completed a Social Innovation Fellowship at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

"We're really pleased that Steve's interest in Japanese art, our job opening and his decision to return to the northwest came together at the same time. He has an outstanding record in leading non-profit organizations," said Ross.

A premier Portland attraction, the Japanese Garden opened in 1967. It was designed by Professor Takuma Tono, then head of the Tokyo University of Agriculture's Landscape Architecture department and has consistently been rated the most authentic Japanese Garden outside of Japan.

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