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Japanese Garden Names New Executive Director
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)
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
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.