Dale L. Watanabe was born and raised in the south end of Seattle. He attended Tyee High School and the University of Washington, graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and also earned an MBA from Seattle University. He worked for over 20 years with Microsoft as a senior business development manager, before stepping away in 2011. He served as Commander of the Nisei Veterans Committee in 2006 during the initial kickoff of the organization’s $2.5M Capital Campaign to remodel the NVC Memorial Hall, and has served on the NVC Board of Directors since 2004.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to be a part of such a well-respected, long standing organization whose mission it is to foster friendship, cultural exchange, and trade with the land of my ancestors,” says Watanabe. “Japan and U.S. trade, business and cultural exchange are important for many corporations and individuals here and in Japan. I look forward to working with and learning from the many JASSW members and volunteers who are dedicated to the mission and who have fostered the professional seminar series and the Japan in the Schools (JIS) program.”