WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2012) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate David “Mas” Masumoto as a Member of the National Council on the Arts, along with nominees to other posts.
“Our nation will be greatly served by the talent and expertise these individuals bring to their new roles. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer, author, and columnist for The Fresno Bee. His books include Epitaph for a Peach, Heirlooms, Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, and Wisdom of the Last Farmer. His writing awards include the Commonwealth Club Silver medal, the Julia Child Cookbook award, and the James Clavell Literacy Award.
Masumoto was appointed to the board of the California Council for the Humanities, now known as Cal Humanities, in 1994, serving as Co-Chair from 1998 to 2001. In addition, Mr. Masumoto serves on the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors, and the Board of the Public Policy Institute of California. He earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in community development from the University of California, Davis.