Washington, D.C. – Tom Lim Hayashi was recently appointed Interim Executive Director of the Organization of Chinese Americans National Chapter.
After several years of service, George C. Wu has stepped down as Executive Director in order to pursue other personal and professional opportunities, which include time with family in Taiwan and moving back to his home in California. In this transition, in close consultation with the OCA’s Executive Council, Lim Hayashi will be assuming all Executive Director responsibilities, including overseeing the organization of OCA’s 38th National Convention on August 4-7.
“As a long-time member, leader, and consultant to OCA, I am humbled by this new appointment,” said Lim Hayashi. “I look forward to honoring the trust of the National Board, Chapter Leadership, Members, Staff, Corporate and Organizational Partners by supporting our ardent effort to further our work in achieving cultural, economic, and political equity and equality for all Asian Pacific Americans.”
Lim Hayashi brings more than 18 years of combined professional experience as a former health care provider/administrator, fundraising executive, educator, and community activist.
“Many of you know Tom as a long time member and former President of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter, as well as our organizational development consultant to the current strategic planning process,” said Ken Lee, OCA National President. “He for a number of years, has been providing program development services including but not limited to our professional development programming, such as Mentoring Asian American Professionals (MAAP) Program, B3 Leadership Summit, and National Convention.”
Lee said that Lim Hayashi will use this transition period to leverage his experience and passion for progressive social change. He will draw upon his past engagement with more than 80 nonprofit organizations and government agencies as consultant, staff, and leadership volunteer locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Lim Hayashi’s past community work in California has led to an appointment to the Economic Development Commission of the City of Long Beach; and commendations from both the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and the United States House of Representatives for leadership and advocacy for low income housing as well as passage of the Housing Trust Fund in the 37th Congressional District.
“I believe Tom’s extensive experience as a nonprofit executive specializing in program development, fundraising, marketing, and organizational development will be a tremendous asset for OCA,” Lee added.