January 29, 2012
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Masako Kalbach

Photo: Xiomara Castro

I feel privileged to be able to spend every day in a workplace where my values are in alignment with those of the organization and the people I work with.  It is great to know that what I do every day is contributing to creating change in our communities.

As Personnel & Admin Director, Masako leads personnel management, benefits administration and risk management for MSC and its fiscally sponsored projects.

Masako’s professional focus is to work with organizations whose mission is dedicated to supporting creativity, strengthening education and promoting social justice and cross-cultural understanding. She has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management beginning in program coordination with a small civil rights organization in Oakland.

Prior to joining MSC, Masako served as Director of Finance and Operations at Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, where she managed a $1 million budget and overall financial accounting processes, oversaw daily operations of the facility including management of the lease, insurance, and technology, and supervised administrative staff, program managers, and teaching artists. During her eight years at MOCHA, she also served twice as Interim Executive Director, assisting with executive leadership transitions, board relations and strategic planning. Masako’s previous employers include Japan-U.S. Community Education & Exchange, where she managed cross-cultural nonprofit leadership training program, and Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin. She has also consulted for the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership in New York.

Masako spent her childhood growing up in Japan, and moved to California when she was 15 years old. She has called Oakland her second home for the last 20 years. She graduated from Mills College with a double major in International Relations and French Studies, and also studied filmmaking and 3D modeling/animation at San Francisco State University.

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