Carol Komatsuka

Carol Komatsuka is Managing Director of Development at Southern California Public Radio, L.A.’s #1 NPR station, working with the major gifts team and on fundraising strategy. She began her career at Home Savings and Loan on the company’s employee magazine, and moved on to the marketing department where she launched the company’s ethnic marketing program.

During that time she volunteered at the Japanese American National Museum for 10 years chairing the opening committees for the Historic Building in 1992 and the Pavilion in 1999. She joined the JANM staff that year and served as Vice President of External Relations.  

Carol was born and raised in Boyle Heights and has a degree in journalism from USC. Her now adult daughter’s name is engraved on the Children’s Courtyard.

Updated November 2022

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