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Mukai Farm & Garden Hires First Executive Director

Tina Shattuck, new Executive Director, Mukai Farm & Garden, Vashon Island

The Mukai Farm & Garden on Vashon Island has hired its first Executive Director, Tina Shattuck, an island dynamo in the arts and nonprofit community on the island and beyond. Shattuck has been a popular and successful event coordinator and fundraiser, and has created several art and culture nonprofit organizations. Shattuck began her part-time position as Executive Director on August 7.

“As a first-generation Japanese American on my mother’s side, I am honored to be chosen the first Executive Director for Mukai Farm & Garden,” said Tina Shattuck. “Mukai Farm & Garden has so much to offer to our community, and so much potential. It’s even more important in our world today to talk about the immigrant experience and how it shapes the future of both our local landscape and our national conversations. The story of the Mukai’s helps us connect to our own sense of perseverance through challenging times and shows us just how vital stories of tragedy and triumph are to moving forward as a community.”

“We are so fortunate to hire Tina at this time,” said Mukai Board President, Rita Brogan. “As our first Executive Director, Tina will help bring Mukai Farm & Garden to a new level of engagement and awareness, despite the challenges of COVID-19. She was the key to starting Japan Festival, our successful, growing, and wonderful celebration of Japanese culture on the island.”

Shattuck brings years of experience and skills in project and staff management, fundraising, event planning and new business development. She is a respected and in-demand fundraiser, having helped raise over $4 million for non-profit organizations in the past 15 years. Shattuck founded Women Hold the Key and Working Mothers (R)Evolution, which supports and mentors women locally and abroad in skill building and support.

Mukai Farm & Garden members and supporters can meet Tina Shattuck at a Zoom membership meeting, Monday, Aug. 17, at 4:30 p.m.

The 2020 Japan Fest will be virtual, to be announced on the website. Further details on the farm and meeting are at its website, on YouTube, and on social media.

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