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Management Profiles

Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Executive Officer

Steve Bloom has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden since 2005. Early in his tenure, Bloom led the formation of a comprehensive six-year strategic plan that has been transformational in its scope and impact on the Garden.

Under Bloom’s leadership, the Garden has seen strong organizational growth and increased financial stability. He has developed a master site plan, created a curatorial department, expanded and improved programs in culture, art, and education, formed an International Advisory Board, and have dramatically increased national and international visibility and recognition.

In 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was awarding the Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th anniversary of the End of World War II. The award was given to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States. Stephen Bloom was awarded this prestigious recognition along with only 27 other individuals.

Bloom was a 2008-09 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, and concurrently served as Visiting Scholar at Tokyo University of Agriculture. Following his fellowship in Japan, Bloom led an effort to create the North American Japanese Garden Initiative and Association (NAJGA), now in its early stages. He is currently serving as the Founding President of the NAJGA.

Sadafumi Uchiyama, Garden Curator

Sadafumi (Sada) Uchiyama is the Garden Curator at the Portland Japanese Garden. Uchiyama is a third generation Japanese gardener from southern Japan where his family has been involved in gardening for over a century. Prior to his appointment as the Garden Curator in October 2008, he also served as a Vice President on the Board of Directors and continues to serve on advisory committees for the Portland Japanese Garden. Devoted to fostering relations between Japanese gardens in Japan and those outside of Japan, Uchiyama served as one of seven founding members and the Secretary of the International Association of Japanese Gardens (IAJG) from 1996 to 2000. Stemming from his involvement with the IAJG and his vast knowledge in the field of Japanese gardens, he was invited to speak at the 5th International Symposium on Japanese Gardens in Tokyo in September 2007. Since then, Uchiyama has been working on the development and establishment of the North American Japanese Garden Association (NAJGA) beginning in 2009. He was elected to serve as a Charter Member of the NAJGA Board and its Editorial Board.

As evidence of his interest to give back to the community, Uchiyama has taught landscape design courses and lectured on Japanese gardening at colleges and other public gardens in various parts of the countries. One may find his written contributions in the Journal of Japanese Gardening, Garden Design, Fine Gardening, Inspired House, Luxe Magazine as well as magazines and professional journals in Japan. As the Garden Curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, Uchiyama is actively engaged in ongoing public education and regularly speaks at horticultural societies, garden clubs, and schools and professional conferences in Japan and throughout the US.
In addition to his background as a gardener born and trained in Japan, Uchiyama is also a registered landscape architect in Oregon and California with a BLA and MLA from the University of Illinois. He has been practicing landscape architecture throughout the US. The traditional apprenticeship in Japanese gardening combined with the formal training in Western landscape architecture allows him to design and build a unique and wide range of private and public landscape projects. His representative projects include the renovation of the Osaka Garden, the site of the 1893 Great Columbian Exposition at Jackson Park in Chicago (2000- to date), and the Shofu-en of the Denver Botanic Gardens (2001-20012). Most recently, he completed Shoun-Kei Japanese garden at Sarah Duke Gardens at Duke University, NC. (2015) and currently working on the Rolex Headquarters in Dallas, TX. in collaboration with Kengo Kuma (2015 to date).

Diane Durston, Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education

Diane Durston is a writer, lecturer, cultural consultant, and educator, who lived for 18 years in Japan. She is the author of three books and numerous essays and articles on the culture and traditional way of life in Kyoto. Her book Old Kyoto is now in a second edition and 15th printing. The New York Times has referred to it as a “Japan travel classic.” Her other books include Kyoto: Seven Paths to the Heart of the City, an introduction to historic preservation districts in Kyoto. She has also contributed essays to the Encyclopedia of Japan, Japan, The Cycle of Life, and the Japan Crafts Sourcebook. Her most recent book, Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life was published in 2006.

As a cultural consultant, she has developed on-site cultural programs in Japan introducing Japanese art, culture, religion, history, and gardens for such organizations as the University of Pennsylvania, the Whitney Museum, the Yale Galleries, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since returning to the US in 1996, Durston has served as Special Programs Producer for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she produced month-long performing arts festivals in conjunction with the openings of two special exhibitions “Edo: Art in Japan 1615–1868″ in 1998 and of “Golden Age of Archeology in China” in 1999. From 2002–2006, Durston was Director of Special Projects and later Curator of Education at the Portland Art Museum.

For the past ten years, she has been the Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art & Education at the Portland Japanese Garden, where she has been instrumental in expanding the Garden’s reputation as a center of cultural learning, laying the groundwork for the Garden’s new International Institute for Garden Arts and Culture.

Cynthia Johnson Haruyama, Deputy Director

In her role as Deputy Director, Cynthia Johnson Haruyama has managed the Cultural Crossing campaign fro m its inception, oversees implementation of the Strategic Plan, managed the start-up and launch of the Japanese Garden Training Center, liaises between the Garden and City bureaus, and is currently working on several new long-term initiatives. She also serves as the Japanese Garden’s representative to the Explore Washington Park Board of Directors in the role of Board Vice President.
Previously, Haruyama has been in senior management positions for several of Portland’s public gardens. She served as the Executive Director of Lan Su Chinese Garden (2008 – 2012) and earlier she was Executive Director for Hoyt Arboretum (2001 – 2008). At both gardens, her first task was financial turn-around followed by a focus on visitor experience, long-range planning, capital renewal and replacement, and Board development. At both Lan Su Garden and Hoyt Arboretum, Haruyama re-started moribund fund development programs and raised significant funds for annual operations and major capital projects.
Haruyama’s interest in non-profit management and public gardens began after practicing corporate and business law with Davis Wright Tremaine followed by her role as General Manager and Sales Director for garden equipment manufacturer, A.M. Andrews Co.
In 2001, she and her family lived for a year in her husband’s hometown of Kagoshima, Japan and travelled extensively in Japan, especially in southern Kyushu. Throughout her time in Japan, Haruyama visited many of Japan’s famed gardens, and observed regional variations in gardens ranging from Kyoto to Kyushu and the Ryukyu islands. Haruyama graduated with honors in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. Her law degree is from Columbia University in New York.

Board of Trustees

Cathy Rudd, President
OHSU Center for Women’s Health
Community Volunteer

Dorie Vollum, President Elect
Arts Advocate
Community Volunteer

Ann Carter, Vice President
ACCtion Strategic Marketing Services

Michael Ellena, Vice President
Ellena Gardens Ltd.

Jerry Hudson, Vice President
Trustee, The Collins Foundation

Carol L. Otis M.D., Vice President
Sports Medicine Physician – Consulting Practice

Douglas Lovett, CPA Treasurer
Geffen Mesher

Dede DeJager, Secretary
Broker & Premier Executive Director
Windermere Stellar Real Estate

Suzanne Storms Berselli
Director, Storms Family Foundation
Community Volunteer

Jimmy Crumpacker
Managing Partner
Fleming Oil Fund

Dean M. Dordevic
Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Katherine Frandsen
Community Volunteer
Owner, Katherine Frandsen Design

Bruce Guenther
Independent Curator and Author
Former Chief Curator

Bill Hughes
President / Owner
W.A. Hughes Construction Inc.

Janelle Jimerson
Community Volunteer

Gail Jubitz
Community Volunteer

John Kodachi
Principal Attorney
Kodachi Law

Michiko Kornhauser
Ikebana International Portland Chapter 47
Oregon Nikkei Endowment

Lindley Morton
Green Gables Design and Restoration

Darren Nakata
Vestas-American Wind Technology Inc.

Travers Hill Polak
Community Volunteer

Paul Schommer
Schommer & Sons

Drake Snodgrass
Drake’s 7 Dees Landscaping

Frances von Schlegell
Community Volunteer

Dr. Calvin “Cal” Tanabe
Retired Neurosurgeon

Susan Winkler
Community Volunteer

Robert Zagunis
Jensen Investment Management

Foundation Board

Greg Fitz-Gerald, Chairman
Financial Services Executive (retired)

Stephen D. Bloom, President
Chief Executive Officer
Portland Japanese Garden

Carmen Wong, Vice President
Certified Financial Planner®, Wealth Advisor
Confluence Wealth Management

Diane Brauer, Secretary / Treasurer
Director of Finance
Portland Japanese Garden

Trish Adams
Wieden + Kennedy

Dede DeJager
Broker & Premier Executive Director
Windermere Stellar Real Estate

Jerry Hudson
The Collins Foundation

Joshua Husbands
Holland & Knight

Douglas Lovett, CPA
Geffen Mesher

James D Lynch
Intel Corporation

Dee Ross
Senior Client Portfolio Manager

International Advisory Board

North America Members

Carolyn A. Berry Wilson, Chairperson
Philanthropist, Berry Family Foundation
Honolulu, HI

John Anderson
Founder, Anderson Japanese Garden
Rockford, IL

Michael Christ
President, Tiffany & Co., Japan (retired)
Chicago, IL

Ron Herman
Landscape Architect
San Leandro, CA

Geoffrey Hoeffer
Partner, Grace Wever Capital
New York, NY

John Jay
Fast Retailing Global Creative Lab
New York, NY and Portland, OR

Joseph Krakora
Executive Officer, National Gallery of Art (retired)
Washington, D.C.

Janet Montag
New York, NY

Kathleen M. Pike
Professor and Director, Global Mental Health Program, Columbia University
New York, NY

Arlene Schnitzer
Chairperson, Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation
Portland, OR

Holly Shimizu
President, United States Botanic Garden (retired)
Washington, D.C.

Robert Singer
Curator, Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA

Japan Members

Masataka Hata
President, Shoyeido Incense Co.
Kyoto, Japan

Masatoshi Ito
Chairman, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
Tokyo, Japan

Koichi Kajima
Director, Kajima Corporation

Amy Katoh
Author, Scholar, Japanese Culture Specialist
Tokyo, Japan

Toshiaki Kuno
Chairman & CEO, Mimasu Corporation
Chairman & CEO, Sankyu Corporation

Larry Murakami
General Manager, Tama Food International
Tokyo, Japan

Shiro Nakane
President, Nakane and Associates
Kyoto, Japan

Koichi and Mihoko Nezu
Director and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Nezu Museum
Chairman, Tobu Department Store
Tokyo, Japan

Catherine Watters Sasanuma
Tokyo, Japan and Seattle, WA

Makoto Suzuki
Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture
Director, Tokyo Nodai Center for International Japanese Garden Studies
Tokyo, Japan

Takashi Uyeno
Chairman & President, Uyeno Transtech Ltd.
Yokohama and Kamakura, Japan

Tadashi and Teruyo Yanai
Chairman, President & CEO, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. / Uniqlo
Tokyo, Japan

Shiro Wakui
Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Tokyo City University
Tokyo, Japan

Honorary Members

His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae
Ambassador of Japan to the United States
Honorary Member

The Honorable Mazie K. Hirono
United States Senator of Hawaii
Honorary Member