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November 29, 2023
Richard Fukutaki, chair of the Bellevue College Board of Trustees, was recently elected chair-elect of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors. ACCT is a national nonprofit organization for community, technical, and junior college trustees, which brings together college leaders to address real-world challenges and help students succeed through advocacy and education. Prior to this new role, Fukutaki was ACCT's secretary-treasurer and vice chair, first elected in 2021. As chair-elect, Fukutaki is expected to lead ACCT's Board of Directors as chair in the fall of 2024. He will be the first Asian man, the first Japanese American, and the first descendant of a Japanese internment camp family to lead ACCT. The organization's 2024 ACCT Leadership Congress will be held in Seattle in October 2024. Fukutaki has served as a trustee at Bellevue College for eight years. Gov. Jay Inslee first appointed Fukutaki to a partial term in August 2015, and he is currently serving his first full term, which will continue through September 2024. Fukutaki is active with the Washington State Association of College Trustees, serving as the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, chair of the Awards Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Audit, and Education Committees. Outside of higher education, Fukutaki is the managing director of Sun Break Group, a consulting practice focusing on business plans and strategies for start-ups and early-stage companies. He is also the managing partner for Encomedia, a public display entertainment company developing TV programs, apps, live events, online portals, and social media strategies. Previously, Fukutaki served as vice president/general manager at Wizards of the Coast, where he founded the Pokemon trading card game.