Rima K. Matsumoto is Vice President of Research and Strategic Alliances at LEAP. She joined the organization in February 2009 and is charged with opening LEAP's Washington, DC office. Her responsibilities include developing core research products to help advance LEAP's mission of growing leaders and developing relationships with key individuals in the public, private, education and community sectors. In addition, she is building strategic alliances and relationships with legislative and executive bodies as well as developing partnerships and collaborations with a broad array of diverse community organizations in the country.
Rima is the author of LEAP's Leadership Series reports assessing the current inclusion of APIs at the highest levels of leadership positions in all sectors of our society. She serves as LEAP's liaison to the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, the Alliance for Board Diversity, America's Promise and the Social Impact Leadership Coalition. She is also a member of the Retirement Security Coalition Advisory Board and the U.S.-Japan Council. Rima is one of LEAP's lead trainers/facilitators for a new multicultural initiative, Leadership Through Philanthropy, that encourages professionals of color to give back (time, talent, treasure) to their communities.
Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a coalition of some of the largest and most influential national Hispanic organizations in the United States, an organization she joined in 1998. Prior to her role as executive director, she led all fundraising activities for the organization, as well as annual symposia and executive educational programs, including the HACR/Harvard Business School Corporate Governance Series. As head of the corporate membership unit, Rima was charged with membership strategies and HACR's ever-growing corporate membership base. She collaborated on several research projects on governance, Hispanic Market, employment, procurement and philanthropy. Rima authored HACR's publication: 2007 Corporate Governance Study, a report on the representation of Hispanics on the boards of the 500 largest companies in America. She has been involved in governance research since 1998.
Before joining HACR, she was a member of the international business development department at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) where she was liaison to national chambers of commerce of Latin American nations. She also worked at the Washington, DC office of representation for Mexico's Confederación de Cámaras Nacionales de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo (CONCANACO-SERVYTUR).
Rima graduated magna cum laude with a BA in International Studies from Frostburg State University. In 1996, she was chosen to participate in a program on "How to do Business in Mexico" at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City under the auspices of the Mexican-American Solidarity Foundation. She has completed graduate course work in international commerce and policy at George Mason University, and corporate governance coursework at Harvard Business School. Rima is married, and has one son.
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