As a seasoned executive leader, Yoshiko ‘Koko’ Chino holds a deep value in compassion, equity and inclusion balanced with productivity towards mission as critical factors for organizational success. Most recently the Executive Director of Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS), she spent 8 years transforming this division at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Prior to working at GIS, she was responsible for overseeing a non-profit, statewide interpreter referral in New Mexico which provided services in hospitals, courts, law enforcement, and other private and public entities. Yoshiko has experience in the non-profit, higher education, government, and private sectors.
Born in Northern California and growing up in the Caribbean, Southern United States and the Southwest, her bi-cultural birth family, and multi-cultural “families of choice” have been a source of inspiration in her work. Emphasizing honesty and courage in communication, especially around difficult subjects, Yoshiko works with groups to help them choose curiosity over fear. She works with groups to keep open minds and hearts as they do meaningful work. Being raised in the Zen Buddhist tradition, and her continued work within equity and communication access, provide meaningful grounding for her work in leading organizational change. She brings a commitment to business results that acknowledges our human condition with compassion and honesty.
Yoshiko has been active in national and international leadership on issues concerning the Deaf community and communication access and equity. Yoshiko is a nationally certified interpreter with previous work experience within community settings, post-secondary education, the legal system, healthcare and Video Relay Service.
Yoshiko’s other professional interests include diversity in the interpreting profession, the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities and its implementation in developing nations, and the advancement of ethical standards for entities that provide interpreting services in the United States. Yoshiko holds her BS Summa Cum Laude in Signed Language Interpreting from the University of New Mexico and her Masters in Public Administration from Gallaudet University. When she is not working, she enjoys yoga, training for triathlons, and travel.
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