April 1, 2021

Meyer Memorial Trust elects Janet Hamada as new board chair

Janet Hamada, chair of Meyer Memorial Trust's board of trustees

I’m pleased to announce the election of Janet Hamada as chair of Meyer’s Board of Trustees, effective today, April 1. She succeeds former chair, Toya Fick, who led the board from 2019-2021.

Janet, who became a Meyer trustee in 2017, is Executive Director of The Next Door, a social service agency based in Hood River, and serves as a member of the boards of directors of Four Rivers Early Learning Hub and the Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

A long-time resident of the Columbia Gorge and native of Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, she brings to Meyer a passion for social justice and a long history of work in the nonprofit sector.

I look forward to working more closely with Janet as we continue down the path of our strategy development work. Her passion for the work we do and her commitment to equity are inspiring. I am confident that the board and all Meyer staff will benefit from Janet’s dedication and leadership.

I’d also like to personally thank Toya for her service as chair and for her leadership of the board over the past two years, including through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her insight and thought partnership have been invaluable contributions to the work and culture of Meyer.

Please join me in thanking Toya and congratulating Janet.

-Michelle