Ikeda Center Staff

Yoshiki Tanagawa

Yoshiki Tanigawa
Yoshiki Tanigawa is President of the Ikeda Center, providing overall direction and leadership. He also serves as Secretary General of Soka Gakkai in Japan and as Vice President of Soka Gakkai International. Read More »


David Saito

Kazuo "David" Saito
As Treasurer, David is the chief financial officer and chief accounting officer of the Ikeda Center. He is licensed as a CPA in California and an associate member of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Read More »


Virginia Straus Benson

Virginia (Straus) Benson, vbenson[at]ikedacenter.org
Ginny is Executive Director of the Ikeda Center. She is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the Center. She was the first executive director from the Center’s founding in 1993 to June of 2009, when she became a senior fellow supporting its programs as needed. Read More »


Jason Goulah

Jason Goulah
As Executive Advisor to the Ikeda Center, Jason provides guidance on programs and publications and helps develop strategies to advance the Ikeda Center's mission. He is Associate Professor of Bilingual-Bicultural Education at DePaul University in Chicago.  Read More »


Mitch Bogen

Mitch Bogen, mbogen[at]ikedacenter.org
Mitch is Publications Associate. In addition to assisting with editing and managing book production he serves as webmaster for the Center. Mitch has been a writer and editor for a number of educational nonprofits, taught comparative religions at the college level, and been a contributor to the Harvard Education Letter. Read More »

Lizzy Buechel

Lizzy Buechel, adminassist[at]ikedacenter.org
Lizzy is our Administrative and Special Events Assistant for Spring 2017. She is a fourth year student at Northeastern University where she is pursuing a degree in International Affairs and Political Science, with a concentration in Middle East Studies. She is currently motivated by promoting peace and human rights locally. Read More »

Jeff Farr

Jeff Farr, jfarr[at]ikedacenter.org
Jeff is Editorial Manager, serving as lead editor on book projects. Jeff worked as a writer and editor at SGI-USA publications for 12 years before joining the Center in December 2007. Prior to that he taught sociology courses on film and popular culture at Arizona State University. Read More »


Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher, kmaher[at]ikedacenter.org
As Events Manager, Kevin organizes and helps to develop our public forums and seminars, which aim to engage diverse audiences in openhearted and openminded dialogue. In addition to events held at the Ikeda Center in Cambridge, Kevin organizes events nationwide featuring our Dialogue Path Press authors. Read More »

Beth Zimmerman

Beth Zimmerman, bzimmerman[at]ikedacenter.org
Beth is the Deputy Director. Prior to joining the Center in 1996, Beth worked to empower young people through the arts in human service and educational settings. She earned her MA in Creative Arts Therapy from Lesley University. Read More »

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