In Honor of Margaret Ashida

October 10, 2014

We are writing with heavy hearts to let you know of the sudden passing of beloved LEAP Board Member, Margaret Ashida, while she was vacationing in Indonesia. Margaret was an integral part of LEAP and a brilliant and committed leader. Her passing is a significant loss to so many of us across the nation and the world.

Margaret was a previous Chair of the LEAP Board and current Vice Chair of the Board. Her engagement with LEAP spans over 10 years, beginning with her participation in the LEAP Leadership Development Program and later extending to her service on the Board of Directors. A self-described “militant Asian female”, Margaret was a passionate advocate for leadership, Asian Americans, women, technology, diversity and STEM education. She was role model, trailblazer, visionary, philanthropist, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She is missed already.

We will do our best to make sure her passion for and legacy to LEAP lives on.

If you knew Margaret and would like to send thoughts and condolences, her family has set up an online memorial page to act as a focus point for thoughts from friends and announcements of services etc. The link is:

With great sadness,

Kenneth Chung                                                 
Chair, LEAP Board of Directors                            

Linda Akutagawa                                                 
President and CEO  

Margaret Ashida presenting an award at the LEAP 2013 Leadership Awards Gala.

Margaret Ashida with 2013 LEAP Honorees, Joanne and Alan Kumamoto.


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