Joy Shigaki to lead NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and church campaigns

March 25, 2010

Joy Shigaki has been named director of Episcopal Relief & Development's NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and church campaigns.

"We are so pleased to have Joy Shigaki at the helm," said Rob Radtke, president of Episcopal Relief & Development. "She brings a wealth of experience, passion and know-how to the position, and I know she will ensure we collectively achieve the goals of the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund and subsequent campaigns."

Originally from Seattle and now living in New York, Shigaki has more than 15 years of program management, community development and fundraising experience in the non-profit, government, community and faith-based arenas. She recently served as the director of development for the leadership development organization Coro New York Leadership Center. Previously Shigaki was the capital campaign manager of the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, a $23.2 million effort.

She has many years of experience working at the local, diocesan and national levels of the Episcopal Church, particularly as an active member of the Diocese of Olympia. Shigaki also served as an Episcopal Church volunteer for mission at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa.

"Joy will be a tremendous asset to Episcopal Relief & Development," said Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee of the Diocese of Chicago and a strong supporter of NetsforLife®. "Because NetsforLife® has such direct and measurable results, congregations can become easily engaged in the campaign. This effort will be of great significance in the church's work to stop the spread of malaria."

In 2009, the Episcopal Church's General Convention renewed not only its commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, but also specifically committed to raising $5 million in the triennium through Episcopal Relief & Development for NetsforLife®.

Thus, the agency has launched the NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund, a sweeping national effort within the Episcopal Church to eliminate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The multi-faceted campaign will include efforts to provide education, increase awareness and raise funds, uniting the Episcopal Church by involving dioceses, parishes, seminaries, schools and individuals at the grassroots level.