Wendy Hanamura, Director of Partnerships

Wendy Hanamura is the Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries. For 20 years, the Internet Archive has provided learners everywhere with free access to 238 billion Web pages, 11 million texts, 2.9 million films and videos, and 3 million audio recordings—a vast collection of our cultural heritage. With a background in nonprofit leadership, content strategy and journalism, Hanamura has helped guide the strategic direction of the Internet Archive since 2014.

Building on a career in nonprofit media, Hanamura uses her communication skills to share the remarkable stories locked in the Internet Archive’s 30 petabytes of digital information. She helped create and lead the first Decentralized Web Summit in June of 2016, and her areas of responsibility include communication and content strategy, strategic planning, fundraising, and partnership building, all in service of the Internet Archive’s mission: universal access to knowledge.

Previously, as Chief Digital Officer of KCETLink and Vice President and General Manager of Link TV, Hanamura led diverse content teams creating media for social change. She helped to launch an international film contest for stories about solving some of the world’s toughest global development problems. She worked on a campaign to share the diverse stories of Muslims in America and a global news video app that provided readers with facts, context and possible actions related to the issues.

Hanamura began her career in journalism as a photo editor for Time magazine. She’s reported and produced television content around the world for CBS, World Monitor Television, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation), and PBS. Her favorite project remains Honor Bound: A Personal Journey, the documentary she produced about her father and his storied WWII unit, the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Hanamura serves on the board of the Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation, supporting innovative programs for at-risk youth. She volunteers her time as a moderator to the Clinton Global Initiative University, an interviewer for Harvard College, and a fundraiser for the Topaz Museum, preserving the story of the Utah concentration camp where her family was incarcerated during WWII. Hanamura graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and she was a Rotary International Fellow at the University of Tokyo, studying architecture with Fumihiko Maki.

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