Joanna Iwata has served as senior coordinator for governance and operations since 2013 at California State University–Monterey Bay as part of a career in student affairs that has spanned over 35 years. A longtime ACUI volunteer, Iwata served on the Region I Conference Planning Team, as director of Region V, as Region I inclusivity coordinator, and on the ACUI Diversity Council. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Region I Don & Noel Hinde Distinguished Service Award. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Southern California and a master of arts from the University of the Pacific. She regularly presents workshops on inclusive excellence, leadership, and management, and has published articles on change management and transformational leadership.