Emiko Ono is the Program Director of Performing Arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Since 2018, she has led the foundation’s team responsible for grantmaking to sustain artistic expression and encourage public engagement in the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Previously, Emiko served for six years as a Program Officer in the Performing Arts Program, managing grants with more than 80 arts organizations. Before joining the foundation, Emiko spent nearly a decade working in arts and cultural organizations, developing and leading education, professional development, and grantmaking programs, including as the director of grants and professional development at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She began her career in the arts and cultural sector at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where she supported docent and volunteer programs and helped to establish a multi-disciplinary arts partnership program.
She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Emiko currently serves on the advisory council for Talent Philanthropy Project, which works to ensure funders invest in a well-supported, diverse, and sustainable nonprofit workforce.