Lon S. Hatamiya, J.D.
California Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency
Lon Shoso Hatamiya is Secretary of
the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, the state's
primary promoter of economic development, job creation and
business retention. His long and distinguished career in both
public service and the private sector helped make him Governor
Gray Davis' nominee for the post on January 5, 1999.
confirmation by the California State Senate on April 8, 1999,
Secretary Hatamiya became the first Asian Pacific American to
hold a cabinet-level position in California state history. In his
position, Secretary Hatamiya advises Governor Davis on all
matters related to commerce and trade, while serving as the voice
of California business within the state Cabinet. In addition, he
directs numerous programs that stimulate economic activity for
international trade and investment, small business, rural
development, tourism, manufacturing, entertainment, and an array
of other California-based industries
under Secretary Hatamiya's leadership, the Agency has added a
Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation, designed to
ensure that California remains the leader in the research,
development and commercialization of new technologies.
Prior to his
appointment, Secretary Hatamiya served as Administrator for the
Foreign Agricultural Service in the United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA). While there he led a worldwide agency that
promotes the growth of exports of American agricultural, fish,
and forest products. He also oversaw the USDA's obligations
concerning international trade agreements, negotiations, and
trade policy development. Secretary Hatamiya served as
Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of USDA
from 1993 to 1997, where he was responsible for over 50 federal
programs. During his tenure, AMS received two "Hammer Awards"
from the National Performance Review. The awards recognize
increased efficiency and cost savings within a federal government
In addition to his
experience in public service, Secretary Hatamiya was also the
founder and President of an international management-consulting
firm, practiced law for a national law firm, and worked for both
the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Sony
Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
In 1991, Secretary
Hatamiya was selected for the California Agriculture Leadership
Program, comprised of the top leaders in California agriculture.
He has previously served on the California Rural Economic
Development Infrastructure Panel, and the Boards of Directors of
Planned Parenthood (Sacramento Valley chapter) and the Marysville
chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL).
He is past
president of the Sacramento Chapter of the JACL, where he was
recognized for his long-term work to obtain reparations for
Japanese Americans interned during World War II.
graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in
Economics. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in
International Business and Entrepreneurial Studies from the
Anderson Graduate School of Business at the University of
California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his juris doctorate from the
UCLA School of Law. He resides in Davis, California, with his
wife Nancy and their two sons.