Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute 2016
Miyo Ellen Reff is a third-generation Californian who would like to see the American Dream remain alive in our economically and culturally diverse state. Her family has lived the progression from farm laborers, sharecroppers, gardeners, to college-educated professionals, with a detour to the Internment Camps for people of Japanese Ancestry during WWII. Miyo graduated from Stanford University and was a clinical microbiologist for over 20 years. She has found her volunteer work with nonprofit organizations from PTAs to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to be very rewarding and engaging. She favors organizations that bring opportunities and experiences to new audiences. She currently serves on the board of Kiku Gardens, a senior housing and service organization, and the Mission Beach Women’s Club, a charitable community service club. Miyo has been married for 38 years and has 2 adult children.