The 'Iolani School Board of Governors has elected Eun Joo "EJ" Milken '91 to the 23-member body that oversees one of Hawai'i's oldest and most respected educational institutions.
She also is on the board of the Gregory and EJ Milken Foundation, has served as the co-director of the Milken Scholars Program, and was co-founder of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle. Milken serves on the Los Angeles advisory board of Teach for America, which develops the nation's most promising future educators and leaders to strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. As a board member of the DEA Educational Foundation, she serves as the organization's national co-chair of the DEA Youth Dance Program Campaign. Additionally, she has served as former partner and board member of Kikori Whiskey, an executive board member of Spark Los Angeles, a board member of Everychild Foundation, manager of television series programming at Granada Entertainment USA, and assistant property manager of Cadmus Properties Corp.
After graduating from 'Iolani in 1991, Milken studied at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, before earning her bachelor of arts in English from Mount Saint Mary's College. She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the University of Southern California, with an expected graduation year of 2020.
While a student at 'Iolani, she was a senior prefect who participated in the Japanese Club, Key Club, and Marching and Concert Bands. Also on the Headmaster's List, she is grateful for the scholarship she received to attend 'Iolani.
"I was humbled and thrilled when asked by Dr. (Timothy) Cottrell, Dr. (Mark) Mugiishi, and Ms. (Jenai) Wall to consider joining the Board of 'Iolani School," Milken said. "'Iolani, more than any institution, shaped the way I view how communities should be: supportive, thoughtful, and comforting while striving for excellence in every category. Thank you for the privilege."
Milken and her husband Gregory have five children, three boys and two girls, and they give back to 'Iolani in many ways, including supporting the school as a member of the 'Io Society, sponsoring a classroom in our new Kindergarten-First Grade Community, and hosting several major regional 'Iolani alumni events at their home in California.
"EJ is a shining example of how an 'Iolani education provides students with the character and drive to make a positive impact in the world," Board of Governors Chair Dr. Mark M. Mugiishi '77 said.