The Queen Program committee is dedicated to continuing this long continued tradition of almost 50 years. As a 501c3 nonprofit, all members of the committee are volunteers. You can reach the committee using the Contact Us Form.

The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Program Committee (hereto forth referred to as “Queen Program Committee” or the “Committee”) is a sub-committee of Sakura Matsuri, Inc. and is based in San Francisco. Sakura Matsuri, Inc. is the parent organization of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (hereto forth referred as “NCCBF” or “the Festival”) and is comprised of volunteers, some of which have been volunteering since the inception of the Festival.

Interested in volunteering? You can reach the committee using the Contact Us Form.

Meet some of members of the committee!


Program Co-Chair | Director of Finance | Sponsorships Manager

Asaki Osato

Program Director | Graphic Designer

Jacquelyn Chew

Director of PR | Social Media Manager

Hillary Ego


Kimono Teacher

Masami Saisu

Kelly Yuka Walton

Program Co-Chair | Court Liaison | Hospitality Chair

Kelly Yuka Walton

Miki Novitski

Program Advisor | Court Advisor

Miki Novitski


Director of Finance Advisor

Tosh Mitsuda

Audio/Visual Manager | Hospitality Chair

Pat Fong

N-Tianjin crop

Ticketing & Seating Manager | Website Manager

Nina Myers


Program Chair (Emeritus) Advisor | Court Advisor

Benh Nakajo

Kelli Sum 2016 Square

Director of Operations | Court Events Manager

Kelli Sum

hiroko sato

Kimono Teacher

Hiroko Sato

Tiffany Okimura

Hospitality Chair

Tiffany Okimura

And countless of other volunteers!

Are you a former court member? Join this Facebook Group to get the latest event news and volunteer opportunities!