Wendy Hanamura is the Director of Partnerships at the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries. For 20 years, the Internet Archive has provided learners everywhere with free access to 302 billion Web pages, 11 million texts, 2.9 million films and videos, and 3 million audio recordings—a vast collection of our cultural heritage. Building on a career in non-profit media, Hanamura’s areas of responsibility include communication and content strategy, strategic planning, fundraising, and partnership building, all in service of the Internet Archive’s mission: universal access to knowledge.
One of her favorite assignments is actively building a stronger and deeper collaboration with Wikimedia Foundation, through joint projects, technology, and shared media. Hanamura also serves as an advisor to Whose Knowledge?, a global campaign to make the knowledge on the internet more diverse. She made her very first Wikipedia edit at a Wikipedia Edi-a-thon at UC Berkeley focusing on Dalit History Month.
Previously, as Chief Digital Officer of KCETLink and Vice President and General Manger of Link TV, Hanamura led diverse content teams creating media for social change. Hanamura began her career in journalism as a photo editor for Time magazine. She’s reported and produced television content around the world for CBS, World Monitor Television, NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation), and PBS. Her favorite project remains Honor Bound: A Personal Journey, the documentary she produced about her father and his storied unit, the Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
Hanamura graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and she was a Rotary International Fellow at the University of Tokyo, studying architecture with Fumihiko Maki.