Iao Katagiri’s abundantly positive impact on our community is so far beyond what seems possible for one individual. Her life force, so strong and so good, elevated Santa Monica for the better in so many ways for over three decades. Iao, indeed, embodied and exuded Inspiration And Optimism.
Join us in honoring her and her passionate commitment to ensuring that all children have access to the highest quality early childhood care and education at the project for which she was such a driving force, the Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School. The Iao Katagiri Fund will provide tuition assistance for families whose infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers are enrolled in the Lab School, operated by Growing Place, continuing Iao’s dedication to making funding available.
Iao's work and indefatigable nature led to the seed money of over a half-million dollars for tuition assistance, through the RAND Corporation development agreement for its headquarters building. The funds raised will sustain the assistance for years to come, making it a fitting tribute to one of the most unique human beings who graced this planet and whose legacy will be the many generations of lives that will be touched by her determination to make the world a better place.