Yoko Matsumoto recently began a new chapter in her professional career, taking the helm of Arlington's libraries.
Matsumoto, a 1996 history graduate who came to UTA on a volleyball scholarship, has 20 years of experience in both libraries and education, including roles the past seven years as literacy coordinator, library services manager, and library administrator for the city of Arlington.
She also earned a master's in educational leadership and policy studies from UTA in 2006.
Her recent accomplishments include establishing the Literacy House location in downtown Arlington to support adult literacy and collaborating with the Arlington Independent School District to support early childhood literacy through implementing unique programs to enhance existing services and increasing participation in the Summer Reading Club.
Those initiatives illustrate how Matsumoto strives to make Arlington a place where people want to live, work, and play.
"I came to Arlington as a UTA student athlete. I fell in love with the city. My family and I live here and are actively involved in our community," Matsumoto says.
Her previous experience includes a two-year stint in the U.S. Peace Corps in West Africa and six years as a teacher and coach for various public school districts in Texas.