Nelson Ishiyama is the president of Ishiyama Corporation, a diversified family company with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the Far East. He previously practiced antitrust litigation for 17 years. He left the practice of law to build and operate Henry's Fork Lodge in Idaho. He is an avid outdoorsman and passionate fly fisherman with strong interests in environmental issues and the natural sciences.
He has served as a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences for 12 years and the boards of the Exploratorium, Hearing Society for the Bay Area and the Henry's Fork Foundation. He has also been a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. He is a director of the Ishiyama Foundation.
Nelson received his B.A. from Stanford and his joint JD/MBA degrees from Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business. He is a longtime resident of Palo Alto and is married to Terrie McDonald. They have a daughter, Julia, who graduated from Stanford in 2013.