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. He left the practice of law to work for the Ishiyama Corporation and 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 and the boards of the Exploratorium, Hearing Society for the Bay Area, the Asian Pacific Fund, and the Henry's Fork Foundation. He is a director of the Ishiyama Foundation. He has been a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors and has served on the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center since 2010.
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, Stanford ‘74. They have a daughter, Julia, Stanford, ’13, JD ’19.