Mika is currently director of communications at The Scripps Research Institute, a nonprofit biomedical research organization headquartered in La Jolla, California, where she defines the institute's communications strategy and tactics and spearheads branding, media/public relations and marketing efforts, as well as supporting executive communications. Previously, she held staff positions in New York City at The Rockefeller Group (which included Rockefeller Center Management, Radio City Music Hall, and Cushman & Wakefield), The Rockefeller University, and public relations agency Geto & deMilly.
She has also worked on a freelance basis for organizations including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Chiron Corporation (now part of Novartis), Lowy Medical Research Institute and Beth Israel Hospital. Projects have included creating annual reports, newsletters, white papers, brochures and website content.
Mika has received many awards for her work.
Mika authored Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2010), with Yuan Wang, L.Ac., and Warren Sheir, L.Ac. A winner in the International Book Awards, San Diego Book Awards, and Living Now Book Awards, the work provides an overview of traditional Chinese medicine, anecdotes about various herbs and goods, and more than 150 recipes. For more information, see the Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen website and blog.
Mika worked with a former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to complete his private memoirs, Tough Choices: The Story of an Extraordinary Life at the Heart of American Politics, Business, and Medicine. The work covers his formative years through medical school, service in the Korean War, and leadership positions in government, business, and nonprofit organizations. A follow-up project included a pamphlet, A New Day: Embracing Opportunities for a Meaningful Retirement.
She also contributed chapters to San Francisco: Built on the Entrepreneurial Spirit, From the Gold Rush to Cyberspace (Chamber of Commerce, Marcoa Publishing).
Mika is currently editing Out of the Mud Grows the Lotus (and the Wisteria), the memoirs of a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist minister who served various California communities throughout his long and interesting career.
A regular contributor to the Books Section of Essence Magazine, Mika has reviewed books including: When She Was White by Judith Stone; Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thingo; Someone Knows My Name: A Novel (released as The Book of Negroes in Canada) by Lawrence Hill; Shame of the Nation by Jonathan Kozol; Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke; Letters from Black America by Pamela Newkirk; The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell; and Train of Salt and Sugar by Licinio De Azevedo.
Mika also contributes health and wellness articles to the Huffington Post, Yang Sheng, and other publications.
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