A seasoned conference administrator, Iwaoka brings to Loyola twenty years of experience from the Big Ten Conference, where she began as an Assistant Commissioner for Compliance. She was later promoted to Associate Commissioner for Governance and Legislative Systems and became the Big Ten's first female officer as Secretary to its Council of Presidents/Chancellors. In this role, Iwaoka developed her expertise on conference, NCAA governance, and legislative systems and identifying strategies for conference leadership to protect and promote the key interests of its membership. Throughout her career at the Big Ten, she served as primary staff liaison to the conference Faculty Representatives, Administrators, and various constituent groups with an emphasis on academics, student-athlete welfare, gender equity, and diversity issues.
Iwaoka is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and began an unchartered career as the Assistant to the Faculty Representative at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned her bachelor's degree in Anthropology. A former NACWAA Administrator of the Year recipient, Iwaoka has also served on the Collegiate Commissioners Association Compliance Administrators group and chaired its Governance and Deregulation/ Simplification Subcommittees. Her contributions to various NCAA regional and national committees, working groups, and task forces include the NCAA Division I Legislative Council, the Administration Cabinet, the former NCAA Management Council and Division I Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet; and past Chair of the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and Division I Financial Aid Committee. Iwaoka maintains an active interest in the social and cultural elements of intercollegiate athletics and promoting its integration/balance within the broader educational mission of higher education.
Iwaoka resides in Chicago, and recently became an empty nester when her 18-year old daughter Kelsey entered college as a freshman this fall.