Mia Russell is the Executive Director of the Friends of Minidoka, the Idaho-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Minidoka Japanese American incarceration site. Russell is also the Manager of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Consortium, a nationwide coalition of preservation, education, and advocacy organizations working to elevate the history and social justice lessons of the WWII experience of Japanese Americans. Russell earned a B.A. in the humanities from Soka University of America and an M.A. in Applied Historical Research from Boise State University. For her graduate thesis, she developed Minidoka NHS, a walking tour mobile app for Minidoka National Historic Site. She is a co-author of Minidoka National Historic Site (Images of America).