David's experience began nearly 20 years ago as an East Los Angeles community organizer. Today, he is an expert in capacity and coalition building, community engagement, economic and policy development, social and health services, grant management, fund development, and land use. Serving the diverse communities of Los Angeles, he has worked with nonprofits, local government, and with the private sector. He served for three years as Executive Director of Central City Neighborhood Partners and was Chief Deputy of Legislation and Policy to former L.A. City Councilmember Mike Hernandez. He is a graduate of the University of La Verne with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Studies.
MICHAEL R. KODAMA
Michael is a multiple award-winning urban planner with a background in the areas of transportation planning, funding, economic development, environmental, and land use. During the past 15 years, he has worked throughout the United States and internationally on a wide range of projects involving highway, rail (passenger and freight), transportation demand management, traffic safety, goods movement, parking management, waste management, parks and recreation, foreign trade zones, e-government, environmental justice, and downtown revitalization. He was vice-chair of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI) and a State Senate Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Commission member. He holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from UCLA and currently teaches Transportation Planning at the University of Southern California.
Ellen is a media specialist and professional writer. Her professional career has encompassed ethnic and mainstream media, nonprofit management, and television and motion picture production. She has served as Executive Director of the Asian American Journalists Association, Chief Operating Officer of the Go For Broke National Education Center, Managing Editor of The Rafu Shimpo (Los Angeles Japanese Daily News), Senior Vice President of Series for MGM/United Artists Television Productions, Executive Vice President of Republic Pictures Television Productions, and Comedy Series Executive with the ABC Television Network. She is a consultant to the Disney/ABC Television Group as well as other entertainment companies. Ellen is also an experienced grant writer and fundraiser and holds a certificate in Fundraising from Indiana University. She has served on the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors and chaired the organization's annual Scholarship and Awards Gala.
Victor possesses extensive experience in nonprofit administration, live entertainment production, fine arts development, and venue management in Northern and Southern California and Arizona. As General Manager of the Aratani/Japan America Theatre, he was responsible for bringing top performers from Japan while also introducing influential artists representing diverse cultures from around the globe. Prior to serving as Director of Operations and Administration for the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, he was General Manager of the Los Angeles Pops Orchestra (1980-92) and President of Fine Arts Development for San Francisco, welcoming performers ranging from the Bolshoi Ballet to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.