Who We Are

Board of Directors



Bradley Cooper, Esq., Chair | Philadelphia, PA
Chief Operating Officer, The Hana Group

Kenneth Chung, Immediate Past Chair
 | Boston, MA
Executive Vice President, Pacific & Southwest Regional Manager, Commercial Insurance

Deborah Buhles, Vice Chair | Philadelphia, PA
Vice President, Administration, Comcast

George Wu, Vice Chair | Washington, DC
Partner, The Veng Group

Erik Takayesu, Secretary | Pomona, CA
Director of Electric System Planning and Grid Modernization, Southern California Edison

Ashley Lee, Treasurer | Duluth, GA
Chair, Ken and Ashley Lee Foundation

Linda Akutagawa, President and CEO
 | Los Angeles, CA
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.

Karen Wong, Legal Counsel (ex-officio) | Los Angeles, CA
Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy



KC Choi | Sunnyvale, CA
Senior Vice President, Global Systems Engineering, Dell EMC

Scott H. Higashi | Honolulu, HI
President and CEO, Locations

William M. Kaneko, Esq. | Honolulu, HI
Director/Shareholder, Alston, Hunt, Floyd & Ing

Rizwan Kassim | Los Angeles, CA
Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, Ultra Mobile

Jim Lactaoen | Atlanta, GA
Vice President, Franchise Leadership, Coca-Cola North America Group, The Coca-Cola Company

Na-Ri Oh, MD | Foster City, CA
Director, Access Operations and Emerging Markets, Gilead Sciences

Bruce Thao | St. Paul
Director, Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Dept. of Health

Julie Xiong | Detroit, MI
Global Diversity Initiatives Manager, General Motors




Linda Akutagawa
President and CEO
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4115

Mayta Lor
Development Associate
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4105

Connie Oh
Program Coordinator
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4118

Grace Toy
Sr. Vice President of Administration & CFO
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4117

Matthew Woolsey
Director of Leadership Programs

Nancy Yap
Director of Development
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4119

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