Who We Are

Board of Directors



Kenneth Chung, Chair | Boston, MA
Senior Vice President, Western Territory Field Underwriting Officer 
Chubb Commercial Insurance

Thelma Kailiwai, Immediate Past Chair | Lexington, MA
Director of Staff, Strategic Development IDS, Raytheon Company (retired)

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

Anh Tran, Secretary | Los Angeles, CA
Educational Program Manager, Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership

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

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



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

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

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

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

David Lin | Bedminster, NJ
Vice President, Public Affairs and Advocacy, IW Group

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

Giancarlo Pacheco | Los Angeles, CA
President and Co-Founder, PCA

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

Rena Miwako Wheaton | Malibu, CA
President, The Wheaton Group

George Wu | Washington, DC
Partner, The Veng Group

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




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

Steve Lin
Program Manager
(213) 485-1422 ext. 4118

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

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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