Emeritus Board of Directors

 
Shawn Chou is Attorney at Law with the Vida Law Group, APC, an immigration firm that specializes in business and family-based petitions. He was recognized as “Top Attorney” by Pasadena Magazine twice and received an award from the Los Angeles Pathfinder Asian American Senior Association. Shawn joined our Board of Directors in 2013, and served as our 2014 Gala Chair. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and law degree at the Loyola Marymount University.

Shawn Chou is Attorney at Law with the Vida Law Group, APC, an immigration firm that specializes in business and family-based petitions. He was recognized as “Top Attorney” by Pasadena Magazine twice and received an award from the Los Angeles Pathfinder Asian American Senior Association. Shawn joined our Board of Directors in 2013, and served as our 2014 Gala Chair. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley and law degree at the Loyola Marymount University.

Shawn Chou
Chairman

Elaine Kim is a Partner at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Elaine’s focus is on commercial and intellectual property litigation. She has been repeatedly recognized by SuperLawyers as a Southern California Rising Star in the area of intellectual property.

Elaine Kim is a Partner at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. Elaine’s focus is on commercial and intellectual property litigation. She has been repeatedly recognized by SuperLawyers as a Southern California Rising Star in the area of intellectual property.

Elaine Kim


Bill Watanabe was the founding Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) in downtown Los Angeles. For 32 years, he guided its growth, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, from a one-person staff to a multi-faceted social services and community development program with 150 paid staff, many of whom are bilingual in any of eight Asian Pacific languages and Spanish. Bill retired from LTSC in June 2012.  While at LTSC Bill helped to establish several key service organizations such as the Asian Pacific Community Fund, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, and the Little Tokyo Community Council. Bill is also the founder of the API National Historic Preservation Forum.  Bill has an MSW from UCLA, is married and has one daughter and lives in Silver Lake near downtown Los Angeles.

Bill Watanabe was the founding Executive Director of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) in downtown Los Angeles. For 32 years, he guided its growth, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, from a one-person staff to a multi-faceted social services and community development program with 150 paid staff, many of whom are bilingual in any of eight Asian Pacific languages and Spanish. Bill retired from LTSC in June 2012.

While at LTSC Bill helped to establish several key service organizations such as the Asian Pacific Community Fund, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, and the Little Tokyo Community Council. Bill is also the founder of the API National Historic Preservation Forum.

Bill has an MSW from UCLA, is married and has one daughter and lives in Silver Lake near downtown Los Angeles.

Bill Watanabe

Jenny is the Partner-in-Charge of the Glendale office of Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP, a regional, full-service CPA firm that started in 1922. Jenny has extensive experience in providing accounting, audit, tax and business consulting services to individuals and small to medium sized businesses, including law firms and professional services companies, manufacturing and distribution, and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Jenny is the Treasurer for Ascencia and Asian Women In Business – Southern California. She is also the immediate Past President of Asian Business League of Southern California. Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from UCLA and Masters of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Jenny is the Partner-in-Charge of the Glendale office of Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP, a regional, full-service CPA firm that started in 1922. Jenny has extensive experience in providing accounting, audit, tax and business consulting services to individuals and small to medium sized businesses, including law firms and professional services companies, manufacturing and distribution, and not-for-profit organizations. Currently, Jenny is the Treasurer for Ascencia and Asian Women In Business – Southern California. She is also the immediate Past President of Asian Business League of Southern California. Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from UCLA and Masters of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

Jenny Chen


Amanda Ma is Founder & CEO of Innovate Marketing Group, an experiential event and management company where she oversees event strategy and brand integration for clients such as DIRECTV, East West Bank, and County of Los Angeles. She was named one of Pasadena Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” and is regularly featured in print media, broadcast media, and various speaking engagements at industry events. Amanda joined our Board in 2015. An alumnus of Boston University (BU), she is also active with Step Up Women’s Network, Asian Business Association, and BU Alumni Association.

Amanda Ma is Founder & CEO of Innovate Marketing Group, an experiential event and management company where she oversees event strategy and brand integration for clients such as DIRECTV, East West Bank, and County of Los Angeles. She was named one of Pasadena Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” and is regularly featured in print media, broadcast media, and various speaking engagements at industry events. Amanda joined our Board in 2015. An alumnus of Boston University (BU), she is also active with Step Up Women’s Network, Asian Business Association, and BU Alumni Association.

Amanda Ma


Jerry Wu is a VP of Accounts with First American Title, the nation’s largest single title insurance and settlement services provider. Jerry specializes in residential, commercial, and vacant land title services. Jerry has been the recipient of the DPK Circle of Excellence award, the highest achievement given at First American Title.  Jerry is deeply involved within the real estate community and currently sits on multiple committees with the Tri-Counties Association of Realtors. He is also an executive board member with the Asian Real Estate Association of America – Tri county chapter.  During his free time, Jerry enjoys collecting and playing guitars, boxing, and riding his motorcycle.

Jerry Wu is a VP of Accounts with First American Title, the nation’s largest single title insurance and settlement services provider. Jerry specializes in residential, commercial, and vacant land title services. Jerry has been the recipient of the DPK Circle of Excellence award, the highest achievement given at First American Title.

Jerry is deeply involved within the real estate community and currently sits on multiple committees with the Tri-Counties Association of Realtors. He is also an executive board member with the Asian Real Estate Association of America – Tri county chapter.

During his free time, Jerry enjoys collecting and playing guitars, boxing, and riding his motorcycle.

Jerry Wu

A third-generation Chinese American born in Los Angeles, Rick Eng is a community volunteer. Among his past and present nonprofit community organization Board involvement includes El Pueblo Park Association; Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) National and the Los Angeles Chapter; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Chinese Historical Society of Southern California; Project NEO; and Alhambra Educational Foundation where he also served as its executive director. He currently serves as program director for OCA-Greater Los Angeles.

A third-generation Chinese American born in Los Angeles, Rick Eng is a community volunteer. Among his past and present nonprofit community organization Board involvement includes El Pueblo Park Association; Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.) National and the Los Angeles Chapter; Asian Pacific Community Fund; Chinese Historical Society of Southern California; Project NEO; and Alhambra Educational Foundation where he also served as its executive director. He currently serves as program director for OCA-Greater Los Angeles.

Rick Eng


A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Law School, Jeri Okamoto-Tanaka practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a litigator before joining Los Angeles Assemblymember Caldera as the District Director and API Community Liaison, where she co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legislative Staff Network. Her board involvement includes APCF (1998-2004), Little Tokyo Service Center (1994-2017), Families with Children from China-SoCal (1998-2009), UCLA China Care Bruins Youth Mentorship Program (2005-Present), and OCA-Greater Los Angeles (Present). She also volunteers with the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, the Okaeri: Nikkei LGBTQ gatherings, and her progressive faith community. Honors/Certifications include: OCA National Unsung Hero; Asian Americans Advancing Justice (APALC) Community Service Award; Creative Nonfiction Certificate (UCLA Writers Program); Life-Legacies facilitator; Amherst Writers & Artists instructor -- and Mom to two empowered daughters!

A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Loyola Law School, Jeri Okamoto-Tanaka practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a litigator before joining Los Angeles Assemblymember Caldera as the District Director and API Community Liaison, where she co-founded the Asian Pacific American Legislative Staff Network. Her board involvement includes APCF (1998-2004), Little Tokyo Service Center (1994-2017), Families with Children from China-SoCal (1998-2009), UCLA China Care Bruins Youth Mentorship Program (2005-Present), and OCA-Greater Los Angeles (Present). She also volunteers with the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, the Okaeri: Nikkei LGBTQ gatherings, and her progressive faith community. Honors/Certifications include: OCA National Unsung Hero; Asian Americans Advancing Justice (APALC) Community Service Award; Creative Nonfiction Certificate (UCLA Writers Program); Life-Legacies facilitator; Amherst Writers & Artists instructor -- and Mom to two empowered daughters!

Jeri Okamoto-Tanaka


Tony Yu is the second generation owner of DSG Insurance Services, Inc., a family-owned and independent insurance brokerage that offers commercial, life, and real estate insurance solutions. He was formerly a trust attorney at the international law firm of Holland Knight, and is also a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. Tony joined our Board in 2013 and currently serves as our Board Chairman. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business-economics, Communications, and Accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles and law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Tony currently holds a 9 golf handicap.

Tony Yu is the second generation owner of DSG Insurance Services, Inc., a family-owned and independent insurance brokerage that offers commercial, life, and real estate insurance solutions. He was formerly a trust attorney at the international law firm of Holland Knight, and is also a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. Tony joined our Board in 2013 and currently serves as our Board Chairman. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business-economics, Communications, and Accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles and law degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Tony currently holds a 9 golf handicap.

Tony Yu

Dennis Huang is the Founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Dennis Huang, focusing on estate planning and asset protection. He previously practiced at AmLaw 100 law firms in New York and Los Angeles as a transactional M&A and securities lawyer. In his current practice, he assists families, individuals and small businesses with wealth planning through the use of trusts and corporate structures. He received his bachelors degree from the University of California Los Angeles and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a James Wilson scholar. Dennis is an active member of the La Canada Flintridge community, where he resides with his wife and three children.

Dennis Huang is the Founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Dennis Huang, focusing on estate planning and asset protection. He previously practiced at AmLaw 100 law firms in New York and Los Angeles as a transactional M&A and securities lawyer. In his current practice, he assists families, individuals and small businesses with wealth planning through the use of trusts and corporate structures. He received his bachelors degree from the University of California Los Angeles and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a James Wilson scholar. Dennis is an active member of the La Canada Flintridge community, where he resides with his wife and three children.

Dennis Huang


Mona Shah is one of our newest Emeritus Board members who joined in 2016. She practiced law with Wilson Elser for near 9 years and is very active in the South Asian law community. After earning a BA in Political Science from UC Irvine, she pursued law at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and earned a JD. She currently maintains an active mediation practice and is a Lecturer In Law at USC Gould School of Law. Mona is a lifelong California resident and currently lives with her husband and two young daughters.

Mona Shah is one of our newest Emeritus Board members who joined in 2016. She practiced law with Wilson Elser for near 9 years and is very active in the South Asian law community. After earning a BA in Political Science from UC Irvine, she pursued law at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and earned a JD. She currently maintains an active mediation practice and is a Lecturer In Law at USC Gould School of Law. Mona is a lifelong California resident and currently lives with her husband and two young daughters.

Mona Shah

Currently a returning student at UC Berkeley, Sheng Huang was previously at Morgan Stanley were he focus on overall business development and portfolio implementation, as well as coordinated and manage the support staff functions of his group, including supervision of our staff to ensure and maintain an exceptional level of service for every client. In 2012, he was nominated and received the Service Excellent Award at Complex level, then won at Regional level, and then voted by the firm wide employees and managements to win the highest level representing Western division. He has a B.S. degree in Management Science from UCSD. My family and I moved to the US when I was 16 from Taiwan. I am a proud father of a little girl.

Currently a returning student at UC Berkeley, Sheng Huang was previously at Morgan Stanley were he focus on overall business development and portfolio implementation, as well as coordinated and manage the support staff functions of his group, including supervision of our staff to ensure and maintain an exceptional level of service for every client. In 2012, he was nominated and received the Service Excellent Award at Complex level, then won at Regional level, and then voted by the firm wide employees and managements to win the highest level representing Western division. He has a B.S. degree in Management Science from UCSD. My family and I moved to the US when I was 16 from Taiwan. I am a proud father of a little girl.

Sheng Huang Lin


Marian Shima is an award-winning marketing communications and public affairs executive with nonprofit and corporate experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii and a certificate in Sustainability from the University of California, Irvine. Marian is currently the Vice President of Programs & Public Affairs at the Town Hall Los Angeles.

Marian Shima is an award-winning marketing communications and public affairs executive with nonprofit and corporate experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Hawaii and a certificate in Sustainability from the University of California, Irvine. Marian is currently the Vice President of Programs & Public Affairs at the Town Hall Los Angeles.

Marian Shima

 


APCF Board History

1990

Alan Kumamoto, Alan Woo, Art Tang, Art Takei, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Collin Lai, Dennis Nishikawa, Frank Kwan, Frank Renoloyan, Gladys Lee, Kazue Shibata, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Miya Iwataki, Royal Morales

1991

Alan Kumamoto, Alan Woo, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Collin Lai, Dennis Nishikawa, Ford Kuramoto, Gladys Lee, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mike Watanabe, Miya Iwataki, Royal Morales, Sharon Katakura

1992

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Dennis Nishikawa, Ford Kuramoto, Kerry Doi, Mike Watanabe, Miya Iwataki, Sharon Katakura

1993 – 1994

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Dennis Nishikawa, Hernani Cristobal, Joel Jacinto, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Miya Iwataki, Sion Ferrer, Susan Maquuindang, Wes Tanaka

1995

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Miya Iwataki, Rod Nakamoto, Wes Tanaka

1996

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Miya Iwataki, Rod Nakamoto

1997

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Miya Iwataki, Rod Nakamoto, Wes Tanaka

1998

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Miya Iwataki, Rod Nakamoto, Wes Tanaka

1999

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Miya Iwataki, Rod Nakamoto, Sheri Sakamoto-Cheung, Wes Tanaka

2000

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Miya Iwataki, Rob Fukuzaki, Rod Nakamoto, Sheri Sakamoto-Cheung, Stuart Ahn

2001

Alan Kumamoto, Art Tang, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Kerry Doi, Marian Shima, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Miya Iwataki, Rob Fukuzaki, Rod Nakamoto, Sheri Sakamoto-Cheung, Stuart Ahn

2002

Alan Kumamoto, Betty Kosaza, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Judith Zitter, Kerry Doi, Marian Shima, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Miya Iwataki, Rob Fukuzaki, Rod Nakamoto, Stuart Ahn

2003

Alan Kumamoto, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Kerry Doi, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Miya Iwataki, Rob Fukuzaki, Rod Nakamoto, Sheri Sakamoto-Cheung

2004

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Francis Nakano, Jeri Okamoto Tanaka, Judith Zitter, Kerry Doi, Marian Shima, Marissa Castro-Salvati, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Miya Iwataki, Rob Fukuzaki, Rod Nakamoto, Sheri Sakamoto-Cheung

2005

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Dan Morihiro, Gena Lew, Grace Lou, Judith Zitter, Jeremy Zhu, Kerry Doi, Marian Shima, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Rob Fukuzaki, Rob Yap, Rod Nakamoto, Russell Sakaguchi, Stephen Kawamura, Susan Wu, Suzanne Nagami, Thary Ung

2006

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Charles Chang, Dan Morihiro, Grace Lou, Jeremy Zhu, Kerry Doi, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Miya Iwataki, Rob Fukuzaki, Rob Yap, Rod Nakamoto, Russell Sakaguchi

2007

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Charles Chang, Dan Morihiro, Gilbert Tong, Grace Lou, Jeremy Zhu, Kerry Doi, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Miya Iwataki, Rob Yap, Rod Nakamoto, Russell Sakaguchi, Stephen Kawamura, Susan Wu, Suzanne Nagami

2008

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Catherine Chuck, Charles Chang, Dan Morihiro, Gilbert Tong, Grace Lou, Jeremy Zhu, Kerry Doi, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Rob Yap, Rod Nakamoto, Russell Sakaguchi, Susan Wu, Suzanne Nagami, Thary Ung

2009

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Charles Chang, Dan Morihiro, Gilbert Tong, Grace Lou, Jeremy Zhu, Kerry Doi, Lawrence Ng, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Rob Yap, Russell Sakaguchi, Stephen Kawamura, Susan Wu, Suzanne Nagami, Thary Ung

2010

Alan Kumamoto, Bill Watanabe, Charles Chang, Cyndie Chang, Dan Morihiro, Eve Yen, Gilbert Tong, Henry Wang, Hogan Lee, Jeremy Zhu, Kai Ma, Lawrence Ng, Mei Ong, Michael Chee, Michelle Ko, Rob Yap, Shinae Yoon, Tanya Raukko, Vivian Isarahharm

2011

Bill Watanabe, Charles Chang, Cyndie Chang, Henry Wang, Michael Chee, Michelle Ko, Shinae Yoon, Tanya Raukko, Vivian Isarahharm

2012

Bill Watanabe, Charles Chang, Cyndie Chang, Dan Morihiro, Gilbert Tong, Henry Wang, Hogan Lee, Michael Chee, Michelle Ko, Monique Johnson, Norman Lee, Rick Eng, Rob Yap, Shinae Yoon, Tanya Raukko, Vivian Isarahharm

2013

Bill Watanabe, Clinton Foy, Cyndie Chang, Dan Morihiro, Emily Liu Foy, Gilbert Tong, Henry Wang, Hogan Lee, Michael Chee, Michelle Ko, Norman Lee, Rick Eng, Rob Yap, Shinae Yoon, Tanya Raukko, Vivian Isarahharm

2014

Brian Chu, Clayton Chun, Dan Morihiro, Gilbert Tong, Henry Wang, Jason Yu, Joseph Min, Kelly Wong, Michael Chee, Michelle Ko, Monica Lin, Norman Lee, Rick Eng, Rob Yap, Shawn Chou, Shinae Yoon, Tiffany Kuo, Tony Yu

2015

Amanda Ma, Angela Sheldon, Brian Chu, Chan Fong, Clayton Chun, Evie Jeang, Jason Yu, Joanne Tran, Joseph Min, Kelly Wong, Michael Chee, Michelle Ko, Norman Lee, Rob Yap, Shawn Chou, Tiffany Kuo, Tony Yu

2016

Amanda Ma, Benjamin Tran, Brian Chu, Chan Fong, Dennis Huang, Evie Jeang, Jason Yu, Jenner Tseng, Jenny Chen, Jerry Wu, Joanne Tran, Joseph Min, Kelly Wong, Michael Lee, Michelle Ko, Mona Shah, Nelson Lee, Rob Yap, Shawn Chou, Steven Lin, Tiffany Kuo, Tony Yu

2017

Amanda Ma, Annie Chen, Benjamin Tran, Brian Chu, Chan Fong, Dennis Huang, Elaine Kim, Jason Yu, Jenner Tseng, Jenny Chen, Jerry Wu, Joanne Tran, Kelly Knott, Michael Lee, Michelle Ko, Minae Yu, Mona Shah, Steven Lin, Wendy On

2018

Amanda Ma, Amy Kaizuka, Annie Chen, Benjamin Tran, Brian Chu, Chan Fong, Dennis Huang, Elaine Kim, Elaine Quach, Jason Yu, Jenner Tseng, Jenny Chen, Jerry Wu, Joanne Tran, Kay Ko, Kelly Knott, Michael Lee, Michelle Ko, Mike Chou, Minae Yu, Mona Shah, Tony Chou, Wendy On, William Wong