Board of Directors
Patricia Kinaga, Chair, is an employment litigator who provides advice, workplace investigations, and training in disability accommodation to employers, bar associations and government agencies. A former member of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, she is a past president of the Japanese American Bar Association, serves on the Executive Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and co-founded APIDC.
Johnna Cho, Vice Chair, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. She handles and provides advice on a broad range of legal matters relating to the home video, digital distribution and game businesses of Warner Bros. in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Ms. Cho developed an expertise in corporate transactions as an attorney with Graham & James. Ms. Cho serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Network for Asian Pacific Americans, the business resource group for Asian American and Pacific Islander employees at Warner Bros. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from UCLA.
Akiko Koh, Treasurer, is the Chief Operations Officer at HomeUnion. She spent over 22 years at GE in leadership positions including Managing Director, Global Asset Management at GE Equipment Services and Executive Operating Officer at GE Edison Life Insurance, Japan. She was Senior Vice President of Customer Experience at American Solar Direct. Aki is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has a BS/MS in Nuclear Engineering from MIT.
Jackie Dai, Secretary, received a B.A. degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. She has been the Client’s Rights Advocate/Attorney at Disability Rights California/ Office of Client’s Rights Advocacy for the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center for over 7 years. Prior to joining Disability Rights California, Ms. Dai worked at a private law firm representing students and families in special education matters.
Mario Galdamez is the Deputy Director at Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL), a nonprofit organization that assists individuals with disabilities with a wide-range of services. Mr. Galdamez has 10 years of experience providing training, advocacy, and placement services of qualified individuals with disabilities into competitive employment. SCRS-IL Employment Program has been successfully preparing, placing, and matching individuals with disabilities with employers for over 15 years in Southern California.
Louis Herrera, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Assistive Technology from CSU Northridge. He worked for over 20 years in the aerospace industry and is now working as a Customer Programs Specialist for SoCal Gas. He has served as Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Commission on Disabilities and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the FCC’s 21st Century Communications Committee to develop standards and recommendations that will make TV and multimedia universally accessible.
Mark Matsui is the Director of Disabled Students Programs and Services at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. He worked in programs serving students with disabilities in the California Community Colleges and the California State University system for over 35 years. He established the “GO Project” and co-created the “College to Career” program at Long Beach City College. Mr. Matsui is also a Past-President of the California Association for Post-secondary Education and Disability (CAPED), the oldest professional organization of post-secondary educators of students with disabilities in the nation.
Stewart Kwoh is founding President and Executive Director of the legal and civil rights organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles. He is a nationally recognized leader on civil rights, race relations, human relations, and legal services. Stewart has served on numerous non-profit boards of directors and as Chair of the California Endowment. Through his leadership, Advancing Justice acts a fiscal sponsor and provides capacity training for non-profit organizations.
Alfonso Nguyen, a consumer with a physical disability, is a Rehabilitation Specialist for the Northern Sierra District Department of Rehabilitation, coordinating services with high schools, community colleges, adult education programs and the County Department of Mental Health. Alfonso also serves on the Board of Directors of the South East Asian Community Center, which supports new refugees from Asia.
Honorable Norman Mineta. Secretary Norman Y. Mineta (ret.) is well known for his work in transportation – including aviation, surface transportation, and infrastructure – and national security. He is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, budgetary issues and civil rights, as well as his perspective from having served in Congress for over 20 years and in the Cabinets of both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Alice Wong. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, she now calls San Francisco home. In addition to working as a staff research associate at the University of California, San Francisco’s Community Living Policy Center, Wong also serves as a presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability. She is also active in the world of the interwebs, contributing occasionally to various disability and social justice-oriented blogs, including the Asian American/Pacific Islander-focused 18MillionRising, and her own highly-trafficked Twitter timelines (@SFdirewolf and @Disvisibility).