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Bich Ngoc Cao
Bich Ngoc Cao
President
Term Ending: 6-30-18
 

Bich Ngoc Cao serves as COO for Define American and #EmergingUS. She previously led special projects at the Los Angeles Times, where she proudly integrated Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants list into the LA Times mobile app. She has served in digital marketing roles at Capitol Music Group’s Harvest Records and Warner Bros. Records, where she created campaigns for artists such as TV On The Radio, Morrissey, Banks, The New Basement Tapes featuring Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford, and more. She began her career at MySpace, launching the original MySpace Music and helping to build a fledgling social network into a global entertainment destination. After MySpace, Bich Ngoc joined Bobby Shriver and Bono to co-found and launch (RED), a unique product partnership amongst global brands such as Apple, Gap, Converse and American Express, raising $100 million for AIDS programs in Africa. A lifelong Angeleno and USC alumna, Bich Ngoc is committed to public service. She wrote an essay about online organizing in the New York Times bestselling book “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country.”
 


 

Kathryn Eidmann
Kathryn Eidmann
Vice President
Term Ending: 6-30-21
 

Kathryn Eidmann is a staff attorney with Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm. As part of the Opportunity Under Law project, she brings impact litigation to advance economic justice and civil rights. Her education equity class action cases on behalf of low-income children have included challenges to the denial of the right to literacy under the U.S. constitution on behalf of Detroit students, a school district’s failure to accommodate students who are impacted by exposure to trauma, and lost learning time in high-poverty schools in California.

Prior to joining Public Counsel, Kathryn worked for the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and as a law clerk for Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. Kathryn previously served on the Commission for Community and Family Services advising the City of Los Angeles on issues of poverty and the needs of children, youth, and their families.
 


 

Mai Lassiter
Mai Lassiter
Commissioner
Term Ending: 6-30-20
 

Mai Lassiter has actively supported a variety of charitable organizations as a board member, volunteer and fundraiser.  Most recently, Lassiter has focused on organizations benefiting children and political causes.  She is a Trustee at The Center for Early Education, a Founding Member of FOCUS, an affiliate group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and of the Harry S. Huggins Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (CT) where she oversees the annual college scholarship awards selection.  She has been a committed fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee since 2003 and was a California Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She also served as a member of the National Finance Committee for Obama 2012.  Lassiter is also a consultant on marketing and branding strategies for Overbrook Entertainment, where she also serves as an advisor for Overbrook’s corporate philanthropy.  She was Vice President of Marketing at Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Records for 10 years and she began her career as a Production Assistant at ABC News.  Lassiter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. She is a native of California.
 


 

Josefa Salinas
Josefa Salinas
Commissioner
Term Ending: 6-30-19
 

Josefa Salinas is one of the few on air personalities in the radio industry that can boast successful runs in Adult Contemporary, Urban, Urban AC, Hip-Hop, Jazz, News, Talk and Crossover formats. This breakthrough Latina continues to delight fans on L.A.'s HOT 92.3 while also serving them in her role as the stations' Community Affairs Director. Josefa's innovative thinking and strategic community partnerships and alliances has led the station to win the coveted "NAB Crystal Award" in 2007 and 2014.

From 1993-1997, Josefa became known as the "Angelita de la Noche" at L.A.'s POWER 106, and created their "KNOWLEDGE IS POWER" Foundation. Josefa joined L.A.'s HOT 92.3 in the summer of 2001, where she currently hosts a daily segment on the top rated morning show. She is the host and producer of the highly acclaimed talk show "The Community Review" that airs weekly. Her non-profit foundation, The Pursuit of Excellence Institute, focuses on providing resources and support to help empower under privileged young men and women in Southern California.

In 2013, Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Josefa Salinas to the Board of Library Commissioners at the Los Angeles Public Library, where she currently holds the seat of President. There she continues to apply her community experience and expertise in revamping library programs. In 2014, Josefa was added to the prestigious roster of women acccepted into the Latina Global Executive Leadership Program sponsored by USC's Marshall School of Business.

In 2014, the National Diversity Council selected Josefa as one of 2014's Most Powerful and Influential Women. In addition to this prestigious award, she has been awarded the National Latina Business Woman of the Year in Broadcasting in 2007, the Spirit of Peace award in 2008, and in 2010, she received the President's Volunteer Service Award recognizing her undending dedication to her community.

When asked about her philosophy, Josefa states, "It is my responsibility to be the voice of those who cannot be heard. To represent the listeners' opinions, celebrations, and concerns. My dream is to continue to provide needed assistance nationwide and give the underserved a voice."

Josefa is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute Class of 2007 and is an alumni of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her family and pets.
 


 

Rita Walters
Rita Walters
Commissioner

Term Ending: 6-30-17
 

Former Los Angeles City Council member Rita Walters was a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1991-2001, representing the 9th Council District. During her tenure on the City Council, she chaired the Arts, Health and Humanities Committee, which reviewed matters related to the Library Department for the City Council. She previously served on the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education from 1979 - 1991, and was a teacher in the Adult Division of the School District for four years. Ms. Walters has a M.B.A from UCLA's Anderson School of Management and a B.A. from Shaw University.
 

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