Bich Ngoc Cao
Term Ending: 6-30-23
Bích Ngọc Cao is a digital media and marketing executive whose career spans startups, media, entertainment, government and nonprofits. She currently serves as Senior Advisor, Communications, for the Office of the Superintendent at the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Previously, she was COO at Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media and culture change organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. Prior to Define American, Bích Ngọc led special projects at the Los Angeles Times, where she worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jonathan Gold and Jose Antonio Vargas on building new digital initiatives. She began her career at MySpace, launching the original MySpace Music and leading editorial as a core member of the team that built a fledgling social network into a global entertainment destination. After MySpace, Bích Ngọc 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. As of December 2018, (RED) has generated $600 million to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. She served as digital marketing director at Capitol Music Group’s Harvest Records and Warner Bros. Records, where she created campaigns for artists such as TV On The Radio, Banks, The New Basement Tapes (featuring Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford), and The Veronicas.
She serves on the board of directors of Mother Jones, a reader-supported investigative news organization, as well as the board of advisors for the Climate Emergency Fund and Define American. Bích Ngọc wrote an essay about online organizing in the New York Times-bestselling book “MoveOn’s 50 Ways to Love Your Country.”
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.
Term Ending: 6-30-22
Dale Franzen has over 30 years of experience in the creative arts industry as an Opera Singer, Artistic Director, Producer, Public Speaker, Mentor, and Consultant. Dale started her career as a classically trained soprano in both musical theater, operetta, and opera working with icons like Placido Domingo, Frederica Von Stade, Jonathan Miller, Sir Peter Hall to name a few. After over twenty years as a singer, Dale's career took a surprising and wonderful turn as she was asked to create a performing arts center in Santa Monica, California, to serve the community. Fast forward a few years, Dale raised over $123-million dollars to build and run The Broad Stage and served as its Founding Director for 17 years and Founding Artistic Director for 7 seasons.
After stepping down as the Founding Artistic Director, Dale found her career embarking on another new path and is now the lead producer of a new musical called Hadestown, a musical inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. As a public speaking lecturer and strategic mentor to non-profits and artists, Dale has worked with hundreds of performers, non-performers, non-profits, and artists. Her work includes classes, retreats, consulting, and one-on-ones. Dale enjoys working with artists, emerging arts leaders, and interns to help launch their careers.
In her free time, Dale loves to travel, enjoy a good cup of tea, hula dancing, gardening, singing with her ukulele, and throwing a fun dinner party. Dale has been married for over 35 years to the love of her life, Don, and the mother of three original and talented children. One of her greatest joys in life is working with her daughter, Alexandra, attending a concert of her son, Ben, and getting a Thai massage from her daughter, Olivia.
Term Ending: 6-30-24
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. 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.
Term Ending: 6-30-25
Arianne Edmonds is a proud 5th generation Angeleno, social impact professional, archivist and storyteller. In 2017 she founded the J.L. Edmonds Project, an initiative dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Liberator, an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper founded by her great-great grandfather, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds. Ms. Edmonds is the keeper of her family’s archive and has committed over a decade to uncovering forgotten stories hidden away in libraries and repositories around the nation.
In late 2017, Ms. Edmonds and her father, Paul Edmonds, secured a partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library to digitize The Liberator newspaper and offer it the public for the first time in over a century. Later her research and family history was showcased in the 2019 award winning New York Times 1619 project. In early 2021, she collaborated with the Los Angeles Public Library Octavia Lab and contributed a foreword for the Hidden Heroes, Historic Places coloring book.
Ms. Edmonds created numerous public programs and curated exhibitions about African American stories, memories and legacy with numerous institutional partners around the country including: California African American Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York along with LA City Hall and Los Angeles Public Library. She spent close to six years at the Taproot Foundation where she lead and facilitated creative design thinking sessions for companies like NBC, Disney, American Express and Capital One. Throughout her career she’s developed social impact campaigns for fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and government agencies. Her most recent community campaign was in partnership with the Census Open Innovation Lab in Washington DC, tasked with creating awareness in hard-to-count communities for the 2020 Census.
Ms. Edmonds sits on the Friends of the Library board at the Los Angeles Public Library Rare Books & Special Collections as well as the History Council of California African American Museum. She is the recipient of the 2019, 40 under 40 Emerging Civic Leaders Award presented by former LA County Supervisor, Mark Ridley Thomas and is a 2020/2021 Civic Media Fellow at USC Annenberg Media Lab, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She received her B.S. degree in Communications from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and currently lives in Los Angeles.