• Stuart Waldman

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    Name: Stuart Waldman

    Title: President

    VICA Assignments: Oversight of all VICA operations with emphasis on advocacy and development.

    Education: J.D. from Loyola Law School; B.A. from Cal State, Northridge in political science; A.A. from LA Valley College in German; LAUSD schools

    Favorite book: Art of War by Sun Tzu

    Team I’d most like to play on: U.S. Soccer team

    Source of inspiration: My wife

    Most underrated value: Loyalty

    Secret passion (recreation): world travel

    Favorite vacation spot: Latin America

    Historical figure you’d most like to have over for dinner: Golda Meir

    Vision for the Valley: A Valley with great public schools, a world class public transportation system, and a thriving business community.

         

    Jessica Yasukochi

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    Name: Jessica Yasukochi

    Title: Vice President

    VICA Assignments: A little bit of everything, VICA finances

    Education: Graduate from Wilder High School in Idaho and from CSU, Northridge with a degree in Asian American studies and a minor in political science

    Grew up in: Wilder, Idaho and Shizuoka, Japan

    Favorite job: Guest Relations Lead at Magic Mountain

    Favorite book: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

    Sources of inspiration: My parents; Children being nice to people for no reason other than being nice

    Most underrated value: Organization

    Most admired people: My parents and my husband

    Historical figures you’d most like to have over for dinner: President Lincoln or Jane Austen

    Vision for the Valley: A transportation-friendly Valley (more public transit services)

         
    Helene Chemel

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    Name: Helene Chemel

    Title: Membership Director

    VICA Assignments: All things Revenue: membership, sponsorships, advertising

    Education: CSUN – Marketing, Journalism Studies

    Grew up in: Woodland Hills and Teaneck, New Jersey

    Last job: Ad Director, Tribe Magazine

    Favorite book: Have a Little Faith

    Sources of inspiration: Early morning  joggers and my daughter

    Most admired people: My parents

    Favorite vacation spot: New York City

    Secret passion: Hunting for treasures at yard sales!

    Historical figures you’d most like to have over for dinner: Golda Meir and Anne Frank

    Favorite musician: Chicago

    Most underrated value: Good manners!

       

     

     

     

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    Name: Elizabeth Hawley

    Title: Legislative Affairs Manager

    VICA Assignments: Elizabeth staffs VICA's Government Affairs; Entertainment; Manufacturing; and International Trade committees. She works on analysis of legislation; position paper drafting; policy committee management; testifying at local and state governance meetings; relationship building with elected officials and their staff.

    Education: M.Sc. in Comparative Public Policy from University of Edinburgh; B.A. Politics from Queen Mary, University of London  

    Grew up in: England and California

    Favorite Author: Philippa Gregory

    Source of Inspiration: My Family

    Most underrated value: Generosity

    Secret Passion: Cooking

    Favorite Vacation Spot: Greece

         

     

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    Name: Sarah Golden

    Title: Legislative Affairs Manager

    VICA Assignments: Sarah staffs VICA's Land Use, Labor and Employment and Healthcare committees. She works on analysis of legislation; position paper drafting; policy committee management; testifying at local and state governance meetings; relationship building with elected officials and their staff.

    Education: Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School, B.A. Political Science with a concentration in American Politics from Tulane University

    Grew up in: Calabasas, CA

    Favorite Author: Henry Kissinger 

    Source of inspiration: Beautiful sunny days

    Most underrated value: Honesty

    Most admired people: My grandparents, parents, and husband

    Secret passion: Baking

    Favorite vacation spot: Tel Aviv 

         

     

       
    Athena Motavvef

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    Name: Armando Flores

    Title: Administrative Assistant

    VICA Assignments: Armando staffs VICA's Energy, Environment and Utilities Committee. He is also responsible for many aspects of VICA's communications, and provides support in membership and events.

    Education: B.A. in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz

    Grew up in: Van Nuys, CA

    Favorite Book: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

    Source of inspiration: My Father

    Most underrated value: Perseverance

    Most admired people: Those who overcome adversity

    Secret passion: Baseball

    Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with a rich culture

    Historical figure you’d most like to have over for dinner: Sigmund Freud