Stuart Waldman, President
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, Vice President
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 son; 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: I would love to have a beer with President George W. Bush, and dinner with Julia Child
Vision for the Valley: A transportation-friendly Valley (more public transit services)
Cathy Mendoza, Office Manager
Cathy will be the first point of contact for many VICA members and partners. She is responsible for the day-to-day running of VICA's office, as well as event support, communications duties, and other administrative tasks.
Education: Student of Business and Accounting
Grew up in: San Fernando Valley, CA
Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Kings
Source of inspiration: My Dad
Secret passion: Snowboarding
Favorite vacation spot: Maui, Hawaii
Peter Warda, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager
Peter supports the legislative affairs and communications functions at VICA. He is responsible for some of the VICA member communications including VICA Weekly and our annual Government Handbook, he researches and tracks bills, ordinances, and ballot measures and prepares action alerts and letters for VICA's advocacy work.
Education: Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University; B.A.S. in Public Administration and Minor in International Security Conflict Resolution from San Diego State
Favorite Book: When Breathe Becomes Air
Favorite Vacation Spot: Australia
Favorite Sport: Tennis
Historical figure you'd most like to have over for dinner: Princess Diana
Victor Reyes-Morelos, Legislative Affairs Manager
Victor supports the legislative affairs and communications functions at VICA. He is responsible for some of the VICA member communications, he researches and tracks bills, ordinances, and ballot measures and prepares action alerts and letters for VICA's advocacy work.
Education: UC Irvine, Bachelors in Political Science, emphasis in International Relations & Public Law, 2019; Pasadena City College, AA in Polictical Science, Business, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Favorite Book: A Child Called "It"
Abby King, Legislative Affairs Associate
Abby supports the legislative affairs and communications functions at VICA. She is responsible for some of the VICA member communications, she researches and tracks bills, ordinances, and ballot measures for VICA's advocacy work.
Education: B.A. in Politics with a minor in Psychology from Whitman College
Grew up in: San Fernando Valley, CA
Favorite Musical Artist: Phoebe Bridgers
Favorite Book: Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Yoko Coleman, Membership Manager
Education: BA Degree in Architectural Photography from CSU, Fullerton
Grew up in Orange County and born in Fukuoka, Japan
Favorite Job: Director, Membership & Special Events, Paley Center for Media, Beverly Hills, CA
Favorite Films: Whiplash; Sayonara
Favorite Activities: Tennis, Pilates, Films
Most admired people: My father, a respectful family man with integrity and wisdom.
Most want to have dinner with: Warren Buffet
Favorite Author: Stephenie Meyer