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  • Staff

  • 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.


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  • Name: Jessica Yasukochi

    Title: Vice President

    VICA Assignments: All VICA operations - including finances and events

    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)


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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 Director

    VICA Assignments: Elizabeth manages VICA's advocacy and communication work, including analysis of legislation; position paper drafting; policy committee management; testifying at local and state governance meetings; relationship building with elected officials and their staff. She staffs VICA's Government Affairs; Education; Entertainment; Labor & Employment; Aviation; and International Trade committees. 

    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: Armando Flores

    Title: Legislative Affairs Manager

    VICA Assignments: Armando staffs VICA's Transportation; Land Use; Energy, Environment and Utilities; Manufacturing; and Healthcare committees. He 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: 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


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  • Name: Cathy Mendoza

    Title: Office Manager

    VICA Assignments: 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 at Moorpark College

    Grew up in: San Fernando Valley, CA

    Favorite Sports Team: Los Angeles Kings

    Source of inspiration: My Dad

    Secret passion: Snowboarding

    Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii


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  • Name: Megan Leo

    Title: Communications Associate

    VICA Assignments: Megan is responsible for VICA's communication activities, working with VICA staff and board members to ensure VICA's messaging is consistent with the goals of the organization. Megan is also responsible for creating marketing materials.

    Education: B.A. in Political Science and English Literature from Colgate University

    Grew up in: Los Angeles, CA

    Favorite Author: Kurt Vonnegut

    Secret Passion: Typewriters and fountain pens

    Fun Fact: Megan will be attending University of London in September to receive her Masters in Political Communications


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