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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.


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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: Ryan Hallenberg

    Title: Legislative Affairs Associate

    VICA Assignments: Ryan works with VICA staff on the analysis of legislation, position paper drafting and helps oversee communications activities.

    Education: B.A. in History from University of California Los Angeles

    Grew up in: Mar Vista, CA

    Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

    Secret passion: Scuba diving

    Favorite vacation spot: Cancun

    Historical figure you'd most like to have over for dinner:  Niccolò Machiavelli 


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