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  • Stuart Waldman, President Stuart Waldman, President

    Stuart has 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.

    Email: Stuart@vica.com

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    Jessica Yasukochi, Vice President Jessica Yasukochi, Vice President

    Jessica oversees 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)

    Email: Jessica@vica.com

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    Armando Flores, Legislative Affairs Manager Armando Flores, Legislative Affairs Manager

    Armando staffs VICA's Transportation; Land Use; Energy, Environment, Manufacturing and Utilities; 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

    Email: Armando@vica.com

    Evaristo Capalla, Legislative Affairs Associate Evaristo Capalla, Legislative Affairs Associate

    Evaristo supports the legislative affairs and communications functions at VICA. He is responsible for VICA's member communications including VICA Weekly and our annual Government Handbook. Evaristo researches and tracks bills, ordinances, and ballot measures and prepares action alerts and letters for VICA's advocacy work. 

    Education: BA in Political Science at UCLA

    Grew up in: The Philippines and the San Fernando Valley

    Source of inspiration: My parents, for all the encouragement and support they’ve given me

    Favorite book: The Master and Margarita

    Historical figure you would like to have over for dinner: Theodore Roosevelt

    Secret passion: Drawing/sketching

    Email: Evaristo@vica.com 

    Cathy Mendoza, Office Manager 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 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

    Email: Cathy@vica.com

    Shauna Carter, Membership Manager Shauna Carter, Membership Manager

    Shauna is responsible for membership excellence. She handles all membership onboarding, relations, inquiries and is a valuable resource ensuring VICA members are provided with consistent quality and assurance. 

    Education: BA in Communications and minor in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University

    Source of inspiration: My Children, everything I do is for my family

    Most underrated value: Honesty

    Most admired people: My Great Grandparents, they were the epitome of love and partnership

    Favorite Vacation Spot: Kauai, Hawaii

    Tops the bucket list:  Vacation to Scotland & Ireland and seeing the Northern Lights in person

    Email: shauna@vica.com

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