J.D. Hokoyama (English ’67, LMU CRED ’70, M.Ed ’75)
Consultant. Speaker. Trainer.
JD Hokoyama has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2011. He is past President and CEO and a founding board member of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP). With original programs in leadership training, public policy research and community education, LEAP works to raise the impact and visibility of Asian Pacific Americans in all sectors on a national level. Though “retired,” JD continues to speak and train nationally on topics such as becoming a 21st century leader, understanding cultural values, risk taking and breaking the glass ceiling. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, Mr. Hokoyama was Principal of Maryknoll School K-8, taught English at Daniel Murphy & Immaculate Heart High Schools and was chairman of the English Department at Loyola High School. He served as acting national director of the Japanese American Citizens League and was appointed the first director of the Office of Asian Pacific American Student Services at USC. He holds a BA in English, a secondary teaching credential and a M.Ed. from LMU. He and his wife, Therese, reside in Montebello, CA.