J.D. Hokoyama (English ’67, LMU CRED ’70, M.Ed ’75)
Consultant. Speaker. Trainer.
J.D. 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. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia and has been an English teacher and elementary school principal. He served on the boards for Independent Sector, the National Immigration Forum, the National Council for Asian Pacific Americans and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. He is currently on the boards of the Institute for Restorative Practices, the Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Research in Education and Blue Garnet’s Impact Accelerator. He and his wife, Therese, reside in Montebello, CA.