2012 Steering Committee

Making it happen.

The Steering Committee is asked to plan and execute V3Con, using expertise and connections from their varied backgrounds. This core group includes representatives from AAJA-Los Angeles, IW Group, as well as some of the team behind the Banana conferences in 2009 and 2011. It includes:



Joz WangJocelyn “Joz” Wang, Founder and Executive Director
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is the President of the AAJA-LA. Joz is known online– and offline– for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com. She is a Co-Editor of the Asian American  blog 8Asians.com.  She is also a long-time contributor to blogging.la, flagship site of the Metroblogging network, for which she is now Publisher and CEO of. She is also currently part of the Creative Team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online.  Joz also serves on the AAJA National Advisory Board and National Governing Board.
Gil AsakawaGil Asakawa, Director of Programming
Gil Asakawa is a journalist, editor, author and blogger who covers Asian American issues and culture in several blogs and social media including Nikkeiview.com. He is a nationally known speaker, panelist and expert on Asian American issues, and is involved in many AAPI organizations. He is the author of “Being Japanese American”and co-author of “The Toy Book.” He is currently Manager of Student Media for the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism. More information at http://gillers.com
Denise PoonDenise Poon, Director of Development
Denise L. Poon serves on the AAJA-LA Board, where she is President-emerita. She is best known as Trivia Bowl Commissioner, shaping and leading the Chapter’s signature “fun-raising” event, now in its seventieth year. Denise has over 15 years of broadcast experience, producing content for nearly every major network and on shows including “DATELINE NBC” and “America’s Most Wanted.” She is the Media Consultant principal of @Cr8tiveStream
Shraddha SwaroopShraddha Swaroop, Director of Online & Social Media
Shraddha Swaroop is an award-winning freelance graphic designer in print design, illustration and web design projects. She has worked for Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and The Virginian-Pilot. She is currently working as a freelance graphic artist and web designer. She is on the boards of two journalism organizations and works as an art director in the AAJA Voices program. For more on her experience, see www.shraddhaswaroop.com.
Shawn WongShawn Wong, Director of Finance
Shawn Wong is an urban planning consultant and film/media producer based in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. She has previously written for Venice Magazine and interned for ABC News 20/20 and Primetime. Since 2010, Shawn has served as Treasurer of AAJA-Los Angeles.


Committee Members

Anh DoAnh Do
Anh Do covers multicultural communities and issues at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she served as vice president of Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language publication in the U.S., based in Southern California and founded by her late father.Do attended USC majoring in journalism and English literature. After graduation, she worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Seattle Times before writing for the Orange County Register, including a column on Asian affairs. Her reporting has taken her to England, Guatemala, Peru, Vietnam, India, Cuba and Mexico.
Sarah FordSarah Ford
Sarah Jeong Ford is excited to be a part of V3con! A native of Seattle, Washington, Sarah came to the Los Angeles area to attend Occidental College, where she recently graduated. She joined the V3 team to learn more about blogging, help plan an amazing event, and meet Michelle Phan.
Henry FuhrmannHenry Fuhrmann
Henry Fuhrmann is assistant managing editor for the copy desks, the library and standards at the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 1990, he has worked in every corner of the newsroom, including the metro, foreign, entertainment and business desks and the Times’ website. He holds two degrees in journalism: a bachelor’s from Cal State L.A. and a master’s from Columbia.  He is a longtime officer of the Los Angeles Chapter of AAJA.
David IwataDavid Iwata
David Iwata has served on various boards and commissions impacting the Asian Pacific American community.  David has over 15 years of corporate development consulting experience in the areas of advocacy, business, community and diversity, including work with ABC, CBS, and Fox Entertainment Group.  David is Managing Partner for LD Group, Inc and partner in the newly formed Washington DC based Capital Business Resources LLC.
Jen JuJen Ju
Jen is a PR Account Coordinator at IW Group. Prior to joining IW Group, Jen was the Civil Rights Fellow for OCA, Greater Los Angeles Chapter (OCA-GLA), a non-profit organization serving Asian Pacific Americans. She is currently vice president of OCA-GLA. Jen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Culture and Politics from Georgetown University. She kept her personal Xanga blog consistently running for seven years before retiring the account upon entry into the real world.
Lac SuLac Su
Lac Su founded the original Banana conference for Asian American bloggers in 2009 with Steve Nguyen. He is the author of, I Love Yous Are for White People – a memoir (HarperCollins, 2009). Lac received a master’s degree and Ph.D., in industrial-organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He is vice president of marketing for TalentSmart, a global think tank and management consulting firm, and he lives in San Diego with his wife and three kids.