Making it happen.
The Steering Committee is the team planning and executing V3con, using expertise and connections from their varied backgrounds.
Founder and Executive Director
|Jocelyn “Joz” Wang
Jocelyn “Joz” Wang is the Immediate Past President of the AAJA-Los Angeles Chapter. Joz is known online– and offline– for her personal blog jozjozjoz.com. She is the Editor-in-chief and CEO of the popular 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 was recently part of the Creative Team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Online. Joz also serves on the AAJA National Advisory Board and National Governing Board. @jozjozjoz
Development Managing Director
Denise L. Poon is a Broadcast Producer, Multimedia Consultant and Principal of Creative Streamline, a Media Communication company. Her career spans more than 15 years of broad-based communication for broadcast networks ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS and private clients. She produces pieces in various formats- breaking news, feature and magazine, including content for CBS This Morning, DATELINE NBC and America’s Most Wanted. With AAJA, she is best known for many years of strong, creative event leadership, sponsorship and fundraising development for Trivia Bowl, the Chapter’s signature “fun-raising” event and the innovative, V3 Digital Media Conference. @cr8tivestream
Executive Team, alphabetically:
|Kim Bui, Conference Programming Director
P. Kim Bui is the associate editor for social media and outreach for Southern California Public Radio. She manages KPCC’s social media and engagement on and off the Web. She also develops outreach efforts for KPCC’s content and technology partners. She’s worked at major newspapers and news start-ups. Co-founder of #wjchat, a weekly Twitter chat for web journalists, Bui was named one of Poynter’s 35 influential people in social media in 2010.
|Henry Fuhrmann, Editorial Director
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.
|Naomi Hayase, Registration Director
Naomi Hayase has been an editorial researcher for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei newspaper) in their Los Angeles Bureau since 2006. Having grown up in Tokyo, she enjoys being able to report on US matters to a Japanese audience. Follow her at @nhayase.
|Angela Kim, Social Media Director
Angela is a Social Media Editor at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, she was a producer at public radio’s Marketplace. Her radio stories have also aired on Weekend America, Here and Now, and Splendid Table. She was also an East-West US-Korea Journalist Exchange fellow and a Rotary International Group Study Exchange fellow to Japan. Angela is also a member of AAJA-LA. In her free time, she blogs about food and travel on her blog, angelaishere.com.
|Mariecar Mendoza, Logistics Director
Mariecar Mendoza is a Features Digital Editor for the Los Angeles News Group, specializing in the topics of music, food and festivals. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2006. Mariecar serves as Vice President of Print for AAJA-LA and is an editor for Voices 2014, AAJA’s student convention project that pairs professionals with aspiring journalists as part of a rigorous multimedia training program. Follow her at @LANGMarMendoza.
|Margaret Sharpe, Logistics Director
Margaret Sharpe has a varied experience in journalism. She writes for a hyperlocal magazine in Los Angeles, is a producer and reporter for Hawthorne Community Television and a social media manager and content creator for a women’s accessory company. Margaret has been an active AAJA-LA member for many years, volunteering at AAJA-LA fundraiser, Trivia Bowl as well as last year’s inaugural V3 Conference.
|Shawn Nicole Wong, Finance/Sponsorship Director
Shawn Nicole Wong is an independent film and 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 POP! Montreal Music Festival and has interned for ABC News 20/20 and Primetime. Since 2010, Shawn has served as Treasurer of AAJA-Los Angeles.
Planning Team, alphabetically
|Connie Ho, Registration Manager
Connie K. Ho is a freelance writer, web producer and social media manager whose work has appeared in media outlets such as KCET, The Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL Patch.com, among others. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. You can find her on Twitter: @conniekho.
|David Iwata, Sponsorship and Fundraising Manager
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.
|Elaine Low, Marketing Manager
Elaine Low is a contributor and blog co-editor at Mochi magazine, a quarterly web publication for young Asian American women. Her work has appeared in Jezebel, Hungry Girl, Audrey, and the Pacific Citizen, and her Mochi story, “Diagnosing the Asian American Eating Disorder,” was republished in the Cengage Learning textbook, “Eating Disorders (Opposing Viewpoints series).” She holds a journalism degree from Dominican University. You can find her on Twitter: @elainelow.
|John Parker, Multimedia Director
John is a multimedia journalist and storyteller currently running content for Yahoo! Screen. In 10 years working in the journalism field he has done it all from taking prep sports boxscores over the phone, writing, designing pages, shooting still photos, and shooting and editing video. He relishes the opportunity to tell stories visually through the photo and video medium or re-creating the scene through written word. His written work has appeared in The Sacramento Bee, The Arizona Republic, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Denver Post, and Total Sports Magazine. His video work has appeared on ESPNLA.com and sacbee.com.
|Michel’le Roddy, Metrics Director
Michel’le Roddy is a public relations and social media professional with 2+ years experience working in the consumer industry. The USC Trojan (’12) has a passion for research and social media analytics and enjoys photography, cooking, good BBQ, and music. Currently, Michel’le is an Account Manager at WCG, a fully integrated communications agency that works with the world’s leading companies in healthcare, consumer products and technology.
|Wes Tanaka, Sponsorship and Development Manager
Wes Tanaka retired from Southern California Edison in December of 2009 after 37 years of service. At the time of his retirement, he was the SCE Public Affairs Director for Los Angeles County and City of Los Angeles. Throughout his career at SCE, he was very involved with a broad range of community organizations and was a key contact at SCE for AAJA-LA. Currently, he is Board Chair for the United Cambodian Community of Long Beach and a board member for the Center for the Pacific Asian Family, Pacific Asian Counseling Services and the Congress of California Seniors. Wes also acts as an advisor to a number of other non-profit organizations.
|Andrea Wang, Website Manager
Andrea Wang works as a web producer for the entertainment section of the Los Angeles Times. She recently completed a digital media fellowship at Southern California Public Radio (KPCC 89.3), which she won through AAJA in 2011. She graduated from UCLA, where she was staff reporter and radio host for The Daily Bruin. Her goal is to generate innovative content that builds communities, encourages discourse and fosters lifestyles.
|Dan Wood, Production Director
Dan Wood is a web/graphic designer in downtown Los Angeles with a love for responsive design and timeless typography. This is his second year involved with AAJA-LA’s V3con. Check out more of his work at danwould.com.