Steering Committee

Executive Team, alphabetically:

NaomiHayase-150x150 Naomi Hayase, Managing 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 Angela Kim, Programming Co-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,
Bel Lo Belinda Low, Programming co-Director
Belinda is a freelance consultant working in the LA area, with over 10 years of experience in Finance. She is also the Business Manager for the popular Asian American blog  Bel has previously volunteered for several AAJA-LA events, including Trivia Bowl and V3. She is excited to return to the V3 Steering Committee and hopes to contribute her expertise to planning another amazing conference.
shawnwide 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:

Athena Asklipiadis

Athena Asklipiadis, Programming co-Director
Athena Mari Asklipiadis comes from a broadcasting background, working in LA radio for several years at CBS and Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia).  She currently works doing freelance social media and voice overs after recently wrapping the forthcoming documentary film, Mixed Match (2016), where she was associate producer. Athena lends her free time to non-profit advocacy groups, Mixed Marrow and Multiracial Americans of Southern California. @athenamari

Liz Chou Elizabeth Chou, Editorial/Registration co-Director
Elizabeth Chou reports on Los Angeles city government for City News Service. She previously worked as a staff writer for Eastern Group Publications, which covers East Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
Sam Lam Samuel Lam, Editorial/Social Media 
Samuel Lam is a Bay Area native living in Los Angeles currently working for Yahoo Sports. He is a social media fanatic and is working with V3con for the second straight year. You can follow him on Twitter @SamuelYLam and read his sports blog at
Roddy_Headshot Michel’le Roddy, Social Media/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.
Dan Wood 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

Advisors, alphabetically:

speaker-henry-fuhrmann Henry Fuhrmann
Richard Lui Richard Lui
speaker-david-ono David Ono
JozWang-RS Jocelyn, “Joz” Wang