Steering Committee

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

Joz Wang 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 Poon Denise Poon
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 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 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.
Connie Ho 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.
Angela Kim 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, a role she has recently transitioned into after less than a year as a general assignment multimedia reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News. Before moving to Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, she worked as a multimedia reporter for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs for nearly 6 years. She was a Chips Quinn Scholar in 2007, and has been involved with AAJA since 2006. Mariecar serves as an elected board member for AAJA-LA and is co-managing editor for Voices 2013, AAJA’s student convention project that pairs professionals with aspiring journalists as part of a rigorous multimedia training program. Follow her at @LANGMarMendoza.
margaret 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 Wong 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.
Machiko Yasuda Machiko Yasuda, Website Manager
Machiko Yasuda is a developer and journalist, working at the intersection of liberal arts and technology. She has worked at and contributed to the Washington Post, L.A. Youth, GOOD Magazine, Ventura County Star, KPCC and now works as a software developer at GrubWithUs in Venice. She has taught web development at General Assembly and bicycle safety classes through Metro and the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition.

Planning Team, alphabetically

David Iwata 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.
Wes Tanaka 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.