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Background

Founded in 1979, the Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation (LTSC CDC), has been an important resource for the residents of a diverse community. LTSC CDC is a nonprofit charitable organization serving Asian and Pacific Islanders throughout Los Angeles County who are in need, especially those facing language or cultural gaps, financial need, or physical disabilities.

Helping People . . .  Helping People

Currently, LTSC CDC sponsors over a dozen different community and social service programs, with over 100 paid staff persons and hundreds of volunteers to provide competent and compassionate services in many languages. Services include individual and family mental health counseling, child abuse prevention, case management, support groups, senior services, childcare, preschool, after-school youth programs, and domestic violence programs.  LTSC CDC is also working with the community to create a Sustainable Little Tokyo.

Building CommunityBuilding Community . . .

LTSC CDC collaborates with other nonprofit, community-based organizations to help them build multifamily affordable housing projects that serve their communities, and increase the capacity of the organizations to engage in broad neighborhood-based community building work including affordable housing. Through these collaborations, LTSC CDC has partnered with over 15 community-based organizations and has completed 22 projects with 800 units of affordable housing and approximately 125,000 square feet of community facility space. LTSC CDC has developed more than $200 million in community-serving nonprofit real estate projects.

 
Mission

The mission of the Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation, is to meet the critical needs of people and to build community.

Little Tokyo Mural

  • We improve the lives of individuals and families through culturally sensitive social services.
  • We strengthen neighborhoods through housing and community development.
  • We promote the rich heritage of the ethnic community.
 
Executive Staff and Board

Little Tokyo Service Center CDC has a dedicated and hard-working staff of over 100 paid staff and countless volunteers working at various sites across downtown Los Angeles.

LTSC Staff


Executive Staff

Dean Matsubayashi, Executive Director
Erich Nakano, Deputy Director
Chris Aihara, Director of Development
Takao Suzuki, Director of Real Estate Development
Scarlet Sy, Director of Finance
Evelyn Yoshimura, Community Organizing Director
Thomas Yee, Director of Planning
Walter Morita, Director of Property Management
Gayle Wong, Director of Asset Management
Mike Murase, Director of Service Programs
Yasuko Sakamoto, Director of Social Services
Amy Phillips, Director of Senior Services
Jenni Kuida, Director of Children and Family Services

Program Staff

Shin Ito, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)
Ron Fong, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (APISBP)
Gayle Wong, Assets and Property Management
Tom Sogi, Children and Family Services
Janet Hasegawa, Human Resources
Scott Ito, Budokan of Los Angeles

Board of Directors

OFFICERS:
Alan Nishio, President
Debra Nakatomi, President-Elect
Lloyd Kajikawa, Vice President
Kathy Masaoka, Vice President
David Mitani, Vice President
Edwin Takahashi, Treasurer
Linda Yamauchi, Secretary

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS:
Dick Kaku
Trisha Murakawa
Jean Nishimoto
Sandra Yamane

BOARD MEMBERS:
Akemi Arakaki
Dennis Arguelles
Shashi Hanuman
Josh Ishimatsu
Miyako Iwai
Dennis Kobata
Vivienne Lee
Jeri Okamoto Floyd
Miguel Nunez
George Tanaka
Dean Toji
Mark Usui
David Uyehara
David Yoo


EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS:
Fred Hoshiyama
Midori Kamei
Sam Shimoguchi
Bill Watanabe


 
History

Yasuko Sakamoto, Bill Watanabe, and Evelyn YoshimuraLittle Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation, was established as the Little Tokyo Service Center in 1979 by representatives of various Japanese American groups who wanted to form a multipurpose social service center. Little Tokyo Service Center aimed to provide linguistically and culturally sensitive social services to the Little Tokyo community and the broader Japanese American community in the Southland.

Over the years,Little Tokyo Service Center grew as it responded to pressing community needs. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Center began advocating for the housing rights of low-income residents who were being evicted to make way for private redevelopment. Out of this struggle was born the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation, which was established as a subsidiary of Little Tokyo Service Center in 1994. Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation focused on community redevelopment, affordable housing, and revitalization of Little Tokyo, while Little Tokyo Service Center continued to provide social services to those in need.

Little Tokyo Service Center and Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation officially merged in 2004 as Little Tokyo Service Center, a Community Development Corporation. The consolidation of the two organizations allows for streamlined administration and governance, as well as the ability to holistically serve our community through the provision of social services and community development services under one roof.