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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 Community Economic Development
Bomee Kim Fain, Director of Finance
Grant Sunoo, Director of Planning
Mike Murase, Director of Service Programs
Margaret Shimada, Director of Social Services
Amy Phillips, Director of Senior Services

Program Staff

Ron Fong, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program (APISBP)
Clint Saiki, Asset Management
Aaron Garcia, Manager of Property Operations
Nancy Alcaraz, Resident Services
Janet Hasegawa, Human Resources
Scott Ito, Budokan of Los Angeles
Neil McGuffin, Director of Real Estate Development

Board of Directors

Debra Nakatomi, President
Kathy Masaoka, Vice President, Social Services
David Mitani, Vice President, Community Economic Development
Edwin Takahashi, Treasurer
Linda Yamauchi, Secretary
Alan Nishio, Chairperson, Board of Governors

Dick Kaku
Trisha Murakawa
Jean Nishimoto

Akemi Arakaki
Dennis Arguelles
Jessica Chang
Eugene Eng
Josh Ishimatsu
Lloyd Kajikawa
Vivienne Lee
Jeri Okamoto Floyd
Miguel Nunez
Jeff Schaffer
George Tanaka
Dean Toji
Mark Usui
David Uyehara
Sandra Yamane
Tad ​Y​oshimur​a​

Midori Kamei
Sam Shimoguchi
Bill Watanabe

Alan Nishio, Chair
Sakaye Aratani
Johnny Chon
Eugene Eng
Jerry Fukui
Warren Furutani
Tomio Ito
Jon Kaji
Antonio Manning
Nancy Matsui
Albert Muratsuchi
Andy Nakano
Gilbert Nishimura
Chris Pak
Jan Perry
Myung-Soo Seok
Rochelle Silsbee
Stephen Suzuki
Marie Tan
Bill Watanabe
Janet Yamamoto


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.


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.


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.