About Us

MISSION

The mission of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) is to provide a comprehensive array of social welfare and community development services to assist low income individuals and other persons in need, contribute to community revitalization and cultural preservation in Little Tokyo and among the broader Japanese community in the Southland, and to provide such resources to neighboring Asian Pacific Islander and other low income communities.

HISTORY

Founded in 1979 by a group of Japanese Americans activists 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 Southern California.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, LTSC began advocating for the housing rights of low-income residents who were being evicted to make way for private development. Out of this struggle, the community development arm of LTSC was formed in 1994.

Today, our focus is to promote community control and self-determination in Little Tokyo and with our partners while continuing to provide social services to those in need.Today, our focus is to promote community control and self-determination in Little Tokyo and with our partners while continuing to provide social services to those in need.

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MEET THE TEAM

Staff and Volunteers

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Leadership

Dean Matsubayashi

Executive Director

Erich Nakano

Deputy Director

Chris Aihara

Director of Development

Bomee Kim Fain

Director of Finance

Mike Murase

Director of Service Programs

Amy Phillips

Director of Senior Services

Margaret Shimada

Director of Social Services

Grant Sunoo

Director of Planning

Takao Suzuki

Director of Community Economic Development

Debra Nakatomi

President

Kathy Masaoka

Vice President, Social Services

David Mitani

Vice President, Community Economic Development

Edwin Takahashi

Treasurer

Linda Yamauchi

Secretary

Alan Nishio

Chair, Board of Governors

Dick Kaku

Executive Board Member

Trisha Murakawa

Executive Board Member

Miguel Nunez

Executive Board Member

Tad Yoshimura

Executive Board Member

Akemi Arakaki

Dennis Arguelles

Jessica Chang

Eugene Eng

Josh Ishimatsu

Lloyd Kajikawa

Vivienne Lee

Vy Nguyen

Jeff Schaffer

George Tanaka

Dean Toji

Mark Usui

David Uyehara

Sandra Yamane

Midori Kamei

Emeritus

Sam Shimoguchi

Emeritus

Bill Watanabe

Emeritus

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

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