J.D. Hokoyama

J.D. Hokoyama is the President & CEO and a founding board member of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP).  A former Peace Corps volunteer serving in Ethiopia, he has been a high school English teacher and department chair, a K-8 elementary school principal, an executive vice president for fund development and public affairs, the acting national director of the Japanese American Citizens League and the director of the Office of Asian Pacific American Students Services at the University of Southern California. He speaks and trains nationally in all sectors on topics such as becoming a 21st century leader, understanding cultural values, risk taking and breaking the glass ceiling.

Mr. Hokoyama holds a BA in English, a secondary teaching credential and a M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Loyola Marymount University.  A much sought after speaker and presenter, he serves on the boards of both Asian American and Pacific Islander and mainstream organizations locally and nationally.


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