PACE Board Chair Neil Yoneji

Neil Yoneji

Board Chair

Mr. Yoneji joined the PACE Board in 2006 and currently serves as Board Chair, bringing extensive experience in Finance, Management, Education and Operations. He is the former Vice President for Administration & Finance of Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC). Prior to joining MSMC, he served as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, California’s largest community college district encompassing 9 colleges, 6,000 employees, 100,000 students and a budget of $350 million. He also served as the Executive Director of Orange County Head Start, the county’s largest child and family service program. Mr. Yoneji received his B.A. degree in Chemistry from Simpson College of Iowa and his M.S. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Sandra Sakamoto

Board Vice Chair & Treasurer

Ms. Sakamoto joined the PACE Board of Directors in 2005 and serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer.  She is a Partner at LimNexus, specializing in real estate and business transactions; energy purchasing; telecommunications and utility law; public rights-of-way; and commercial litigation.  Prior to joining LimNexus, she was General Attorney and Assistant General Counsel at AT&T where she oversaw the Los Angeles Legal Department.  Ms. Sakamoto brings expertise in Nonprofit Board Management, serving as Co-Chair, Executive Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice and as the Former Board Chair and current Board Member of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.  Ms. Sakamoto received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah, her M.S.A. in Business Administration and Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University.

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Hon. Jon M. Mayeda (Ret.)

Board Secretary

Hon. Jon Mayeda (Ret). serves as PACE Board of Directors Secretary.  Prior to his 26 years of distinguished service on the Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts, he was a deputy attorney in both the civil and criminal law branches of the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney.  During his most recent 13 years on the bench (1994 – 2007), including his ten years as a civil “fast track” trial judge, he heard a broad range of civil litigation.  Judge Mayeda brings expertise in mediation, law, employment, insurance, and healthcare.  He is a Founding Member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County; Member of the California Judges’ Association; Member of the California Asian Judges Association; Member of the State Bar of California; and Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  Judge Mayeda received his B.A. in Business and Psychology from the University of Redlands and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Mike Eng, PACE Board Member

Mike Eng

Board Member

Mike Eng joined the PACE Board of Directors in 2020, bringing expertise in Government Policy, Higher Education, Community Development, Law, and Social Justice. He currently serves as one of five attorneys on the State Appeals Board.

He previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District and during his term, served as the Board’s Vice President and Chair of the Board’s Facilities, Master Planning & Oversight Committee, and a member of the Board’s Legislative & Public Affairs Committee.  

Mr. Eng was previously elected to 3 terms in the California State Assembly during which time he chaired 3 of the Legislature’s critical Assembly policy committees:  Transportation, Banking & Finance, and Business & Professions.  He was also a member of the Assembly Education Committee for 3 terms.  He served on the Assembly Committees on Health; Housing & Community Development; Revenue & Taxation; and chaired the Assembly Select Committee on Hate Crimes.  Mr. Eng is credited with authoring widely acclaimed legislation including California’s Homeowner Bill of Rights and the Human Right to Water.

Prior to his time in the legislature, Mr. Eng served as Mayor and Councilman for the City of Monterey Park.  He served on the City Library Board of Trustees for 10 years and was appointed by then-Governor Gray Davis to the State Acupuncture Board serving as Vice-Chair and head of the Enforcement committee.

Mr.  Eng has taught at California State Los Angeles, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, UCLA, and the University of the West.  He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Hawaii and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

Kerry Doi Board Member

Kerry Doi

Board Member

Mr.  Doi is Founder, President & CEO of PACE, one of the largest Asian-led community development corporations (CDCs) in the United States.  Annually, PACE serves more than 40,000 low-income ethnic minority residents from across LA County through Employment, Business Development, Affordable Housing, Energy & Environmental Services, and Early Childhood Education.   Mr.  Doi oversees an operating budget in excess of $28 million and 300+ staff.

Mr. Doi’s outstanding abilities in the field of community development are evidenced not only by his accomplishments at PACE, but by his extensive involvement and leadership in numerous local, state and national community development organizations. Locally, he is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Housing Partnership and the California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA).  On the national level, Kerry was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.  Additionally, Kerry is a founding member and the former chair of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD).  Mr. Doi also recently served on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Consumer Advisory Council.  Most recently, Mr. Doi was appointed by Supervisor Hilda Solis to serve on the LA County Small Business Commission.  Notable appointments in the Energy and Environmental field include serving as a Member on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council for the Environmental Protection Agency and as a Member on the Environmental Justice Advisory Board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. 

He received his B.S. from California State University, Long Beach. In 2008, Mr. Doi completed the prestigious Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Mr. Doi was honored by Los Angeles public television station KCET in 2009 as a “Local Hero” and has received awards and recognition for his outstanding community service from the Los Angeles City Council, former LA Mayor Richard Riordan, Senator Richard Polanco and Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo.