Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of PACE, Kerry Doi has over 4 decades of experience and expertise in all forms of community economic development. As one of the largest Asian community development organizations in the United States, PACE successfully implements a variety of economic development and social service programs for low–income, ethnic minority residents in the Los Angeles area. PACE programs serve more than 40,000 low–income residents annually with an operating budget in excess of $31 million and 300 staff. PACE is committed to successfully developing and implementing programs that address root causes of poverty and promote economic self-sufficiency.
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 CA Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA). On the national level, Kerry was a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) and 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 national chair of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), a national association of Asian and Pacific Islanders engaged in community development. Mr. Doi also recently served on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Consumer Advisory Council. In recognition of his years of service, he was presented with the 2013 Leadership Award by the Asian American Drug Abuse Program, an organization which he helped to found in 1972.
In addition to his service to numerous organizations, Mr. Doi’s advice, insight and expertise is frequently sought by a wide range of local, state and federal officials and agencies in matters of community economic development—especially with regard to refugees, asylees, immigrants and other ethnic minority low–income communities. He has provided testimony on the “State of Asian American Pacific Islander Small Businesses” before the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Senate Democrats at the US Capitol. He has also provided testimony on the Foreclosure Crisis before the Los Angeles Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe requested Mr. Doi’s testimony about his experience with “The Regional Impacts and Opportunities of Migration”.
Mr. Doi has a strong commitment to excellence, education and lifelong learning. He received a BS degree from California State University, Long Beach and has received certificates in Economic Development and Finance from the National Development Council, received an Organizational Development certificate from the Kellogg Training Institute, and completed Network for Excellence training at the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence Examiner Training in Washington DC. In 2006, PACE received a Neighborhood Builder Award from Bank of America that included Development Training Institute seminars. In 2008, Mr. Doi completed the prestigious Fannie Mae/Neighborhood Reinvestment Excellence in Community Development Program, at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Kerry was honored by Los Angeles public television station KCET in 2009 as a “Local Hero”. He is currently serving on the Community Development Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase Bank and continues to serve as a member of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, US Environmental Protection Agency.
Rachelle was appointed to the position of Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2016. She first started at PACE in 1998 as the Nutrition Coordinator for PACE Education and was then promoted to the Education Director position in 2000. After 16 ½ years at PACE, she spent her year hiatus from the organization as the Executive Director at 2-1-1 California (an affiliate organization of the United Ways of California) and an Adjunct Faculty member at Pasadena City College.
Ms. Arizmendi is extensively involved in numerous local, state and national organizations and initiatives. Locally, she serves as Board President of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, Board Chair for the Foothill Employment Training Consortium’s Policy Board, Second Vice-President of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus, and Board Member of Child 360. Rachelle was also appointed by former California Governor Brown to serve on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Nationally, she serves as the Secretary of the Board of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development and a Board Member At Large for the National Community Development Financial Institution Coalition.
Rachelle was born in Carmel, California and is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned two Bachelor’s degrees prior to receiving her Master’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. Rachelle continues to hold her Registered Dietitian designation. Additionally, she currently serves as the Mayor for the City of Sierra Madre. She is the first person of color in Sierra Madre to hold a City Council seat.
In recognition for her service to API and other ethnic minority communities, Ms. Arizmendi has received numerous awards including: Top 100 Filipinas in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network (2018), Southern California Leadership Network’s Top 30 in 30 Years Alumni (2017), CA Assembly Member Holden’s Woman of Distinction (2017), and Los Angeles County Supervisor Antonovich’s Women of the Year (2016).
Ms. Arizmendi serves on several boards including CA League of Cities, League of Cities Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus, and AP3CON (Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council). Ms. Arizmendi brings a wealth of knowledge in program development, public policy and fundraising to her appointments. She is also a CA Governor Appointee to the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention and past appointments include serving on the LA Child Care Planning Committee, PBS SoCal Advisory Committee, CA Department of Education and CA Head Start Collaborative Committee, and numerous other work groups and committees at the local, state and national level. Rachelle was born in Carmel, California and is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned two Bachelor’s degrees prior to receiving her Master’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University. Rachelle continues to hold her Registered Dietitian designation. Additionally, she currently serves as the Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Sierra Madre.
Kellie M. Konysky, RD
Kellie joined PACE in 2007 as the Nutrition Coordinator for PACE Education. In 2015, she moved into her current role as Education Director, providing oversight and implementation of the Head Start/ Early Head Start Grantee Contract through the Los Angeles County Office of Education. In addition to managing programming for over 1,300 low-income children and families, Ms. Konysky works with local and state organizations to bring supplemental resources to PACE ECE’s under-served communities. Currently she serves as Board Member, Vice Chair and Conference Chair of the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) Roundtable as well as Board Member and Treasurer for the National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Forum. Kellie holds a BS in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in Dietetics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she also completed her year-long dietetic internship. Additionally, she is an accredited Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
For more than 35 years, Johnson has worked in the employment and training sector assisting customers with job training, placement and counseling for career path development. With over 3 decades of experience managing a variety of federally funded workforce investment programs with successful performance outcomes, he has a thorough understanding of the Federal workforce development legislation.
As Director of PACE Employment, Johnson oversees the regional implementation of President Obama’s 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). A native of Hong Kong, Johnson immigrated to the US in 1968 and holds a BA in Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara.
Bo brings 16 years of experience in finance and business development and holds a BA with a specialization in Accounting from Thammasat University and an MBA with a specialization in Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. As Director of PACE’s CDFI and Business Development Center, Ms. Sivanunsakul oversees all staff & directs all of PACE’s microloan and small business loan programs to ensure programmatic goals are met. Under Bo’s leadership, PFC was recently awarded a $9M EDA Revolving Loan Fund. Prior to joining PACE, Bo served as Director of Community Economic Development Programming at Thai CDC. Ms. Sivanunsakul is fluent in 3 languages: English, Thai & Mandarin.
Celia V. Andrade, MPA
Celia has more than 20 years experience in developing and successfully managing programs and projects in the fields of publishing, marketing and energy efficiency. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Ms. Andrade completed her Master in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach in 1½ years, earning a 4.0 GPA while working full time! She represents PACE in several community organizations dedicated to promoting API, energy efficiency and environmental justice concerns in various capacities: Governing Board Member, National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC); Co-Chair, A3PCON (Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council) Environmental Justice Committee; Member, Association of Women in Water, Energy & Environment (AWWEE) Los Angeles Regional Leadership Team; Member, Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) Campaign Committee; Member, California Climate Equity Coalition (CCEC) Energy Committee; Member, Asian Pacific American Climate Change Coalition (APACCC); Member, Association of California Community & Energy Services (ACCES); Member, Cal EPA Disadvantaged Community (DAC) Outreach Stakeholder Group; Member, 350.org; Member, CSD LIWP Stakeholder Group; Member, East Los Angeles College (ELAC) Engineering & Technologies Department Advisory Group; Member, Los Angeles (LA) Sustainability pLAn Stakeholder Group; and Member, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
A refugee from Vietnam, Albert has devoted his career to addressing the needs of low-income refugees, immigrants and senior homeowners. As Director of PACE Housing he oversees the Transitional Subsidized Employment and Handy Worker Programs. Albert has 4 decades of experience helping more than 150,000 refugees, immigrants, seniors and disabled homeowners find employment and housing solutions. He has extensive expertise with federal, state, county and city programming and funding and an in-depth knowledge of employment training and housing services. Before joining PACE, Albert worked for the U.S. government, including 3 years at the American Embassy during the Vietnam War.
Andrea Giese, MBA
A native of Los Angeles, Andrea has worked in the nonprofit sector for 2 decades. After devoting her early career to bringing science enrichment programs to under-served LA County youth, she pursued a brief stint in archaeology. In 2006, Andrea joined PACE Education where she worked as the Health Coordinator and, later, the Early Head Start Director. During this time, Ms. Giese was instrumental in obtaining grants, developing relationships with local organizations, and advocating for additional resources to support the Education Department’s activities and under-served communities. =
In 2016, Andrea transitioned to her current role as Director of Development and Communications, overseeing all of PACE’s fundraising and communication strategies. In 2017, she was selected as a fellow for the National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development and in 2018, she completed a fellowship with the Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN). Ms. Giese has served as a Commissioner for the City of Alhambra’s Housing and Community Development Commission since 2019. She holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in Anthropology from Brown University.
Grace brings nearly 3 decades of accounting experience in the public, healthcare and nonprofit sectors. As Controller for PACE, Ms. Choi is responsible for the oversight of all finance, accounting, and reporting activities and leads the day-to-day finance operations of a budget of $30 million. She supervises a fiscal staff of 9 including functional responsibility over accounting, accounts payable/receivable, payroll and grants administration. Additionally, she ensures that systems and procedures are in place to support effective program implementation and flawless audits. Ms. Choi holds a BS in Accountancy from California State University, Northridge.
A longtime resident of Los Angeles County, Stacy has over 2 decades of experience working in the nonprofit industry, 16 of which have been in Human Resources. Ms. Wong joined the PACE family in 1995 and transitioned to her current role of Human Resources Director in 2016. Born and raised in China, Stacy emigrated with her family in 1984. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Phoenix.