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Dear JACCC Members and Supporters:

After a comprehensive national search, the board of directors is pleased to introduce Ms. Patricia M. Wyatt as President and CEO of JACCC. 

Pat brings almost 30 years of experience of executive leadership and strategic development in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, and has a proven track record of successfully managing people and complex organizations.

Most recently she was the founder of MayaCo Associates, a brand and media consultancy focused on social impact. Among her many other professional accomplishments, Pat has led several nonprofit organizations including Innovation: Africa – a global nonprofit that provides clean energy solutions to rural Africa. She was also Chief Development Officer at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, where she led a team of 550 professionals that together raised a record $1 billion in one year.

In the media sector, she served as president of the Licensing & Merchandising, and Home Entertainment companies at 20th Century Fox. Prior to this, she was EVP of Brand marketing at Mattel.

Pat has served on the board of organizations such as California/International Arts Foundation, was on the Professional Advisory Panel at CalArts, and was chair of the board of governors at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The board is thrilled to have Pat onboard, and along with her Japanese roots and personal connection to the mission of JACCC, believe she brings areas of expertise that are critical for the future of the organization and the broader Little Tokyo community, including the grand opening of the Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center.

We look forward to officially introducing her to our members and the broader community over the next several weeks and months. A link to the official press release can be found here.

A special thanks and recognition to Daren Mooko for his invaluable leadership, as well as the staff and volunteers at JACCC for their hard work and for going above and beyond over the past year and throughout the transition. The success of the organization and our ability to serve the community would not have been possible without their efforts.

Thank you again for your continued support for JACCC, and we hope to see you on campus soon!


Craig Tomiyoshi
Chair, JACCC Board of Directors