Board Members

Finance Director - Michael Mizukami

Michael Mizukami is a Program Supervisor for the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB). Established in 1965, CalVCB is a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury, or the threat of physical injury, as a result of a violent crime. He has received extensive training and certifications on issues such as Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, and Mediation, and is a certified Crisis Responder. In 2011 the California Assembly and California State Senate recognized Michael for his exemplary work with the annual Distinguished Service Award. Michael is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. He and his wife Stephanie have been married for 10 years and live happily in the city of Lake Forest.

Board Member - Seph Rodney

Seph Rodney, PhD was born in Jamaica and grew up in New York City. He has an English degree from LIU, Brooklyn, a studio art MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD in museum studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a staff writer and editor for Hyperallergic, writing about contemporary art and related issues. He has written for the CNN Op-ed pages, American Craft, and for Artillery Magazine. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and, the School of Visual Arts. His book, , is currently under review at Routledge press.

Board Member - Xochitl Partida

Xochitl Partida has lived and worked in Southern California since coming to the United States at the age of nine. As a politically engaged DACA recipient, Xochitl worked for over a decade in the shadow of a broken immigration system and learned up close how that system not only harms immigrants but benefits employers. A graduate of Santa Ana College, she has intimate knowledge of the institutional gaps that can impede economic and cultural mobility, but more importantly, she understands the populations most effected by those gaps, and the strategies that are necessary to overcome them.