It takes a team to move forward with a mission, and it takes a village to build a community. 

Thanks to these wonderful humans, this is the reason why Strong Asian Lead exists. 

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Mas Moriya

President/Founder (He/Him)

Mas handles the day-to-day operations at SAL, upkeeps the website, sponsorship outreach, product design, social media, podcasting, and partner communications. 

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Key Ventura

Event Organizer (She/Her)

Key is a Mixed Asian creative finding her way in LA.

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Alex Chester-Iwata

Board Member (She/Her)

Alex's support and guidance for Strong Asian Lead gives us the strength we need to build, grow, and connect.

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Kree Pandey

Web Developer @

Kree designed the first iteration of the Strong Asian Lead website and continues to provide support. 

Victor Kovalev & Anna Yuan

Platform Devs - Scale Growth

Victor and Anna are the founders of, which serves as our membership platform. Their robust system is what allows us to hold a database of information and a job listing platform.

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Kathleen I-Ying Lee

Logo Designer @ Fifth Atrium

Kathleen and her team designed the original gold mountain logo based off Mas' sketch design. They also designed other graphics of ours including the defunct Asian Film Network and Redress Radio.

Emi Lea Kamemoto in a white shirt with straight hair, and Mas Moriya with a musctache in a black button up over a read shirt that reads, it's an honor just to be asian.

Emi Lea Kamemoto

Co-Founder of Strong Asian Lead, Emi is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant. Although she no longer is an active leader of Strong Asian Lead, her energy and values are apart of SAL’s core mission.