Linda Akutagawa is President and CEO of LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics). A passionate social entrepreneur, Linda has dedicated herself to continuing the cycle of leadership development and inspiring Asian and Pacific Islanders to step up to leadership roles across sectors, industries, and communities. Ms. Akutagawa is the Chair of the Alliance for Board Diversity of which LEAP is a partner organization. She is a Commissioner on California’s 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission, as well as an appointed member of the California Department of Insurance Diversity Task Force. She is also a member of the Asian/Asian American Institute Advisory Board at California State University at Los Angeles and a Board member of the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (AP3CON), a co-founding organization of Stop AAPI Hate, the reporting and tracking site which has grown to become the most expansive and quoted source of statistics on incidents of anti-Asian hate, bias and violence.
Linda received her B.S. in International Business with a minor in Economics from California State University at Los Angeles. She is married and a fur-mom to two very loved and spoiled rescue dogs and aunty to eleven nephews and nieces.