Commissioners after a public hearing


Karthick Ramakrishnan, Chair

Karthick Ramakrishnan, Chair

Karthick Ramakrishnan is professor of public policy and political science at the University of California, Riverside, and founding director of the Center for Social Innovation. He holds a BA in international relations from Brown University and a PhD in politics from Princeton. Read more about Commissioner Ramakrishnan.
Helen Lee, Vice Chair

Helen Lee, Vice Chair

Helen Lee brings almost 40 years in leadership positions in large, complex organizations such as the County of Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente and the City of Los Angeles as a Human Resources Manager and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Read more about Commissioner Lee.
Christopher Punongbayan, Secretary

Christopher Punongbayan, Secretary

Christopher Punongbayan is the Executive Director of California ChangeLawyers, a statewide foundation that invests in the next generation of legal changemakers. Over the last twenty years, Chris has gained deep experience in social justice issues. Read more about Commissioner Punongbayan. 
Ray Buenaventura

Ray Buenaventura, Commissioner

Ray Buenaventura is Member of the Daly City Council and served as the city’s Mayor in 2013 and 2015. Prior to his service on the City Council, Ray served as Library Commissioner on the Daly City Library Board of Trustees. Read more about Commissioner Buenventura.
Rajan Gill

Rajan Gill, Commissioner

Rajan Gill is a Historian and Professor at Yuba College. Gill’s academic career began at the University of California, Davis where he served as vice-president to the History Honors Society. Read more about Commissioner Gill.
Serena Kirk

Serena Kirk, Commissioner

Ms. Kirk has more than fifteen years experience in public policy, statewide advocacy and grassroots mobilization, having played a key leadership role in the facilitation of numerous local and statewide coalitions. Read more about Commissioner Kirk.
Polly Low

Polly Low, Commissioner

Polly Low is currently serving as the Mayor of City of Rosemead. As a Rosemead resident for over 30 years, Mrs. Low became active in the community in early 2005. Read more about Commissioner Low.
Kirin Macapugay

Kirin Macapugay, Commissioner

Kirin Amiling Macapugay, MSW, is an Indigenous Person born in Kalinga, Philippines. She is a mother, professor, community organizer, state appointed commissioner, and founder of several grassroots efforts to strengthen the communities she loves. Read more about Commissioner Macapugay.
Simon Pang

Simon Pang, Commissioner

Simon Pang immigrated from Singapore in late 1989. Pang is the Executive Vice President / Co-Founder of Royal Business Bank (founded in 2008) and serves as the President of the US-Sino Friendship Association. Read more about Commissioner Pang. 
Janani Ramachandran

Janani Ramachandran, Commissioner

Janani Ramachandran is a lawyer, activist, and artist with a lifelong passion to build inclusive and equitable political systems. She is also a strong advocate for survivors of domestic violence. Read more about Commissioner Ramachandran.

Lance Toma

Lance Toma, Commissioner

Lance Toma is the Chief Executive Officer of San Francisco Community Health Center (formerly Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center), an LGBTQ and people of color community health center that believes everyone deserves access to the highest quality health care. Read more about Commissioner Toma.
Cirian Villavicencio

Cirian Villavicencio, Commissioner

Cirian Villavicencio is professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. Read more about Commissioner Villavicencio.

Past Commissioners

Thank you to all past commissioners for your leadership and service since the Commission began operations in 2004. 

Noel Alumit | Nitasha Sawhney | Diane Ujiye | Kim-Yen Huynh | Mimi Song | Andrew Wong | Tana Lepule | Blong Xiong | Akemi Arakaki | Luisa Blue | Tami Bui | Fritz Friedman | Francisco Hsieh | Norman Hui (Founding Chair) | David Kim | Ann Nguyen | Paul Osaki | Courtni Pugh | Albert Seto | Asm. Philip Ting | Alexis Wong | Bill Wong | Charles Woo | Dianne Yamashiro-Omi | Jeffrey S. Kim | Judi Ki | Phong La |  Chiem-Seng Yaangh | Tomiko Wong | Steven Ma | MaiKa Yang | EukSook Lee | Christina Wu | Johng Ho Song | Rachel Buenviaje | Jihee Huh | Catherine ‘Ofa Mann