Honorees

 

Business Honoree

 

Masashi Oka is President, Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Union Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations.  Mr. Oka has held this post since July 2010.  He is also Managing Executive Officer and Co-Chief Operating Officer for the Americas for BTMU, and has led a long and distinguished career with the BTMU family of companies since 1979, serving in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

Mr. Oka earned his Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Tokyo in 1979 and his Master of Law Degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986.  He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Mr. Oka is actively involved with several prominent community and industry organizations.  He serves as Director for: The Clearing House, Shimano American Corporation, Japan Society of Northern California, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California, and Japan Business Association of Southern California.  In addition, he is an Advisory Council Member of the Asia Foundation, a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum Foundation, and serves as Governor to the Japanese American National Museum.   Mr. Oka is also a member of the Board for the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; and the Kyoto Symposium Organization.

 

Policy Honoree

Edmund G. Brown Jr. serves as the 39th Governor of California.  After graduating from Yale Law School in 1964, Governor Brown worked as a law clerk at the California Supreme Court, studied in Mexico and Latin America and then took up residence in Los Angeles, working for the prestigious law firm Tuttle & Taylor.

In 1969, Governor Brown was elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. In 1970, he was elected California Secretary of State. He was elected Governor in 1974 and re-elected in 1978.

Under Governor Brown’s leadership during his first two terms, California created 1.9 million new jobs, almost double the national rate. He marshalled Democrats and Republicans in the legislature to slow the growth of state government, eliminate capital gains taxes for many small businesses, and make California the leader in co-generation, solar and wind energy.

After leaving office, Governor Brown lectured widely, led delegations to China and the Soviet Union, studied Spanish in Mexico, spent six months in Japan studying Japanese culture and Buddhist practice, and worked with Mother Teresa in India at the Home for the Dying.

In 1998, Governor Brown ran for mayor of Oakland against 11 other candidates and won the primary with 59 percent of the vote. Before taking office he successfully passed a voter initiative to establish a “Strong Mayor” form of city government. He was re-elected in 2002 with 64 percent of the vote.

Governor Brown was elected for his third gubernatorial term in 2010. Since taking office he has dramatically cut the state budget deficit, improved California’s credit ratings andcut waste and inefficiencies throughout government. Governor Brown also enacted historic public safety realignment, raised the state’s clean energy goal to 33 percent and is seeking the public’s support for new revenues to protect education and public safety funds.

Governor Brown is married to Anne Gust Brown, who serves as Special Counsel in the Office of the Governor.

 


 

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