Advisory Board

Our programs are developed and updated with the input of advisory boards composed of industry leaders and employers. This ensures that you will learn what employers are looking for and gain the most current information with the knowledge of future industry trends, connecting you to future success

Les Hamasaki

Mr. Les Hamasaki is the CEO & President of the International Green Technology Institute (IGTI) affiliated with the Tom Bradley Legacy Foundation, Inc.; a nonprofit public benefit organization.  His mission is to educate and empower communities to create a sustainable future. He launched the “Solar Done Televillage” initiative known as “E-Villages”, to empower ecopreneurs become the economic engine to create the green economy in the 21st century.

Mr. Hamasaki is the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Vehicle Council whose mission is to promote and deploy environmental friendly vehicles including; electric cars, hybrid, biofuels, hydrogen cars and any other vehicles that uses alternative fuels. He has dedicated his research to energy independence thus ensuring that our National Security from imported oil is preserved. His passion lies in transitioning our Nation from the Gray Economy based on fossil fuel to a Green Economy based on solar and renewable energy.  He describes himself as the “Green Evangelist with the Green Gospel where every Tree is a chapel.”

Mr. Hamasaki was a professional urban planner for the City of Los Angeles and was involved in the development of two 20-year Master Plans (1975-1995 and 1995-2015) for the City of Los Angeles.  He served as a Los Angeles Airport Commissioner under Mayor Tom Bradley and as a Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner under Mayor Riordan. Mr. Hamasaki was the Executive Director of the Green Institute for Village Empowerment (GIVE), a nonprofit foundation located in the Inland Empire in Southern California. He attended UCLA and received a BS Degree from Cal Ploy University Pomona in Landscape Architecture.

Concepcion M Powell

Ms. Concepción M Powell is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of “US Hispanic Women Grocers Association (USHWGA)”. She is a Luminary and award achiever on national and global economic development challenges of the 21st century. Ms. Powell is a highly-successful and well-respected business woman, a pioneer and a business leader in the United States, México and Latin America.

Ms. Powell is a top ranking expert on transcending cultures, international economics and business development. She is opening doors between multi-cultural societies and international business and communities. She applies her extensive experience in emerging communities for social and economic development, through education from a grassroots level to the highest diplomatic collaboration.

Ms. Powell has been a member of many local, regional, state, national and international boards. She also served on the advisory board for the IME-CCIME constituted by Mexico President Fox in 2006 and in 2007-2008 with President Felipe Calderon. In addition, she also worked with the US Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education and Department of State as well.

Willie James

Mr. Willie James serves as Vice President of Green Tech Ventures, where he hopes to help and stimulate the "Green Economy" through innovative technology that will create green careers, green jobs and green entrepreneurs. The goals and mission of Green Tech Ventures is to foster the wellbeing of disadvantaged communities by helping to increase neighbor vitality, introduce green technology, educate and create green entrepreneurs, strengthen small businesses, create jobs and training programs as well as encourage diversity.

Mr. James's talents have carried him into various fields and personal development training. He served in the US Military where he worked as a heavy equipment, diesel and automotive instructor. He was honorably discharged and later received his B.Sc. from Fairmont State University. He has worked with Stark Technical College, Stark County Board of Education, Canton Ohio YMCA, Trans Western Institute of Technology, Bi Plex Corporation and the New Los Angeles Automotive Training Corporation as the Assistant Director.

Mr. James's passion to work with at-risk youth led him to start Hoops R Us Inc. Hoops R Us is a California nonprofit foundation specializing in youth basketball programs designed to assist the youth in maintaining a balance between sports, education and social and business skills.  He has also served as an advisor to two nonprofit organizations- Partnership for Change and The Urban Social Network. He has been featured in magazines such as Forbes, People, KTLA's morning show, CBS Special Workplace America as well as several local and national training publications focusing on education and training.