Chairs

Nanci Nishimura, LF Co-Chair

Nanci E. Nishimura is a partner with the law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy in Burlingame, California, with offices in Los Angeles and New York.  She serves in a leadership role in complex cases involving business and antitrust litigation in state and federal courts. She received her B.A and M.A. from the University of Southern California, and attended Waseda University in Japan. While completing an M.A. in International Relations, focusing on the Pacific Rim, she studied at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and then spent several years in business development for international clients.  While earning a J.D. from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., she clerked at the U.S. International Trade Commission, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and served as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. Ms. Nishimura currently serves as California Governor Jerry Brown’s appointee to the Commission on Judicial Performance. She previously served on U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Appointments Committee for the Northern District of California, and the State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission.  She has been named one of the Top 100 Women Lawyers in California. Her commitment to diversity in the law, education and community includes serving as a Trustee and Commissioner of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, a Trustee of the California Science Center Foundation, Rotary Club, and numerous other community-based non-profits.

Billy Dec, LF Co-Chair

Billy Dec is a 2-time Emmy Award Winning Entertainment TV Personality, Producer, Actor, Attorney, Restaurateur, Contributing Lifestyle Editor at Esquire, and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch, a premier hospitality & entertainment company specializing in the creation, marketing and management of award winning restaurants, bars and nightclubs.  Dec can be seen frequently on NBC’s TODAY Show, and acting in Films & TV, most recently on shows like Empire, Criminal Minds & American Crime Story, now producing his own movies with his newly formed Elston Films. You can also hear him talk with celebrities, chefs, artists, athletes & more about the power of food, coming together for meals, and life altering dining experiences on his newly launched podcast “The Meal of Your Life!”

Dec is a Presidential appointee, serving on the White House Advisory Commission on Asian American & Pacific Islanders & the White House Bullying Prevention Task Force, for the last three years.  Dec’s educational background includes the Chicago-Kent College of Law & the Harvard Business School.  He has received numerous awards including “Excellence in Business Award” from the State of Illinois and the State’s Attorney’s Community Leadership Award.  Dec is also heavily involved in philanthropic organizations like the Food Depository, Make a Wish, Lookingglass Theatre… and formerly served as the Director of Cultural Relations for the 2016 Olympic Committee.