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 an Emmy Award Winning Entertainment TV Personality, Attorney and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch Productions, Chicago’s premier hospitality and entertainment development company, specializing in the creation, marketing and management of some of the city’s top venues including Rockit, Sunda, Underground, Rockit Burger Bar, Bottlefork & The Duck Inn. Dec can be seen regularly on ABC TV’s “Windy City Live” & NBC’s “Today Show.” Dec most recently founded Elston Films to bring more TV & movie projects to Chicago, after building his acting resume for the last ten years with most recent roles on shows like “Empire,” “American Crime Story: The People vs OJ,” “Chicago Fire” & “Criminal Minds,” to name few. In May of 2014, President Obama appointed Dec to serve on his White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, where he also serves on the White House Bullying Prevention Task Force. He has received numerous awards including “Excellence in Business Award” from the State of Illinois, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Community Leadership Award and Chicago-Kent College of Law Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Dec is also actively involved in philanthropic organizations like Make A Wish, Lookingglass Theatre, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice.