Advisory Board

An advisory board composed of professionals and scholars with expertise in immigration and civil rights provides guidance to Pacific Coast Immigration Museum.
F. Whitney Hall
From 1982 until 1988, Whit Hall was Chief Administrative Officer of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Later, he held the position of executive director of a major law firm. After relocated to Petaluma, California in 1995, he was elected as a Trustee of the Petaluma Health Care District. He served as co-chair of Petaluma Hospice and currently participates in the leadership of several community service organizations. Whit has also served as President of the Fort Point and Presidio Historical Association.

Whit graduated from the United States Military Academy with a BS in 1957. He received an MA in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1965, and an MBA from Golden Gate University in 1982. Whit Hall retired as a colonel from the Army in 1982, after a military career completed by command of the Presidio of San Francisco garrison. While in the military, he taught politics and government at West Point and the U.S. National War College.
Shiro Floyd Mori
Floyd Mori is currently the National Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) after having served as Director of Public Policy, in Washington D.C. for the JACL, the oldest and largest Asian American civil and human rights organization in the nation.

He was an International business consultant and president of Mori-Silva International for fifteen years. Mori consulted in government relations and served as the Utah Trade Representative to Japan. He is part-owner of a golf business and is an avid golfer, having served as president of the board of Alpine Country Club in Utah. He served on the Utah Governor's Asian Advisory Board and Small Business Administration Advisory Committee as well as several municipal and regional boards and worked with youth sports and inner city projects. Mori was an economics instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years. During that time he became involved in politics and was elected City Councilman and Mayor of the City of Pleasanton, California, in the Bay Area.

Floyd Mori was elected to the California State Assembly in March 1975 and served six years as one of the first two Japanese Americans to serve in the Assembly. Mori authored legislation on tax reform, the unitary tax, groundbreaking spousal rape law, equality in women's college athletics, the creation of the California State Office of International Trade, and chaired the Oversight Committee to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Mori was instrumental in the creation of a Japanese Businessman Advisory Council to the Governor of California. He served as Director of the Office of International Trade in California.

Mori was born in Murray, Utah, of immigrant parents from Kagoshima, in Southern Japan. After graduation from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah, he spent six months with the United States Army at Fort Ord, California, and later served his time in the Army Reserves.

Mori attended the University of Southern California and Santa Monica City College in the Los Angeles area and later attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree majoring in Economics, Asian Studies, and Political Science. He attended fellowship programs at Stanford University and UCLA.

He organized and established the first Nihon Matsuri (Japan Festival) in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been chairman of many events and an active volunteer.
Dr. Manuel Pastor
Dr. Pastor is Professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He was the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC's Center for Sustainable Cities and is co-director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg Foundations and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and many others.

Dr. Pastor's recent research has generally focused on issues of environmental justice, regional inclusion, and the economic and social conditions facing low-income urban communities, and has been published in journals like Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Regional Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Critical Sociology, Policy Studies Journal, Latino Studies, and Urban Geography.

His most recent co-authored book, This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America, suggests how regional organizing is charting a new path for progressive politics and policies in America's urban areas. Previous co-authored volumes include: Staircases or Treadmills: Labor Market Intermediaries and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Economy, Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America, and Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together.

Dr. Pastor speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California's Speaker of the State Assembly, and in January 2002 was awarded a Civic Entrepreneur of the Year award from the California Center for Regional Leadership.


Sita Anantha Raman
Professor Raman received her Ph.D. in South Asian History from UCLA (1992). She is Associate Professor Emerita, History, Santa Clara University, and currently teaches at the University of Georgia, Athens. She designed SCU's first courses on South Asia, including those on Indian women, art, and Asian imperialism. She was an affiliate of the programs on Women and Gender, and Asian Studies, served on the Faculty Senate and inter-disciplinary boards, and supervised student papers for Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society conferences in California. She has also presented her own research on Indian women and society at academic conferences. Her early work was on Indian labor migration to the British colonies. Her latest publications include the books Women in India: A Social and Cultural History, 2 volumes (Greenwood Press, 2008), Getting Girls to School: Social Reform in the Tamil Districts, 1870-1930, (Stree, 1996); A.Madhaviah: A biography and a novel translated by Vasantha Surya (Oxford University Press, 2004); articles for academic journals, and for the Encyclopedia of India (2005). She received a Fulbright fellowship to study Indians in Trinidad; and another from the American Institute for Indian Studies.
Lisa See
Born overseas, Lisa See grew up in Los Angeles, where she lives today. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father's family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995) was a national best-seller and a New York Times Notable Book. Her first novel, Flower Net (1997), was a national best-seller, a New York Times Notable Book, and on the Los Angeles Times Best Books List for 1997. This was followed by two more mystery-thrillers, The Interior (2000) and Dragon Bones (2003) and the critically-acclaimed international best-seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005), which sold a million copies in 38 countries and released as a feature film, and her newest novel, Shanghai Girls.

Ms. See wrote the libretto for Los Angeles Opera based on On Gold Mountain. She served as guest curator for an exhibit on the Chinese-American experience for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, which then traveled to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2001. Ms. See then helped develop and curate the Family Discovery Gallery at the Autry Museum, an interactive space for children and their families that focuses on Lisa's biracial, bicultural family as seen through the eyes of her father as a seven-year-old boy living in 1930s Los Angeles.

She designed a walking tour of Los Angeles Chinatown and wrote the companion guidebook for Angels Walk L.A.. She curated the inaugural exhibition—a retrospective of artist Tyrus Wong—for the grand opening of the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles. Ms. See serves as a Los Angeles City Commissioner on the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Monument Authority. Lisa was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and received the Chinese American Museum's History Makers Award in Fall 2003.


John Trasviña
John Trasviña now serves as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

From 2005- May 2009, John was President and General Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Los Angeles.

Previously, he was Western States Regional Director, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Director of the Discrimination Research Center in Berkeley and taught Immigration Law at Stanford Law School.

In 1997, President Clinton appointed Mr. Trasviña as Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, making him the highest-ranking Latino attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice. In the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Trasviña was General Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

For two decades, John Trasviña has played a major policy role at local and federal levels on immigration and civil rights matters affecting immigrants, women and minority communities. He has written and spoken nationally on topics including immigrant workplace rights, English Only, constitutional law, immigration history, diversity and education. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Trasviña is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School.

Last updated: January 13, 2017

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