Commissioners

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Jo-Anne Prophète Matsuba
Jo-Anne Matsuba

Chair

Representing

District 4

Appointed by

Supervisor Doug Chaffee

Profession

Retired RN

How relevant or important is the HRC’s work today? 

The diversity of OC and the increasing incidents of intolerance and racism make the work of the HRC particularly relevant as we continue to build a community inclusive to all.

What does a #HateFreeOC look like to you?

I would like to see a place where we lift each other up, embracing, respecting and learning about different cultures. #HateFreeOC would be a safe space and shining example of unity, where people are not judged, but appreciated for who they are.

Why are you part of the OC Human Relations Commission?

I am committed to doing all I can to help make our community the best it can be. It is a privilege to be able to serve in the capacity as Commissioner to help eliminate hate and show that OC can be a peaceful place where respect and dignity is shown towards everyone.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by my parents who along with so many others, spoke out, marched and persisted for our civil rights starting in the 50’s, and those who continue to stand up to racism and injustice today.

My favorite quote

One of my favorite quotes is “Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.” - Mother Teresa

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Jennifer Wang

Vice Chair

Representing

District 1

Appointed by

Chairman Andrew Do


Biographical information is in the process of updating.

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Tanya Doby
Representing

District 1

Appointed by

City Selection Committee

Tanya Doby joined the Los Alamitos City Council in January 2020 and was appointed to the Human Relations Committee in June of 2020.

Mrs. Doby has a Bachelor of Arts from California State University Long Beach, in Speech Communication. She currently owns and operates an apparel brokerage, The Anchored Rose Print Shop and provides HR Consulting. Prior to being a consultant and small business owner, she was an HR Generalist for the YMCA or Greater Long Beach. She has over 15 years Human Resource experience and specializes in Employee Relations and Trainings. She will be a great asset in community relations and community building via open dialogue and communication.

She serves in several volunteer capacities at the elementary school level as well as the school district level. She was also a faithful and dedicated Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Commissioner, having served 3 years before being appointed to the Council.

Mrs. Doby has been a resident of Los Alamitos for the past seven years and with her husband, Josiah, is raising her two children. Justus (11) and Sage (7) who both attend school at the local elementary.

Tanya firmly believes in the culture and wonder that true diversity offers and is excited to do her part to help us grow!

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Jany Lee
Representing

District 1

Appointed by

City Selection Committee

Profession

Human Resources Manager

Since joining the City of Garden Grove in 2001, Jany started as a Recruiter and moved up the ranks to Senior Human Resources Analyst, Recruitment and Compensation Supervisor and is now currently the Human Resources Manager for the City of Garden Grove, California.  Jany is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of a full service City’s Human Resources Department including Police, while performing variety of personnel administrative functions including labor relations.

In addition, to foster a better relationship, Jany has served as a “bridge” between the Korean –American and other communities in O.C. to accomplish many projections, including obtaining a resolution from G.G. City Council designating a “Korean Business District” on Garden Grove Blvd between Beach Blvd & Brookhurst Blvd; obtaining a resolution in support of US Korea FTA from the County Board of Supervisor’s; and organizing a first joint KA Chamber and Vietnamese Chamber SBA Loan Fair in Garden Grove; and she has led many delegations of elected officials to Korea for cultural understanding and business advancement to name a few. Jany also has served on numerous boards including as founding member of the Korean American Day, president of the Korean American Coalition – Orange County and KOWIN (Korean Overseas Women in Network).   Jany’s keen interest in the current affairs issues, as well as her extensive contacts with the community organizations and leaders – attributed to her many years of public relations activities

Jany is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside, earning a BA degree in U. S History and a Master of Public Administration Candidate from California State University, Fullerton.  She is also a member of the NetKAL Fellowship Program, Organized by the Center for Asian Pacific Leadership at the University of Southern California, NetKAL Fellowship Program is a six month series of intensive monthly weekend leadership workshops featuring innovative educators, inspiring speakers, and invigorating discussions with fellow Fellows who are passionate about creating change through civic leadership. Jany also holds CALPELRA Labor Relations Academy Master Certificate and has held various Officer positions within the Orange County Human Resources Consortium (OC-HRC).

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Ada Briceño
Representing

District 2

Appointed by

Supervisor Katrina Foley

How relevant or important is the HRC’s work today?

The Orange County Human Relations Commission’s work is more important than ever. With hate crime and incident reports skyrocketing over the past several years, we see an urgent demand for immediate action to interrupt hate and prejudice in our communities.

What does a #HateFreeOC look like to you?

A #HateFreeOC uplifts all voices with dignity and respect.

Why are you part of the OC Human Relations Commission?

I have made it my life’s work to uplift marginalized voices; like many in Orange County, I too have experienced discrimination and bullying. This Commission is an important partnership with our entire community to create lasting change.

Who inspires you?

Civil rights icons Dolores Huerta, Reverend James Lawson, and Senator Maria Elena Durazo inspire us to be bold. I’m deeply inspired by courageous women in the hotel industry who stand up -- despite all odds -- to have respect on the job, give their all to their families, and help shape their communities.

My favorite quote & author

“I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent's tongue - my woman's voice, my sexual voice, my poet's voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.” -- Gloria Anzuldua

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Chief Mike Hamel
Representing

District 3

Appointed by

City Selection Committee

Profession

Irvine Police Chief

How relevant or important is the HRC’s work today?

Given our richly diverse community with many passionate individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of others, the work of the HRC is more important now than ever.

What does a #HateFreeOC look like to you?

#HateFreeOC looks like a County with diminishing hate crime and a genuine desire to understand and treat with respect others who are different than us.

Why are you part of the OC Human Relations Commission?

To represent the Orange County Law Enforcement community in a manner that breeds mutual trust, understanding and respect, while seeking every opportunity to demonstrate care and compassion for all.

Who inspires you?

People who are naturally inclined to place service before self.

My favorite quote & author

“The police are the public and the public are the police.” – Sir Robert Peel

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Rabbi Richard Steinberg
Representing

District 3

Appointed by

Supervisor Todd Spitzer

How relevant or important is the HRC’s work today?

The Commission’s work is essential to creating and maintaining a environment of inclusion, kindness and respect for the diversity of our county.

What does a #HateFreeOC look like to you?

Very simply put – with Freedom comes Responsibility. #HatefreeOC is our attempt to encourage people to use their freedom to make good choices that result in people caring for one another, for eradicating hate and for lifting up the marginalized.

Why are you part of the OC Human Relations Commission?

It is an honor to serve Orange County in this important work and to create a world God would be proud of.

Who inspires you?

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

My favorite quote & author

Rabbi Heschel said, “…morally speaking, there is no limit to the concern one must feel for the suffering of human beings, that indifference to evil is worse than evil itself, that in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”

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M. Fareed Farukhi
Representing

District 4

Appointed by

City Selection Committee

Profession

CPA

How relevant or important is the HRC’s work today?

The work of the Commission is of greater importance, more so today than before given the level of fear of the other, lack of understanding, intolerance, and care for one another that binds us as people of diversity to build stronger communities. 

What does a #HateFreeOC look like to you?

A county that embraces the differences of color, languages, ethnicity, and gender as one humanity. Where residents feel safe, are able to respectfully deal with one another, learn to live in harmony and with equity.

Why are you part of the OC Human Relations Commission?

As an immigrant, I know the value of diversity and building relations. HRC is the right platform to promote better understanding, break down barriers and prejudices. An opportunity to educate and bring about awareness of our differences that make us special as people of all backgrounds. I am committed to contributing to this positive change in OC and beyond. 

Who inspires you?

My faith and the teaching of Prophet Muhammed (Pbuh); “Kindness is a mark of faith.”

My favorite quote & author

“I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King Jr.

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Amy Buch
Representing

District 5

Appointed by

City Selection Committee

Biographical information is in the process of updating.

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Dot C. Leach
Representing

District 5

Appointed by

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

How relevant or important is the HRC’s work today?

In these times of polarization and bigoted acts against members of various communities within the County it is more relevant than ever. In fact, the work of the HRC is not just relevant; it is essential.

What does a #HateFreeOC look like to you?

A hate-free OC looks like a place where we don't have to even ask what a hate-free OC looks like. It's a place where our diversity is respected and celebrated.

Why are you part of the OC Human Relations Commission?

When the opportunity presented itself and I was asked to serve, I welcomed the opportunity to share what I have learned a through my years in interfaith and human rights work in Orange County

Who inspires you?

Several names come to mind: Mother Teresa; Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry; author Brené Brown; and locally, Rima Nashishibi, founder of Global Hope 365; and Rabbi Heather Miller, founder of Keeping It Sacred.

My favorite quote & author

If we have no peace perhaps it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."--Mother Teresa

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Dr. Dorothy O'Neil
Representing

Member-At-Large

Appointed by

Chairman Andrew Do

Biographical information is in the process of updating.