Sarai Koo, Ph.D.
CEO and Founder of MAPS 4 College
President of Project SPICES
Dr. Koo has extensive educational, life, and practical experience to develop a life transforming holistic program to help people discover their purpose in life, provide the techniques to overcome obstacles, and find a path to live a quality life. In 2011, she was nationally recognized as the top 100 Korean American leaders and top 20 Korean American Community Leaders. As a passionate community leader, speaker, and author she has worked tirelessly to work with diverse groups of people to help improve their quality lives. She is the current Chief Visionary at Project SPICES. In 2014, she wrote a creative non-fiction book entitled Seoul Food. This book is a compilation of short stories of a Korean American living in Los Angeles (inspired by House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros).
Dr. Koo has an earned Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Culture and Curricular Studies at Chapman University. She received the Master of Arts in Human Development – specializing in Leadership in Education and Human Services as well as sub-specializing in College Teaching and Teaching Adults. She received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development at the University of California, San Diego and has completed numerous training and certificate programs held at prestigious universities.
She has served on the National Association of College Admission Counseling Greater Los Angeles College Fair (the largest fair in CA) since 2006. At a national level, she is the chair for the Systemic Violence in Education, Schools, and Communities with the Council on Anthropology and Education, the 6th largest section of the American Anthropological Association.
Yo (Yukiko) Okada, Director of Human Resources
Yo worked at a school district in the human resources department all her life. When she retired, she wanted to give back to the community. The first organization she found was MAPS 4 College. Since 2010, she has served as MAPS’ HR Director.
Celia has been with MAPS since 2010. She is a dedicated mom, staff member, and friend. She has a natural talent to value all human beings. If she is not working, she is sharing lives with staff and community members. She is a great asset!
Agnes is a current Master in Social Work student at CSULB. She loves the elderly and helping MAPS fulfill its mission.
Leslie Martinez has extensive experience as a manager at various business sectors, such as Smith and Barney. She applies her previous experience and knowledge to oversee MAPS’ programmatic operations for the Covered CA program.