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meet the team


President & CEO

Under the direction of the ICDLA Board of Directors, Janet is responsible for leading the organization as it creates global dialogue through citizen diplomacy. Janet has been dedicated to promoting ICDLA’s mission and expanding its reach in the Los Angeles area throughout her more than two decades with the organization. She is deeply passionate about the critical importance of building international understanding and cooperation. She is also involved in the local community, serving on the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce’s World Trade Week Committee, and as Chair of the Heidelberg Club L.A. Chapter. She also recently served on the L.A./Beirut Sister Cities Board. When she’s not busy at ICDLA, she enjoys visiting the fantastic L.A. area museums, and traveling - wherever and whenever she has the chance to go.


Chief Operating Officer

Ho Lo joined ICDLA in 2001. As Chief Operating Officer, Ho is responsible for maintaining the operations of the organization to meet program goals and projections, and for the organization’s financial reports. He also prepares the financial information for ICDLA's public and private grant applications and provides tech support for the ICDLA office. Ho finds fulfillment in working with ICDLA because it helps him further his goal of creating a more peaceful world. Outside of ICDLA, Ho enjoys the simple things in life, like cooking, barbecuing, fishing and camping. He and his wife also love to explore America.  


Director of International Programs

Danica graduated from UCLA, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in French. She speaks fluent French, Serbian, and Croatian. She started working at ICDLA as a Projects Coordinator before becoming a Program Officer. Her experience working internationally at the United Nations Development Program in Belgrade, Serbia piqued her interest in the intersection of diplomacy and social justice. Her favorite part about working at ICDLA is how rewarding it feels to create programs which change lives, not only professionally, but by bridging cultural barriers, promoting open dialogue, and allowing visitors to connect with Americans on a personal level. She enjoys traveling, exploring new hiking trails and playing basketball.


Program Officer

Victoria Meza has been with ICDLA since 2018. She started working as the Projects Coordinator before transitioning to Program Officer. As Program Officer, Victoria is responsible for arranging professional exchange programs for international participants taking part in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). Her favorite part about working at ICDLA is meeting with the participants of the IVLP and exchanging culture. Victoria graduated from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Korean through the Language Flagship Program and speaks fluent Korean. She spent her senior year abroad studying at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea. She has a pitbull-boxer dog named Jojo.


Communications and Events Coordinator

Eleanor (Ellie) graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Spanish Cultural Studies and a minor in Studio Art. She is fluent in Spanish and studied abroad at la Universidad de la Habana in Havana, Cuba. While there, she studied language, art history, and Caribbean culture. Ellie is passionate about cultural studies and has been with ICDLA since the summer of 2021. She is responsible for the monthly newsletter, membership, planning events, and the ICDLA social media. She loves ICDLA’s dedication to cultural exchange and citizen diplomacy. In her free time, Ellie enjoys hiking, traveling, various artistic pursuits and spending time with her friends. 

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Tu Le

Projects Coordinator

Tu Le graduated from California State University at Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration focusing on Management Information Systems. He worked in corporate I.T. for seven years before joining ICDLA in 2012. Tu enjoys working for ICDLA because he believes in its mission of bettering the world through cultural exchange, and especially loves interacting with visiting citizen diplomats from all corners of the globe. He is fluent in Vietnamese and can also carry a simple conversation in Spanish. In his free time, Tu likes to travel with his wife and daughter, particularly visiting the national parks.

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