Foundation

Meet the Riverbend International School Foundation Members. The Riverbend International School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports fundraising for projects and educational opportunities for Riverbend International School’s students and faculty.

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano was first elected to Congress in 1998, and Napolitano is currently serving her ninth congressional term. Her Los Angeles County-based district covers several cities and communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Napolitano serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and is currently the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. She continues to advance projects and policies that relieve congestion, improve transit, and reduce the negative impacts her district takes on as a primary shipping corridor from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Napolitano also serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and is a long-time promoter of conservation, water recycling, desalination, and groundwater management as solutions to Southern California’s water needs. Napolitano is the founder and Chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. She has been active in securing mental health parity in the Affordable Care Act, promoting mental health legislation, and working with prominent figures to increase funding and access to mental health services in Congress. Her 2001 program providing mental health and suicide prevention services on-site in four schools has expanded to 26 schools with assistance from Los Angeles County Mental Health, which now serves as a model program for H.R. 1211, the Mental Health in Schools Act. She is also the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Youth Challenge Caucus, which supports Youth Challenge: a program run by the National Guard cadre using military discipline and education to assist at-risk youth complete high school to emerge better armed with knowledge and training for success. The Congresswoman is a member and former Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which addresses the impact of national issues on the Hispanic community.

Senator Isadore Hall Isadore Hall III, was first elected to the California State Senate in December 2014, represents the 35th State Senate District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington. Hall currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Governmental Organization Committee and serves on the Banking & Financial Institutions, Health, Insurance and Public Employment & Retirement Committees. Previously, Hall represented California’s 64th Assembly District from 2008 to 2014 and served as the Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. During his tenure in the Assembly, Hall authored notable legislation and has been an influential and decisive voice on various public policy issues including: addressing the state’s fiscal crisis, job creation, reducing childhood obesity and diabetes, improving public safety, expanding access to education technology and the creation of a sustainable statewide water policy. In 2009, Hall successfully authored legislation to help build the world’s first ‘green’ professional football stadium. Located in Los Angeles County, the proposed 75,000 seat LEED certified NFL stadium and entertainment complex will create over 18,000 jobs and utilize the latest in technology, planning and design to create the most environmentally sustainable athletic stadium complex ever created. Hall began his career of public service in 2001 when he was elected to the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Hall served.

Dr. Anthony Fellow Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fellow is Professor of Communications and Adjunct Professor of Political Science in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, where he is a tenured professor in the third largest communications department in the United States. He also serves as director of the college’s journalism program which includes tracks in print, broadcast, and visual journalism. Fellow also is coordinator of all core communications courses and is responsible for scheduling and assigning faculty to courses. In addition, he is an adjunct professor of journalism in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. Besides teaching journalism courses, Fellow teaches courses in History & Philosophy of American Mass Communications, Communications Law, Principles of Communications Research, Media Effects, and graduate courses in International Communications, American Media History, Media and Politics, and Communications and Governance. He has written two books, The Copy Editors’ Handbook for Newspapers and American Media History, and numerous journal articles on health communications. He has presented his health research at international conferences. Before entering university teaching, he was a reporter, political columnist, and city editor for 10 years with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He covered the presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter for the Thomson Newspapers. He continues to write newspaper columns on politics and water issues.

Dr. Gay Yuen has been an educator for 43 years. She is currently professor emeriti at California State University, Los Angeles. For 25 years, she taught future teachers in the areas of second language acquisition and multicultural education. As chair of the division, she oversaw the teacher credentialing programs for elementary and secondary education, as well as more than 15 graduate education programs. Dr. Yuen is often called upon by local, state, national, and international education agencies to serve on committees and commissions. She was instrumental in developing statewide bilingual and ESL standards that are now the guidelines for the education and assessment of K-12 students. Dr. Yuen has been invited by the governments of the People’s Republic of China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia to assist in the setting of their minority education policies and practices.Dr. Yuen has been serving on community non-profit boards since the early 1970’s. Her 50 years of volunteerism has focused mainly on equal access, language policies, and minority rights. She is currently immediate past president of the Board of the Chinese American Museum where she continues to focus on bringing the history and experiences of the Chinese in the U.S. to current and future museum goers. She joined the Asian Youth Center Board of Directors more than 20 years ago and served as the Board President in 2010-2012. AYC recognized Dr. Yuen’s contributions by presenting with the President’s Award in 2014. She also serves on the boards of the Global Education Academy Charter Schools in south Los Angeles and the Pacific Rim Institute of CSULA. Named a “Local Hero” by KCET, Dr. Yuen has received numerous awards for her work in education, women’s rights and social justice. In 2016, California Assemblymember Ed Chau presented her with his Woman of the Year Award. In 2017, she was also presented the Woman of the Year Award by US. Congresswoman Judy Chu. Also in 2017, the Chinese American Elected Officials presented Dr. Yuen with their Lifetime Achievement Award.Over 20 years ago, Gay Yuen founded the Ronald McDonald Asian Leadership Scholarship Program. The program continues to provide scholarships to HS students to attend 4 year colleges and universities. She has also served as a board member of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, East West Players, and is a founding member of the Mandarin in the Schools Committee of the Committee of 100. She continues to contribute to community organizations through volunteerism.