Our People

Jonathan Karp

Executive Director

Jonathan comes to Asia Society after a distinguished career in journalism, including a decade of reporting in Asia. Most recently, he served as Senior Editor at Marketplace Radio, leading the business coverage for their family of public radio shows.

Jonathan began his journalism career in Israel in 1986 and continued as a foreign correspondent based in Hong Kong, New Delhi and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the last two posts as a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal. In 2004, he moved with the Journal to Los Angeles, where he has lived since, with his wife and twin daughter and son. Jonathan studied Middle Eastern History at Princeton. 


Katherine EstradaKatherine Estrada

Assistant Director

Katherine Estrada is Assistant Director of Asia Society Southern California. Katherine joined the Asia Society in 2012 after several years of working with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area.

Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a South Asia regional focus and Global Studies with an East Asia regional emphasis from the University of California at Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate, she spent 6 months studying in Beijing. Katherine has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and participated in a student led consulting project in Foshan, China during her graduate studies.


Thomas E. McLain

Chair, Asia Society Southern California

Trustee, the Asia Society

Thomas E. McLain is Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm with over 40 offices, advising clients on matters with a particular focus on international business transactions, including foreign direct investment, joint ventures, strategic acquisitions and investments, location-based entertainment, intellectual property licensing, and international corporate counseling.

Tom has extensive experience in handling major international transactions in a range of industries, with particular expertise in establishing entertainment venues throughout Asia. Tom, who has lived and worked in Asia, has substantial experience in legal and business issues affecting businesses operating in Japan, Korea, and China. In addition, Tom has been an investment banker and private equity investor in Asia. Tom speaks Japanese.



Tom also was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and as a member of the U.S.-Japan Committee on Cultural and Educational Exchange. He is Chair of the Asia Society Southern California Center and previously served on the Boards of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the US-Japan Bridging Foundation and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.