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, Jonathan served as Senior Editor at Marketplace Radio, leading the business coverage for their family of public radio shows.

Karp 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. Karp 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

Tom McLain retired as partner in Arnold and Porter but continues an active practice as Senior Counsel in the Los Angeles office. His practice is focused on domestic and international business transactions, including foreign direct investment into the United States, joint ventures, strategic acquisitions and investments, location based entertainment, intellectual property licensing, international corporate counseling.

Tom began his professional career as a foreign law trainee at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu in Tokyo in 1974-75. He returned to NO&T in 1978-1979, handling transactions throughout Asia on behalf of Japanese companies. He speaks Japanese and taught a course in Japanese law at the University of Southern California Law Center. He served on the board of directors of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) from 2006-2012 and was a member of the Audit, Risk and Compensation Committees.

Tom is a Trustee of the Asia Society and is Chairman of the Asia Society Southern California center. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and as a member of the US-Japan Committee on Cultural and Educational Exchange. Tom has promoted educational and leadership exchanges between the U.S., Asia and the U.K. as a founder of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation, The Century of the Pacific Conference, the British-American Project and the U.S.-Japan Young Leaders Project. He also has served on the boards of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Board of Visitors of the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.Tom is a graduate of Duke University where he earned an AB in Political Science, and of Duke University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He was a Japan Foundation Fellow at the Inter-University Center in Tokyo.