Our People

Our People

Thomas E. McLainThomas E. McLain

Chair, Asia Society Southern California

Trustee, the Asia Society

Thomas E. McLain is a Trustee of the Asia Society, Member of the Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Global Committee and Member of the Governance Committee. He    also   serves as Chair of the Asia Society Southern California Center and has been active in the Asia Society Southern California for over 15 years.

Thomas E. McLain is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Arnold & Porter LLP.  He focuses his practice on complex domestic and international business transactions, including joint ventures, private equity investments, strategic acquisitions and investments, privatizations, restructurings, location based entertainment, intellectual property licensing, international corporate counseling, and tax-efficient offshore real estate transactions.  In addition to being an attorney, Mr. McLain has worked as an investment banker and as a partner in a private equity firm. He began his career as a foreign law trainee at the Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu law firm in Tokyo in 1974.  Mr. McLain speaks Japanese, has lived, studied and worked in Japan on several occasions, and taught Japanese law at the University of Southern California Law Center.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc.

Mr. McLain 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.  He is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Society and serves as Co-Chair of the Global Committee and Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee; in addition, he is Chairman of the Asia Society Southern California center. Mr. McLain has served on the boards of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.  Mr. McLain is an honors graduate of both Duke University and the Duke School of Law.  He was awarded a Japan Foundation Fellowship to study at the Inter-University Center in Tokyo.


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.