Each year IVCLA members gather to elect new directors to the board and directors returning for their second three-year term. We also present the year’s Outstanding Citizen Diplomat and Outstanding Professional Resource Awards. Guests enjoy a buffet dinner and international wine bar. It is also an opportunity to raise funds for IVCLA by bidding on exciting Silent Auction items and purchasing a ticket (or ten!) for our Annual International Year of Dining Drawing.


Andy Leeka
Outstanding Citizen Diplomats

Andy Leeka is a vital force in the Los Angeles health care community. He has served for the past 14 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Good Samaritan Hospital, a 408-bed nonprofit, tertiary care medical center in the downtown Los Angeles area. Andy has a strong commitment to building global understanding. He serves as the Honorary Consul General of Palau. He also served as the Chair of the IVCLA Board of Directors, and assists IVCLA in arranging meetings for health care professional from around the world. He is well known for his community involvement and was recently honored by the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition. He is a graduate of the University of California Riverside with a B.S. in Psychology and Biology. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California Los Angeles, a Master of Business Administration degree from California State University Northridge, and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Behavior from Phillips Graduate Institute.

The Los Angeles Police Department
Outstanding Resource

The Los Angeles Police Department is the third largest police department in the United States, with 10,000 sworn officers and 3,000 civilian employees, encompassing an area of 473 square miles, a population of approximately 3.8 million people, and an annual budget exceeding one billion dollars. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck oversees the Department and strives to further the Department's ascendancy to the pinnacle of 21st century policing. Major components of this endeavor include the mitigation of crime, the reduction of gang violence and the containment of terrorism. Despite hectic schedules, LAPD officers and Chief Beck take time to meet with international law enforcement officials and civic leaders from around the world who are participating in IVCLA programs. These meetings, which include discussions on topics such as human trafficking, community policing, gang violence prevention and security issues, foster positive connections between Los Angeles and the rest of the world.



The 2014 Citizen Diplomacy Celebration was held at the historic Farmers and Merchants National Bank building. We would like to thank the Consuls General of Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa and Hacienda and Estate Wines and Malibu Family Wines for donating all the wines for the international wine tasting.

ivcla's 2014 Citizen Diplomacy Celebration album on Photobucket

Previous Outstanding Resources are listed on the Professional Resources page.

IVCLA is pleased to announce the election of three new Board Members:

    • Rae Linda Brown, Ph.D.
    • Jonathan Kaji
    • Stephen Ozoigbo

The Citizen Diplomacy Celebration would not be possible without the generous support of local businesses and individuals who participate in our Silent Auction. We thank the generous participation of the individuals, companies and restaurants listed to the right.

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ANA (All Nippon Airways)

Alaska Airlines


Sandra Jones Anderson

Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

Ace Hotel Los Angeles

Aero Mexico Airlines

Alaska Airlines

ANA (All Nippon Airways)

American Cinematheque
Aquarium of the Pacific
Architecture Tours L.A.
Beverly Hills Bodyworks & Grooming Co.
The Broad Stage

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Consulate General of Finland

Consulate General of Kuwait

Consulate General of Thailand

Courtyard by Marriott Old Pasadena

Dwayne Gathers

Good Samaritan Hospital Gift Shop

Halper Fine Art

Hearst Castle

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

Japanese American National Museum

Jitlada Thai Restaurant

June Bilgore
Karen Byrnes
Kentwood Players

King's Seafood Co.

Lanie Denslow
Laugh Factory

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Magicopolis Theater

Mathias Fobi
Matt Olsen
Mattel, Inc.

Melting Pot Food Tours

Mike Duong & Rod Wingfield
Mission San Juan Capistrano

Miyako Hotel - Little Tokyo

Miyako Hybrid Hotel - Torrance

Mulligan Family Fun Center

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Museum of Latin American Art

Omni Hotel Los Angeles

Osteria Mamma

Parker & Morgan Global

Pasadena Playhouse

PRP Wine International

Rick St. John
Roclord Studio

San Diego Zoo

Sanrio, Inc.

Santa Anita Race Track

Santa Monica Yoga

Sky High Sports

Ten Thousand Villages

The Line Hotel

Theatre Palisades


Toshi Sushi

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Wafa Hoballah
Wyndham Santa Monica at the Pier

Yoga House

Yuko Kaifu
Zulu Nyala


Babouch Moroccan Restaurant

Belizean Paradise Cuisine

Faith & Flower
American Contemporary

Hollywood Corner

Locanda del Lago

Maison Akira
French Fusion

Max's Restaurant

Papa Cristo's


Takami Sushi & Robata

Tibet Nepal House

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