Celebrate the life and achievements of Judy Nishimoto Ota on the Terasaki Budokan Donor Wall by making a donation in her memory.

Judy’s interest in community and affordable housing began in the late 60’s as a member of the Asian American Social Workers and increased in the 1970’s as a member of the Little Tokyo People’s Rights Organization (LTPRO). Wanting to challenge the system, Judy entered UCLA Law School (there were less than 10 Asians in her class). She honed her legal skills working for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles in the Housing Unit. Judy’s anger at the loss of affordable housing throughout LA and her desire to create more housing in Little Tokyo led her to quit her job as an attorney and become the Housing Program Director for LTSC.

Even though she is not here today, Judy’s vision for Little Tokyo and memory of its history has been the basis for building more housing, retaining historic buildings and taking big, bold steps.  Bill Watanabe said, “She was strong, stubborn, ornery, forthright, committed, passionate and not always easy to get along with – and these are also the qualities that made her such a great advocate for those who needed help, and why she meant so much to those who knew and loved her.”

Please participate in this fundraising campaign to memorialized Judy Nishimoto Ota and her dedication to preserving Little Tokyo on the Terasaki Budokan donor wall.

Click here for the Terasaki Budokan Pledge Form, please mail the completed form to LTSC.  All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Terasaki Budokan (operated under Little Tokyo Service Center) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit.  Tax ID# 95-4444102.