SBPA YouTube Channel Update

Do you know SBPA has a YouTube Channel? The contents of the video below were created by one of our members, Sonyo Gray. (Thank you for your great work!) The video was made and uploaded onto our Youtube Channel on October 15, 2022, so it was a while ago. However, this video has a lot of fantastic information for you to know what we can offer during your job search.

Currently, we are working on more useful and educational videos for job seekers and local professionals. Click on the image below or go to our Youtube Channel to see the video.

Lastly and most importantly, please subscribe our TouTube Channel!


SBPA Resource Directory

Here is our newest SBPA Resource Directory issued on January 30, 2023. We have all the necessary resources during your job search including following topics:


・Networking Opportunity

・ Resume Writing Sessions

・Mock Interview Sessions

・Resource for Shelter

・Compensation Negotiations

Financial Literacy

Educational Funding / Career Development

Healthy Lifestyles

Resources for Emergency Funding

First Source Team

Job Scan

Job Search

Addiction Treatment Shelter

We will be periodically updating the Resource Directory. Please check it out again whenever you need it. Click on the image below or the highlighted words at the bottom to download the PDF version of the Resource Directory.

Click to dowload SBPA Resource Directory.


Member Spotlight: Glenn Yamada

This month our SBPA Member Spotlight shines on SBPA Treasurer Glenn Yamada!

Glenn Yamada is an Estate Planning Attorney and founder of HG Estate Planning. Through witnessing the pain his father endured due to the lack of estate planning, Glenn understands the importance of leaving behind a legacy of caring for our loved ones, especially children. Glenn guides his clients through the process to create a plan that truly meets their unique needs in a professional yet compassionate manner.

Born in Japan, raised in Gardena and currently living in San Pedro, Glenn has a deep connection with the South Bay. Glenn graduated from Nathaniel Narbonne High School in Harbor City, attained his B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA, his J.D. law degree from The Ohio State University and returned to UCLA for his Masters in Public Policy degree. Inspired by the pursuit of justice he saw on his favorite TV show, Law and Order, Glenn interned in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office and transitioned into immigration law after graduation. Disheartened by the general adversarial nature of law, Glenn was receptive when his wife suggested that he use his skill and legal experience in estate planning. Glenn focuses on building relationships based on caring and trust. By listening to his clients and engaging in honest conversation, Glenn constructs a plan – with the foundation of a will, trust, power of attorney and advance health care directive – that ensures that his clients’ desires are carried out as they had wished.

When not attending to his clients’ peace of mind, Glenn enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family. Glenn also fancies singing karaoke (his go-to song is Billy Joel’s Piano Man), playing basketball and appreciating good movies.

After reading the self-help book What Color Is Your Parachute, Glenn acted on the book’s suggestion to find a job search group and discovered the South Bay Professional Association. Glenn was impressed by the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere of the membership. He has learned helpful strategies and tools to challenge his comfort zone, which motivated him to create and engage in group and one-on-one presentations. With practice and constructive feedback, Glenn honed exceptional techniques to be of optimal service to his clients. Glenn looks forward to sharing that same knowledge, fellowship and support with any new or current SBPA members.

Member Spotlight: Harold Salas

This month our SBPA Member Spotlight shines on Harold Salas!
As an SBPA member, Harold served in several capacities and is currently Vice President.

As a certified Data Scientist from University of California, Irvine (UCI) and with a Bachelors in Communications from California State University Dominguez Hills, Harold has over 10 years of experience and brings a wealth of knowledge. Using both Windows 10 and Linux distros, Harold successfully accessed a variety of databases to export, transform and analyze data.

With Harold’s positive (Can Do) attitude, you can count on him to not only find value in the data analyzed, but to share that data with others in a way that is both understandable and valued.

Harold has covered a wide array of topics in data science including data-driven discovery and prediction, data engineering at scale (inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data), structured and unstructured data, pattern recognition, data mining, data visualization, exporting from different databases, SQL and machine learning. 

Working in different industries and departments Harold is intimately familiar with data associated with Financing, Inventory, Marketing, Manufacturing and other departments. Harold would make a great addition to any team.

At SBPA, Harold’s communication and technical contributions are held in high regard and it is for this reason that Harold Salas has been selected to be in the Member Spotlight.

Click on the link if you wish to know more about Harold Salas.

Member Spotlight: Tamiko Wakabayashi

This month our SBPA Member Spotlight shines on Tamiko Wakabayashi!

A SBPA member, Tamiko has served as Vice President of SBPA. She is also an architectural and interior designer who has worked internationally in Asia and the US. Tamiko is the first initiator of the SBPA Member Spotlight Project and active since 2019.

Hello. My name is Tamiko Wakabayashi. I am very honored to be a first spotlight member of SBPA. I am originally from Japan and have been living in the Southern California since 2012.

I studied Interior Design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree. After the graduation, I started my career as an interior designer at Nakamura Display and Equipment, Corp. where I had various commercial projects such as retail stores, bowling alleys, office spaces, hotels and so on.

After working as an interior designer in Tokyo, Japan for 4 years, I decided to move to the US and to enter into the three-year Master of Architecture program at Washington University in St. Louis. I was shocked to learn how the deign approach between Interior Design and Architecture was so different. I almost felt like I needed to think everything upside-down when I design a building. I finished the program and started my first architecture job as an intern at DTS Shaw Architects (later merged with Perkins & Will) in Boston, Massachusetts. I had experience in residential, commercial, and institutional projects while living in Boston.

In 2007, I returned to Japan. My immigration status needed to be approved by the US government, so I found a job at ARTERIOR, Co. Ltd., the Tokyo-based interior design organization and started working there. The company gave me another opportunity to work on bigger scale commercial projects in Asia. It was fun going back and forth China and Japan to attend design and construction meetings. I could see the fusion of classic and modern aspects happening at the same time in the city of Beijing and other major cities in China at that moment.

My immigration status had been approved, so I moved back to the US with my family in 2012. Since then, I have been living in Torrance. I have worked on small residential and office renovation projects since living in the South Bay and would be happy to get involved in more bigger projects right now. You can find more about me at my website at

I would be happy to meet and help people in the South Bay Community and beyond!