Johanna S. Schiavoni--Partner, Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP
Johanna S. Schiavoni is the Co-Director of the Board of the San Diego Leadership Alliance. Schiavoni has been involved with SDLA’s benchmark program, the New Leaders Council Institute, since 2010, and is a former Chair of the Institute in San Diego. In her day job as an attorney, Schiavoni is a partner with Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP, a boutique San Diego law firm, where she specializes in appellate litigation and strategic counseling in high stakes litigation matters.
She also is committed to working on pro bono matters to provide legal services to indigent parties, for which she has been recognized by the San Diego County Bar Association and the State Bar of California.
Schiavoni also has been recognized as an outstanding young leader in San Diego’s civic and business life, and is committed to bettering our community through her service on many boards and organizations, and particularly, through the leadership development work of SDLA.
Udoka Nwanna, Esq.--Associate, Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP
Udoka Nwanna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and her Juris Doctor degree from California Western, with a concentration in Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice. After her first year of law school, Ms. Nwanna served as a summer law clerk to the late Honorable Napoleon A. Jones, Jr., United States District Court, Southern District of California. After her second year, she served as a summer law clerk for the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Nwanna practices employment law and professional liability defense as an associate at Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell, LLP. Ms. Nwanna joined their practice after working as a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego. Prior to her work as a prosecutor, Ms. Nwanna was an associate at national law firm focusing her practice on federal class action securities fraud litigation. Before becoming an associate, Ms. Nwanna served as a law clerk to the Honorable John H. Houston, United States District Court, Southern District of California.
Ms. Nwanna is admitted to the California Bar and to practice before all United States District Courts in California. She is also an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association and serves on the boards of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and the California Western School of Law Alumni Board. Ms. Nwanna spends her free time as volunteer at Rady Children’s Hospital.
Midori Wong--Attorney, Latham & Watkins LLP
Midori Wong works for The Treadstone Companies, a national real estate development and advisory group specializing in the creation and preservation of affordable rental housing. She previously served as Chief of Staff to the 2010 Redistricting Commission of the City of San Diego and as a regional planner for the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). An alumna of the University of California - San Diego, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Urban Studies and Planning and Environmental Studies minor. Affiliations include LEAD San Diego, the Junior League of San Diego, and the Urban Land Institute San Diego/Tijuana Chapter. In 2011, she was also named one of Patch.com's "30 Under 30" leaders for San Diego county.