Derek Okada, AM'93

Former Club President and VP of Programs, and host of several Career Month Events

How long have you lived in Los Angeles (or the surrounding areas)?
I’ve lived in LA all of my life and have only been away during brief stints during college internships in San Francisco and Washington D.C. And during my graduate school studies at the University of Chicago.


Where was your favorite place to study on campus? 
Anywhere on the Quad on a beautiful Spring day. Otherwise, the Regenstein Library.

The Los Angeles Times or Onion?
Definitely the LA Times, my former employer (well, technically the Tribune Company)

Which is your favorite LA metro line (i.e., Green, Red, Blue, Gold)? 
As a former UCLA Bruin (undergrad), I’d have to go with the Gold line.

What activity would you recommend to those new to the city? 
I would recommend getting plugged in with our local alumni network at one of our wonderful alumni events. We have a diversity of fun-filled and intellectually stimulating events including Summer Picnic, hikes, museum tours, book clubs, astronomy events, etc.

What is your favorite restaurant? 
If you’re in the South Bay, my local favorite is H.T. Grill. Otherwise, Morton’s in Beverly Hills.

What was your favorite class?
As a former Economics major, International Financial Policy at the Booth School (GSB back in the day).

Who was your favorite professor?
Terry Clark in urban sociology. He encouraged me to research my Asian American roots in urban politics.

What is on your LA bucket list?
The Getty Museum...yes, I’m a late bloomer.

What would you add to the Scavenger Hunt list?
A photo of Roger Ebert’s, X'70, star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A tribute to a great former Chicago student.