Lon S. Hatamiya is President and CEO of the Hatamiya Group in Davis, California.
Lon specializes in international, national and regional economic analysis, litigation support, political economy, international business transactions, banking, government, transportation, entertainment and sports, and public infrastructure finance.
He assists businesses and public agencies analyze existing and proposed government policies, develop sound policy alternatives and communicate the results to decision-makers.
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He has testified over a hundred times before the World Trade Organization, U.S. Congress, California State Legislature, and federal, state and local courts, boards and commissions on a wide variety of issues. He is also an accomplished public speaker, having been invited to address hundreds of gatherings around the world.
From 2007 to 2010, Hatamiya was a Director, at Navigant Consulting, LLC, a specialized global expert services firm. From 2004 to 2007, he was a Director at LECG, LLC, an economic expert consulting firm.
He also served as Secretary of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, the state’s primary promoter of economic development, job creation, and business retention efforts. After unanimous confirmation by the California State Senate on April 8, 1999, Secretary Hatamiya became the first Asian Pacific American to hold a cabinet-level position in California state history, where he served until the end of November, 2003. In this capacity, he also served as the Chairman of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank.
Before his tenure as Secretary, Hatamiya was appointed to serve as the Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He oversaw the USDA’s obligations concerning international trade agreements, negotiations, and trade policy development.
Prior to FAS, Hatamiya was also appointed to serve as Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the USDA from 1993 to 1997, where he was responsible for over 50 federal programs, dealing with the marketing, grading, and inspection of various agricultural products.
Hatamiya was also founder and President of an international management-consulting firm, practiced law for the international firm of Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe, and worked for both The Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
Hatamiya previously served as Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Davis Graduate School of Management and as a Senior Fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Affairs. He serves as a lecturer at the University of California at Davis School of Law.
Currently, Hatamiya serves on the Board of Directors of Quiks, an online payments company, and AGNI Energy, Inc., a fusion energy startup. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of U.S. Bank and the Central Valley Fund, and served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for SunTherm Energy. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Environmental Power Corporation, an alternative energy, renewable biogas company. Hatamiya graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Economics. In addition, he earned his M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.