Co-Program Director
August 2021 – present

CHISATO HOTTA, DSW, LMFT, LPCC (she/her), is a licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed professional clinical counselor and a doctor in social work. She currently runs a program that assists youth who are involved with the justice system, working closely with an amazing team consisting of court officials, social workers, a case manager, probation, and more. She also works part time as a program supervisor, an adjunct professor and a trainer. She has trained others on trauma, commercial sexual exploitation of children, parenting, autism and more . She is also the 2021-2023 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) chair for the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (CNLI).

She obtained her bachelors degree at University of California, Berkeley, her masters at Pepperdine University, and doctorate at University of Southern California. She has been featured in blogs, a magazine and podcasts and is always excited to do more. In her personal life, she is a mom of twin boys who are both on the autism spectrum and is passionate about sharing about their progress to others to show that autism is not a bad thing.