JUSAK YANG BERNHARD
Board Chair Emeritus
Jusak is a business owner, independent producer and an actor. As a producer, Jusak has produced the critically acclaimed feature film hundred percent; multi-award-winning Public Service Announcements for Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film and Video Festival, and National Asian Pacific American Voter Registration Campaign.
Yang Bernhard Entertainment, Inc. clients included the City of Santa Monica, California State University of Long Beach, Center for Language Minority Education and Research, McDonalds, Toyota, CDC: Verb, the Los Angeles Police Department; and organizations, such as the Asians for Miracle Marrow Matching, CAUSE Vision 21, Chinatown Public Safety Association, Korean American Coalition, Chinese American Museum, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Organization of Chinese Americans.
As an actor, Jusak has appeared on stage, and in television and feature films, such as GREY’S ANATOMY, CSI, THE AGENCY, and WILD THORNBERRIES. On stage, Jusak has performed in Off-Broadway plays, regional theatres, Mark Taper Forum, LA Opera, East West Players and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble.
Named one of the Asian America’s 500 Most Influential People by Avenue Asia Magazine, Jusak is a former Co-President and Board Member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) for many years. He is one of the Founding Members of the Asian Pacific Alliance for Creative Equality (APACE), and has served as Board Member of the Association of Asian Pacific American Artists (AAPAA) and the Asian Pacifics Aids Intervention Team (APAIT). Jusak has been recognized with the Media Award of Excellence (Asian Pacific Exchange Organization); Bronze Apple (National Educational Media Network); Visionary Award (Media Action Network for Asian Americans); Aegis Video & Film Production Awards; and Telly Awards.
Jusak and life-partner, Jeffrey Manley, continue to support CAPE from their residence in Savannah, GA. They run a thriving and unique pet supply store, TailsSpin. TailsSpin has garnered a “2011 Blue Ribbon Award” from the US Chamber of Commerce as one of the top 75 Small Businesses in the country, “2009 New and Emerging Business of the Year” from Savannah Small Business Chamber, “Business of the Year” from the First City Network, and “Winner” and “Runner–up” for the “Best of Savannah” surveys from Connect Savannah, South, and Savannah Magazines