Kana Lee joined Touchdown’s Los Angeles team in spring of 2018 to serve as the marketing manager. Her prior experience spans multiple industries from hospitality, operations management, market research, marketing in architecture, marketing in law, and creative direction for brand development.
Kana’s most recent work prior to Touchdown was in qualitative market research with The Band Consultancy where she led respondent recruiting for fashion, retail, consumer packaged goods, and hospitality brands. The team applied design thinking and ethnographic philosophy to research for large corporations. Simultaneously, Kana also managed her family’s Japanese restaurant and opened a specialty coffee shop.
Kana graduated from Allegheny College with a BA in Political Science and Communication Arts and a minor in Asian studies. After college she worked in Japan as an English teacher.
In 2011, as the Creative Director for the 626 Night Market, an events organization creating a large scale Asian night market in Los Angeles, Kana designed the arts experience for the night market as well as implemented systems for seamless operations before and during the festival. Under her advisory, the team grew attendance for the event from a few thousand to 40,000 guests. Today, the event continues to thrive and has over 100,000 attendees.
Outside of work, Kana is a dancer. Her training began in college and extended to most of the major dance studios all around the world. After moving back to LA from Japan, she became a principal dancer and choreographer for two LA based dance companies, one of which was an all-female group she directed for nearly a decade. When she’s not dancing, Kana enjoys being in nature, photography, traveling, exploring art, learning more about innovation, dreaming up big ideas, and being in immersive creative experiences.
Favorite team – Golden State Warriors
Favorite athletes – Steph Curry, Jeremy Lin, and Kristi Yamaguchi
Favorite moment – Hosting 197 delegates from the Special Olympics Germany team on behalf of the City of Monterey Park for Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles
Favorite Restaurant Experience – Jungsik in Seoul, Korea