Chanchanit Martorell

Executive Director, Los Angeles Thai Community Development Center

Los Angeles, CA

Accelerate Collaboration, Act Local First, Prioritize Equity  |  Advocacy, Community Economic Development, Incubator / Accelerator, Technical Assistance

Chancee is transforming economic development and social and economic mobility for Los Angeles’ Thai and ethnic communities through cultural tourism, entrepreneurship training, affordable housing, and much more.

Chancee is the executive director of the Los Angeles Thai Community Development Center. Her experiences leading to the founding of Thai CDC include work as a planner, a congressional aide, and work with other legislative offices. She is also known for creating and teaching the first Thai-American Experience course at UCLA, conducting the landmark needs assessment of the Thai community, co-authoring publications on Asian poverty, community economic development, and economic disparity in inner city Los Angeles, and leading the campaign to designate Thai Town in Los Angeles. She is a spokesperson against human trafficking and modern-day slavery and a leading community development practitioner. Dedicated to social and economic justice, she actively serves on a number of community, immigrant, and labor rights organizations, and has received numerous awards and honors. She received her BA and MA from UCLA. Born in Thailand, she currently resides in Los Angeles.


  • Worked for the designation of East Hollywood as Thai Town, which revitalized the area.
  • Developed 106 units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families.
  • Have helped start up thousands of Thai-owned businesses.
  • Assisted over 2,000 victims of human trafficking and their families.
  • Started a farmers’ market making fresh produce accessible to low-income individuals and families.