Joseph Cho, Ph.D., Councilmember
Updated May 1, 2014
Councilmember Joseph Cho, Ph.D. was elected to the Cerritos City Council in March 2007 and re-elected in 2011. He served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2009-2010 and as Mayor in 2010–2011.
Dr. Cho is a Council liaison for the ABC Unified School District and Cerritos Community College and serves on the City's Performing Arts and Senior Services/Senior Center committees. He is the Council's delegate to the Southeast Water Coalition. Dr. Cho is the alternate delegate to the California Contract Cities Association and Gateway Cities Council of Governments — 91/605/405 Corridor Cities Committee. He is also the first alternate delegate to the Sanitation Districts 2, 3, & 18/Waste Management and the second alternate delegate to the Sanitation District 19/Waste Management.
A Cerritos resident since 1976, Dr. Cho has a long history of community involvement. Dr. Cho is an active member of the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce and the Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club. He is also a founder and active board member of the Mid-Cities Korean American Chamber of Commerce.
In 2004 Dr. Cho and his wife, Lucy, founded the Lucy and Joseph Cho Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing grant awards and programs to assist Cerritos area students with educational advancement.
Dr. Cho had a career as a journalist and later established a successful printing company which he sold in 2002. He has been employed by L & J Development and Management, Inc. since 2003. Dr. Cho has attended Seoul National University; California State University, Northridge and Cerritos College, and earned a doctorate in history from Yanbian University.
Dr. Cho published and edited the Korean Street Journal from 1981 to 1991, and also published the Los Angeles Korean Daily Newspaper in 1984. In addition, he was a columnist for Radio Korea from 1995 to 1997. Dr. Cho has written four books, including "Have the North Korea been changing?" (1990); "Nuclear Issue and Re-Unification in Korean Peninsula" (1994); "Re-Unification in Korean Peninsula" (1998); and "Nuclear Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: A Study of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and a road map for peace" (2006).
He and his wife have two sons and one daughter, all of whom are practicing attorneys. They also have one grandson.