Honorary Consul Mr Jaak Treiman
5273 Tendilla Avenue
Phone: +1 818 340 5766
Assignments: Co-founder and General Counsel of Innovation Democracy, Inc., a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to identifying and building on small but significant initiatives started by local innovators in fragile countries. Member of the State Bar of California; Past Board chair of U.S.-Baltic Foundation, a Washington, D.C. 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1990 to support democratic and free market reforms in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Past President of the Canoga Park Chamber of Commerce. Member of the EÜS Põhjala. Honorary Consul for Estonia since 1986.
Professional Experience: B.A. and J.D.degrees, University of Southern California; M.A., International Relations, University of Chicago. Lawyer in private practice for many years focused on real estate, business and corporate law. Following private practice, in-house counsel for a major bankcard processing company, specific practice in electronic contracts, electronic commerce and issues related to credit card processing. Served as a Judge pro tem. Experience in teaching real estate brokers and licensees as well as lecturing International Business. Promotion of education and entrepreneurship development projects in Afghanistan and Somaliland.
Areas for developing relations with Estonia: I see the highest potential for development of relations between Estonia and Southern California in the fields of tourism, the entertainment industry and biotechnology. While Northern California and Silicon Valley are predominant in electronic technology, Southern California is California’s hub for biotechnology.
Vision: In order to be more actively involved in developing relations between Estonia and Southern California I need a steady stream of information about what is happening in Estonia – especially in the areas of tourism promotion, the Estonian entertainment industry and Estonian developments in the area of biotechnology. It would also be helpful if key players in those areas introduced themselves to me and felt free to ask questions.
Personal information: born in Estonia but left with parents when three months old, fleeing the German occupation and the expected Soviet invasion.
Publications: A Diplomatic Guide to Los Angeles Discovering its Sites and Character - Los Angeles presents this book to visiting dignitaries and the Los Angeles Consular Corps presents a copy to each newly arrived head of post. Many articles relating to Estonia in leading international newspapers and magazines,