Board Of Directors

Lynda Boone Fetter

Board Chair
Principal
Boone Fetter LLC

Lynda Boone Fetter

Board Chair
Principal
Boone Fetter LLC

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Carl E. Dickerson

Board Vice Chair
Founder and Chairman
Dickerson Employee Benefits

Carl E. Dickerson

Board Vice Chair
Founder and Chairman
Dickerson Employee Benefits

Carl Dickerson is the chairman and founder of Dickerson Insurance Services, which he started in 1965 after working as a teacher and educator for four years at UC San Francisco and West Philadelphia High School. He is involved in various civic groups, including service as a board member and vice chair of Town Hall Los Angeles, a downtown-based nonprofit that has been “presenting issues that affect the Los Angeles community and providing a platform for public discussion from a nonpartisan point of view” for 80 years. He also is an advisory board member for Irvine-based Acorns Grow Inc.’s Acorns Micro- Investing App, which raised $50 million funding round led by New York-based Black Rock Inc. earlier this year. The app brings microinvesting to the masses at nominal fees with no minimums. Dickerson is a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the first degree-granting Historically Black College and University.

Patrick Niemann

Board Secretary
Office Managing Partner
Greater Los Angeles Ernst & Young LLP

Patrick Niemann

Board Secretary
Office Managing Partner
Greater Los Angeles Ernst & Young LLP

As Managing Partner of the EY Los Angeles office, Pat leads a team of over 2,000 professionals who serve more than 1,000 clients in all of Los Angeles’ key industries, including real estate, construction, public sector, consumer products, technology, manufacturing, retail, entertainment, life sciences, and health care. Pat is also a client-serving partner who works with public and private companies in diverse sectors, from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Pat has served as Managing Partner since 2011, prior to which he managed EY’s Greater Los Angeles audit practice. Pat is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He currently is a member of the USC Marshall Corporate Advisory Board and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by USC Leventhal.

Michelle Wroan

Board Treasurer
Partner
KPMG LLP

Michelle Wroan

Board Treasurer
Partner
KPMG LLP

Michelle Wroan is the managing partner of KPMG’s Los Angeles office and leads over 1,500 professionals in providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services to KPMG’s clients. In addition, Michelle is an Audit partner serving clients from the emerging growth stage to mature public companies. Currently, Michelle also serves as the National Media Industry Leader for KPMG’s Media practice and is responsible for representing the firm in the marketplace, developing marketplace strategies, leading the growth and success of the firm’s media industry practice, and helping ensure clients receive outstanding service. The media industry team serves film, television, music, broadcasting, sports, publishing, and advertising companies, helping them develop and execute their strategy to succeed during this time of rapid industry disruption. Her significant experience in the tech, media and consumer market industries from startups to Fortune 500 companies produces a unique perspective to help clients. Michelle is also passionate about advancing women in the workplace. She helped found the Los Angeles chapter of KPMG’s Executive Leadership Institute for Women, serves on the executive board of the KPMG Network of Women (KNOW), on the board of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, and as a mentor to female entrepreneurs through the Women’s Founder Network.

Kim McCleary Blue

President & CEO
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall

Kim McCleary Blue

President & CEO
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall

Kim McCleary Blue is the President & CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall, the city’s most prominent nonprofit public speaker forum, which has hosted past presidents, key business leaders and cultural icons since 1937. Her career experience includes senior executive positions in the nonprofit and private sectors, with accomplishments resulting from her skills in public affairs, strategic planning, fundraising, program management, marketing and operations. Prior to joining LAWACTH, McCleary was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of New Visions Foundation, which focuses on providing excellent educational opportunities to underserved youth. McCleary also spent more than 20 years at the Los Angeles Times serving in most of the major operational management roles. She is widely known for The Times’ community outreach efforts that she led as Vice President of Public Affairs. She also served as President of the paper’s charitable foundations, The Times Mirror and Los Angeles Times Foundations, and has served in a leadership position on numerous Los Angeles nonprofit boards. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Robert Abernethy

Founder and President Tech Center
President Tech Center

Robert Abernethy

Founder and President Tech Center
President Tech Center

Robert J. Abernethy is Chairman of American Standard Development Company. He received a BA from Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, certificates in Real Estate and Construction from UCLA and was formerly the Controller of the Technology Division of Hughes Aircraft Company. He is on the boards of Johns Hopkins, Brookings and New America. He serves as a Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Council and of The Los Angeles Music Center.

Cecile Ablack

International Communications Consultant

Cecile Ablack

International Communications Consultant

Cécile Ablack is a leading international communications and public affairs strategist with experience spanning the public, private, and academic sectors. She has worked with governments, heads-of-state, multi-national companies, and universities in the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

In the public arena, Cecile was Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, serving as the chief communications official for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In that capacity, she built a long- term strategic communications operation and managed teams of public information officers faced with the daily media and crisis communications challenges associated with running the second largest city in the U.S.

In the first Clinton Administration, Cecile served as Director of International CommunicationsandGovernmentAffairsattheU.S.DepartmentofCommerce. Asenior presidential appointee, she was responsible for defining and building the communications, congressional, and intergovernmental activities for international trade affairs. Cecile ran the departments that oversaw government relations, media strategy, press conferences, and briefings for Presidential trade missions and trade negotiations including intellectual property rights, market access, anti-dumping duties, China-MFN, US-Japan auto, GATT, WTO, and NAFTA.

In the private sector, Cecile has worked as a senior executive for leading public affairs and advertising agencies, including APCO Associates, the GCI Group, and Grey Advertising. Her clients have included Mars Inc., Xerox, Smith Kline Beecham, and British Telecom. She has advised the governments of Japan, Hong Kong, and Mexico and the Prime Ministers of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

In 2010, Cecile was literally the last woman standing in a bitterly contested election in her native Trinidad and Tobago, when the foreign consultants hired by the Coalition Party, challenging the powerful incumbent political rulers, were summarily deported by the government. Protected by her own security team, Cecile stayed on the island, where she had grown up, to continue the work of democracy, and took over the lead role in what was the first new media and social networking election campaign in the Caribbean. Cecile’s social media campaign became the nation’s main source for information since local media coverage was suppressed by the ruling party. Her client, the underdog Coalition Party, rose dramatically in the polls, won the election in a landslide, and installed Trinidad and Tobago’s first female Prime Minister.

Cecile also was an Associate Dean for Public Affairs and Strategic Planning at Yale University. During her ten years in that role, she initiated and directed efforts to restructure and enhance the profile and public exposure of Yale’s business school. Cecile trained and led teams that ran new media, public affairs, media relations, advertising, internal relations, and special events. Applications increased 80 percent and for the first time in its history, the Yale School of Management was ranked as a top ten business school by leading media organizations.

Early in her career, Cecile lived and work in Jamaica where she created and ran grassroots communications and training programs to involve rural communities in healthcare, education, cooperative farming, tourism, and political advocacy.

Cecile is married to prominent political communications analyst Daniel Schnur and is the mother of two children, Rob, a technology consultant with a leading Los Angeles realty firm, and Tessa, an actress and professional commercial voiceover artist. She was born in London, England, attended primary through secondary school in Trinidad and Tobago and has a B.A. from Yale University. Cecile holds citizenship in three countries and is proud that long before it became the norm, she has never joined a political party and has voted for candidates from all parties in every election in which she has participated, from the U.K. to the U.S. to Trinidad and Tobago.

David G. Adishian

Senior Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

David G. Adishian

Senior Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

For over twenty years, the Adishian Group within Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, has advised affluent executives, families and charitable organizations on investment strategies designed to help preserve and grow their portfolio assets. And, for businesses, the Group offers access to institutional 401(k) plan services, deferred compensation plans and equity award plan administration, including SEC Rule 144 and 10b5-1 plans for public company officers and directors. David G. Adishian is a Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor and joined Merrill in 1996. David graduated with Omicron Delta Epsilon honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Business Economics and received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law where he was a Margaret Brock Scholar. David holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Rand S. April

Retired Partner – Los Angeles Office Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Rand S. April

Retired Partner – Los Angeles Office Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Mr. April is one of our Class III directors and currently serves as a member of the compensation committee and the nominating and governance committee. Mr. April was a Partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm, for three decades until 2013 and Mr. April served as the leader of Skadden’s Los Angeles office from 1994 until 2012. Subsequent to Mr. April’s retirement as a Partner in 2013, he was Of Counsel to Skadden until April 2016. During his time at Skadden, Mr. April had an extensive real estate and finance practice, regularly advising both U.S. and international clients in transactions involving a wide variety of real estate asset classes. He has considerable experience with the public and private offering of various types of real estate securities, including REIT and securitized debt offerings. Mr. April serves as a consultant to various real estate related companies, from time to time. In addition, Mr. April is a longtime board member and former Chairman of Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest pro bono law firm serving the indigent, where he was interim President and Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Mr. April is also a board member of Town Hall Los Angeles, where he served as Chairman from 2010 to 2011, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. Since July 2016, Mr. April has served as general counsel to the Karsh Family Social Service Center, Inc., an organization that provides comprehensive support services for indigent clients and other individuals in the surrounding community. Mr. April holds a B.A., phi beta kappa, from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Loreen Arbus

President/Executive Producer Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.

Loreen Arbus

President/Executive Producer Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.

Loreen Arbus is currently the President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Through these organizations and in her personal endeavors, Ms. Arbus is a tireless advocate for women and girls; a champion for one of the world’s largest minorities, people with disabilities; and is passionate about encouraging equal opportunities in television, film, communications, and the arts.

A high-profile professional and pioneer in her field, Ms. Arbus is a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences. Among her many appearances she has spoken at TEDxWomen.

The author of six non-fiction books, she has also written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy® Award. She co-wrote the first book on AIDs, Everything You Need to Know About AIDs with Dr. Mathilde Krim.

Jon Basalone


President of Stores
Trader Joe’s

Jon Basalone


President of Stores
Trader Joe’s

As Trader Joe’s President of Stores, Jon works with all 53,000 Crew Members as they deliver Trader Joe’s unique customer experience in 522 stores across 42 states plus the District of Columbia.

Over his 31 years with Trader Joe’s, Jon has worked in several areas within the company including Stores, Buying/Merchandising, and Marketing.  Starting as a Crew Member while in graduate school in Santa Barbara, Jon eventually became a store Captain, then Regional Vice-President in Southern California, before taking on executive responsibilities in the Trader Joe’s office.  If his voice sounds familiar, it’s because while Vice-President of Merchandising, he was coerced into doing Trader Joe’s radio ads.  The criteria…they needed someone that didn’t sound like he belonged on the radio.  During the better part of two decades, Jon recorded over 300 radio ads for Trader Joe’s, and is now a regular guest on the Inside Trader Joe’s podcast.

Jon has never won any awards, but he was once on Wheel of Fortune.

In addition to his work with Trader Joe’s, Jon spent eight years on the Board of Directors for Inner City Arts, a non-profit organization based in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row that helps children develop essential life skills through arts education.  He has now transitioned to the Inner City Arts Founder’s Board.

Jon is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Jon currently resides in Brea, California with his lovely wife, Barbara.  They are most proud of their four children:  daughter, Hannah, a graduate of Seton Hall University who earned an MA in English Literature from Boston College, is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and is now a public defender in the state of Virginia; son, Jack, a graduate of San Diego State University, with an MA in Sports Management from Long Beach State University now working for the Tiger Woods Foundation; daughter, Sophie, a graduate of Swarthmore College who recently earned an MA in Archival Studies from Drexel University; and son, Rex, a filmmaker with a degree in Digital Media and Film from Xavier University in Ohio.

Fred G. Bennett, Esq.


International & Domestic Arbitrator
JAMS

Fred G. Bennett, Esq.


International & Domestic Arbitrator
JAMS

Fred Bennett has broad experience in many types of business litigation, with particular emphasis on international and commercial arbitration, complex technical disputes, satellite and aerospace disputes, intellectual property claims involving technical matters, complex construction disputes and legal malpractice defense. He has either tried or arbitrated as lead counsel over 25 major disputes to verdict or award. Mr. Bennett has over 30 years experience as an advocate and arbitrator in international and domestic arbitration. In August of 2019, Mr. Bennett joined JAMS. For the prior 14 years, he served as Global Chair of the Quinn Emanuel’s arbitration practice, and served as the Global Vice Chair of the International Practice and U.S. Chair of that firm’s arbitration practice. Mr. Bennett was the head of the worldwide ADR practice group at his former firm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

Gene Block

Chancellor University of California, Los Angeles

Gene Block

Chancellor University of California, Los Angeles

Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA in August 2007. As chief executive officer, he oversees the university’s three-part mission of education, research and service.
He has defined academic excellence, civic engagement, diversity and financial security as top priorities for his administration. A champion of public universities, his dedication to access and affordability has enhanced UCLA’s position as a national leader in enrolling undergraduates who are Pell Grant recipients, come from underrepresented groups and go on to become first-generation college graduates. Under Chancellor Block’s leadership, UCLA has been named the number one public university in the United States, has grown its profile internationally and receives $1 billion annually in research grants. In one of the largest capital campaigns ever undertaken by a public university, UCLA surpassed its $4.2 billion Centennial fundraising goal more than a year ahead of schedule, raising $5.49 billion total. An expert in neuroscience, Chancellor Block’s current research focuses on the effects of aging in the nervous system and how it impacts biological timing in mammals, including humans. He holds faculty appointments in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and in integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science.

David Bohnett

Chairman David Bohnett Foundation

David Bohnett

Chairman David Bohnett Foundation

David Bohnett is a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur committed to effecting positive change through community building and social activism. In addition to serving as Chair of the David Bohnett Foundation, he is the Chairman of the Executive Committee on the Board of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and Trustee of the Brookings Institution, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the University of Southern California (USC). Since 1999, the David Bohnett Foundation has provided funding, state-of-the-art technology and technical support to hundreds of innovative organizations and institutions in several primary funding areas: The Fund for Los Angeles, supporting a broad spectrum of arts, educational and civic programs including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LACMA and CicLAvia; LGBTQ-related causes; graduate school leadership programs at the University of Michigan, UCLA, NYU and Harvard; voting rights and registration initiatives; supporting research and public policies to reduce the toll of firearm violence; and animal research and rights.

Mark Bottom

Partner, Audit Services Grant Thornton LLP

Mark Bottom

Partner, Audit Services Grant Thornton LLP

Mark Bottom is an Audit Services partner in our Los Angeles office. Through his two decade career in public accounting, he has experience in serving dynamic entities focused on the development and advancement of technology.He served a multiple-year assignment as the U.S. resident technical director for the China member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd. Based in Grant Thornton China’s national office in Beijing, Bottom was an integral component of the quality control review process and was an on-the-ground resource for the application of U.S. GAAP, international auditing standards and PCAOB auditing standards. Prior to his assignment in China, Bottom spent 13 years in the firm’s San Francisco Bay Area offices, with a primary focus on providing audit services to companies within the high-tech industry. He has developed a sound knowledge of audit and accounting matters related to entities focused on advancements in technology and development of software, as well as an enthusiasm for collaborating on multinational engagements. He has been a moderator and speaker at seminars that discussed the application of U.S. GAAP under the FASB and IASB’s converged standard on revenue recognition for software companies.

Carol Bradford

Senior Counsel and Charitable Advisor California Community Foundation

Carol Bradford

Senior Counsel and Charitable Advisor California Community Foundation

Carol Bradford serves in multiple capacities at CCF. She is senior counsel on charitable gifting and grantmaking issues, develops and advances relationships with professional advisors and other wealth managers and facilitates the acceptance of complex charitable gifts by the Foundation. Before her move to the nonprofit sector in 2001, Bradford practiced law in Los Angeles with an emphasis in banking, employment and qualified benefit plan litigation. Bradford is active in the legal profession as a member of the Business Law Section of the State Bar, where she serves as the Chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Standing Committee. She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, where she has recently joined the Executive Committee of the Corporate Law Department section and is the past chair of the Tax Exempt Organizations section. Bradford is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council. She is a frequent speaker on legal and tax issues surrounding complex charitable gifting and grantmaking as well as on the business of community foundations. In October 2013, the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Carol with the award for Outstanding Corporate Counsel, Nonprofit Organizations. In 2014, Broads Circle recognized her as a “Top Woman of Influence in Los Angeles” as a general counsel.

Rosa Bravo

Senior Technology Executive

Rosa Bravo

Senior Technology Executive

With more than 20 years’ experience delivering innovative and transformative solutions for the Government, Education, Health & Life Sciences, Consumer Goods, and Utilities sectors, Rosa Bravo is a senior technology professional with particular expertise in business strategy and market development. After applying emerging technologies to complex business challenges at Accenture, today she provides strategic guidance to clients in the technology and social impact sector.

A once-aspiring astronaut, Rosa brings curiosity, energy, and passion to advancing STEM and education for the underserved. She is a thoughtful Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leader and lends her support and experience to the Hispanic-American student and technical professional communities. As an advisor to the USC Latino Alumni Association and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Rosa helps inform the strategic direction of these organizations with operations and external relations counsel.

With an M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, both from the University of Southern California; Rosa was honored by Great Minds in STEM with a 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her vision, leadership, and contributions to the community.

Mel Carlisle

Managing Director Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Mel Carlisle

Managing Director Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Mr. Carlisle has served as Chief Financial Officer of Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation (“OCSL”) and Oaktree Strategic Income Corporation (“OCSI”) since October 2017 and Treasurer of OCSL and OCSI since November 2017. Mr. Carlisle has been a Managing Director and Head of the Distressed Debt fund accounting team within the Closed-end Funds accounting group at Oaktree since 2006. Mr. Carlisle joined Oaktree in 1995. Prior thereto, Mr. Carlisle was a manager in the Client and Fund Reporting Department of The TCW Group, Inc. Previously, he was employed in the Financial Services Group in Price Waterhouse’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Carlisle received a B.A. degree in economics and accounting from Claremont McKenna College. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet

24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration Chairman & CEO, Rockway Equity Partners

Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet

24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration Chairman & CEO, Rockway Equity Partners

The Hon. Maria Contreras-Sweet (Host) served as an Obama cabinet member, California state cabinet official and investor/entrepreneur. Her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations have earned her international acclaim. Honorable Contreras-Sweet, was sworn in as a member of President Obama’s cabinet as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She was charged with supporting America’s 28 million small businesses, which create a majority of US jobs and employ half of our nation’s private-sector workforce. As an entrepreneur, Contreras-Sweet is one of a few in the US to start a publicly-traded bank. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, the bank focused on the small and mid-size market. She served as its founding and executive chairwoman, successfully steering it through the great recession. Prior, she served as the California cabinet Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Christopher Day

Senior Director of Commercial Banking Union Bank

Christopher Day

Senior Director of Commercial Banking Union Bank

Chris has 20 years of experience working in Investment Banking and Middle Market finance.  Chris joined MUFG Union Bank in June 2018 and now he heads up Union Bank’s Middle Market Healthcare focus for the Los Angeles Region.  Prior to joining Union Bank, Chris spent 11 years at Credit Suisse issuing syndicated loans to private equity clients. Chris holds an MBA from University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University. 

Alisa Do

Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Edison International and Southern California Edison

Alisa Do

Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Edison International and Southern California Edison

Alisa Do is vice president and corporate secretary of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and she serves in the same role at its parent company Edison International. Her responsibilities include corporate governance and oversight of the Edison International President and CEO’s office.

Previously, Do was director of the Edison International President and CEO’s Office and supported matters coming before the Edison International Managing Committee as well as activities at Edison International and its subsidiaries.

Do joined Edison International in 2013 as a principal advisor for Federal Government Affairs in the company’s Washington, DC office. During this time she was responsible for representing the company’s interests to Congress, the Administration, stakeholder groups and trade associations on federal issues including nuclear energy and spent fuel, transmission and distribution policy, public lands, and renewable energy.

Prior to joining Edison International, Do spent 12 years on Capitol Hill, including as legislative director for a California Member of Congress, and executive director of the California Congressional Delegation where she led bipartisan statewide policy efforts related to water, transportation and federal funding for California.

Do serves as a board advisor for Proterra, a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles. She is also on the board of the Downtown Women’s Center, an organization dedicated to addressing the needs of women experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

She earned a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Scripps College in Claremont, California.

Jim Gash

President Pepperdine University

Jim Gash

President Pepperdine University

Jim Gash (JD ’93) began his term as the eighth president and chief executive officer of Pepperdine University on August 1, 2019. The first alumnus to lead Pepperdine as president, Gash has served the University in a professional capacity since 1999. Prior to assuming the presidency, he was the associate dean for strategic planning and external relations at the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, where he provided operational oversight for many signature development initiatives. As a 20-year Caruso Law professor, his primary areas of focus included evidence, torts, and international human rights. Recognized globally for his transformative work in international justice reform, Gash has devoted himself to advancing the rule of law in developing countries and, since 2010, has visited Uganda nearly 30 times with Pepperdine students and alumni to support the country’s judiciary, having served as a specialist advisor to the High Court of Uganda since 2012. In 2016 he published his first book, Divine Collision: An African Boy, An American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom, which chronicles how his life and the Ugandan criminal justice system were dramatically changed as a result of meeting a Ugandan teenage prisoner during Gash’s first visit to Uganda. The following year, Revolution Pictures released the award-winning documentary REMAND about the work of the Sudreau Global Justice Program at Pepperdine Law, which Gash led as its director from 2012 to 2019. Upon graduating from Caruso Law in 1993, Gash worked for the litigation firm DeSimone & Tropio and clerked for the Honorable Edith H. Jones, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. He also practiced law for four years at Kirkland & Ellis both in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, California, until he joined Pepperdine as an associate professor of law in 1999. As a member of the State Bar of California, Gash is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US District Court for the Central District of California. He is also a member of the Christian Legal Society.

Hans Getty

Corporate & Commercial Banking Regional Manager (Senior Vice President) U.S. Bank

Hans Getty

Corporate & Commercial Banking Regional Manager (Senior Vice President) U.S. Bank

Thomas C. Malayil


Managing Director
Indo-Pacific Partners LLC

Thomas C. Malayil


Managing Director
Indo-Pacific Partners LLC

Thomas C. Malayil is a commercial real estate professional, executive and entrepreneur. He started his career with a private shopping center developer in the US Midwest, Dial Companies. Malayil subsequently entered law school and obtained real-estate related experience at several large law firms. He returned to the commercial side and spent over a decade with one of America’s largest shopping mall companies, NYSE-listed REIT Macerich. Malayil served in various roles at Macerich concluding as a Vice President of Real Estate. Before joining Lippo Karawaci as CEO of Lippo Malls Indonesia, he founded a private consultancy focused on the commercial and retail real estate industry. Malayil is the Managing Director of TCM Property Advisory where he advises individuals, families and companies on business matters. He has also been a Senior Advisor to The Jerde Partnership, SM Legal Group (including predecessors) and Elavare Global Advisors.

Malayil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU, a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law and MBA degrees from the National University of Singapore and UCLA Anderson. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (and served on its Asia Pacific Advisory Board & earned its Certified Retail Real Estate Executive credential), Urban Land Institute (and is a full member in the Asia Pacific region), Asia Society (and serves on its Southern California Advisory Board), LA World Affairs Council & Town Hall (and serves on its Board of Directors), Pacific Council on International Policy, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Facilities Advisory Committee, UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group (and serves on its Board) and American & Washington State Bar Associations.

Kevin Goetz

Founder and CEO Screen Engine

Kevin Goetz

Founder and CEO Screen Engine

Kevin Goetz, a well-known personality within the entertainment industry, is currently a leading expert in the field of motion picture marketing and research. He is often the “go to” person when filmmakers and studios need insights into how to fix or market their pictures.

With decades of experience, Mr. Goetz has worked alongside all of the major film studio chiefs, network and streaming platform executives and production company decision-makers. The Los Angeles Times Magazine counted him as one of the 100 most powerful and influential people in Southern California, and in a cover article in its Calendar section, The Los Angeles Times dubbed Mr. Goetz, “The Doctor of Audienceology.”

Since the late 90’s, Mr. Goetz has also expanded his activities to include production of twelve television movies, often employing his four “abilities” metrics to guide decisions regarding script, casting, and budgeting. He is most proud of his award-winning Wild Iris, a co-production between Paramount and Showtime, starring Laura Linney, Gena Rowlands, and Emile Hirsch and directed by the late Daniel Petrie Sr. Wild Iris was honored with three Emmy nominations and took home one.

Kevin’s roots in the entertainment industry go back to his teenage years when he began working as an actor, on stages in and around New York. He has appeared on television, in feature films, and in over 25 commercials, including national and international campaigns for McDonald’s, Wrangler Jeans, Toyota and Domino’s Pizza. He has also done extensive voice-over work, providing his vocal talents for over 50 television series and movies.

Today, Mr. Goetz is the founder and CEO of Screen Engine/ASI, one of the few firms in the world that conducts specialized research on Hollywood’s movies and television content. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and several other distinguished organizations: Producers Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, SAG/AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, the Qualitative Research Consultants Association and the American Marketing Association. He currently sits on five boards as part of his philanthropic endeavors. Mr. Goetz resides in Beverly Hills with his husband, Neil and their labradoodle, Kasha.

Dr. Jon P. Goodman

Former President Town Hall Los Angeles

Dr. Jon P. Goodman

Former President Town Hall Los Angeles

Jon Goodman is currently Vice Chair and Secretary of Green Dot Public Schools California, a member of the Board of Delta Properties, LLC,  past President of TOWN HALL Los Angeles and current Board member of that organization, and has occupied several national leadership positions in entrepreneurship and economic development. She built and led the nation’s first new media incubator and venture fund, EC2 – The Annenberg Incubator Project at USC, and was previously Chair of USC’S Entrepreneur Program. She is the author of numerous articles, books and columns and has been the recipient of awards from over a dozen national and international organizations.

Goodman has a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Kevin Hanley

Senior Vice President- CIMA Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Kevin Hanley

Senior Vice President- CIMA Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Kevin P. Hanley, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 1983 after graduating from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). Kevin has earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation awarded by the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute), taught in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business.

Kevin has completed Executive Programs at Harvard University, the Wharton School of Business, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business & the Yale School of Management.  Since 2007, he holds the Chartered Market Technican® (CMT®)designation. Kevin recently completed the Merrill Longevity Training Program offered by the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology.

Kevin is a specially qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building & managing his own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies when servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program.  As a Portfolio Manager he may manage his strategies on a discretionary basis.

Kevin’s team provides informed, customized investment advice & financial services to high net-worth investors. Based on a highly personalized investment platform, the team implements appropriate strategies to help meet their client’s most cherished goals. Tailored to client wishes, the team prescribes periodic reviews as needed. Lending and credit services through Bank of America, N.A., retirement, insurance & legacy plan services as well as asset management are all integrated and optimized for each client.

Kevin’s team includes other seasoned professionals. Jerry Au, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, CRPC®, joined the team in 2002. He is a Math/Economics graduate from UCLA and holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Jerry focuses on investment implementation and asset management using a wide range of strategies to help clients meet their investment objectives.

Leading Operations and Administrative Services is Kristie Rivera-Loya, Registered Senior Client Associate, with over 35 years at Merrill including important roles in management.

Claudia Iribe, Registered Senior Wealth Management Client Associate, has over 11 years of experience in the financial services industry including at Wells Fargo and JP Morgan. Claudia leads the Client Services responsibilities for the team.

A native of California, Kevin lives in Calabasas and serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Kevin also supports The Painted Turtle, a Paul Newman inspired program for seriously ill children, the Los Angeles Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). He loves to coach his kids’ sports and, given the rare opportunity, enjoys ocean sports.

Darryl Holter

CEO The Shammas Group

Darryl Holter

CEO The Shammas Group

Darryl Holter grew up playing the guitar and singing country and rock and roll songs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a child, his early influences were Elvis and Johnny Cash, then Bob Dylan, then the folk-rock and country-rock. His current brand of Americana Music draws from country, blues and folk traditions and often tells stories about people, places and events. In 2008 he formed 213 Music and launched his first self-titled album of original songs. Two years later he released “West Bank Gone,” an album that highlighted the West Bank (of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis) music scene in the 1970s. Besides his music, Holter has worked as an academic, a labor leader, an urban revitalization planner, and an entrepreneur. Darryl Holter is also a historian who has written on Woody Guthrie and a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Jeanne Huybrechts

Former Head of School Harvard-Westlake

Jeanne Huybrechts

Former Head of School Harvard-Westlake

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President Majestic Realty Co.

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President Majestic Realty Co.

Fran Inman, Senior Vice President, has worked as part of the Majestic Realty team for more than two decades. In addition to overseeing the government relations work for the company, Fran also serves as the founding President of the Majestic Realty Foundation. Recognized as a national leader in the transportation sector for her work on the global supply chain, she serves as a member of the California Transportation Commission. Inman also serves on the highly acclaimed National Freight Advisory Committee that reports directly to the US Secretary of Transportation and on the California Freight Efficiency Task Force. In addition to her numerous awards and honors for her work in these areas, Fran was recently awarded Visionary Business Leader of the Year at the region’s Mobility 21 summit. A civic and philanthropic leader, she serves and has served on a diverse range of business, economic development and transportation boards and organizations throughout the region. Fran holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA in Finance from Cal State Fullerton.

Ray Irani

Chairman and CEO Ray Investments, LLC

Ray Irani

Chairman and CEO Ray Investments, LLC

Sarah Ketterer


CEO, Causeway Capital

Sarah Ketterer


CEO, Causeway Capital

Ms. Ketterer is the chief executive officer at Causeway, fundamental portfolio manager, and is responsible for investment research across all sectors. Ms. Ketterer co-founded the firm in June 2001 and is a member of the operating committee. From 1996 to 2001, Ms. Ketterer worked for the Hotchkis & Wiley division of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (HW-MLIM). At HW-MLIM, she was a managing director and co-head of the firm’s HW-MLIM International and Global Value team. From 1990 to 1996, Ms. Ketterer was a portfolio manager at Hotchkis & Wiley, where she founded the International Equity product.

Katherine Ku

Corporate Partner Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Katherine Ku

Corporate Partner Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Katherine H. Ku is a corporate and securities partner in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She represents both public and private companies and private equity funds in a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings, and joint ventures. Kathy also advises clients on corporate governance and securities compliance matters. In addition, she has experience representing special committees of boards of directors in connection with buy-out matters. Prior to joining the firm, Kathy was a corporate partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Following her graduation from law school, Kathy served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2003-2004) and for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court (2004-2005).

Jaime Lee

Commercial Real Estate Executive and CEO Jamison Realty, Inc.

Jaime Lee

Commercial Real Estate Executive and CEO Jamison Realty, Inc.

Jaime Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jamison group of companies which controls over 13 million square feet of commercial properties and 2,000 multifamily units throughout Southern California. The privately-held, family-run business has been one of the largest landlords in the City of Los Angeles for the past twenty-five years.Earning both BA and JD degrees from the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles native currently sits on the USC Board of Trustees, the Board of Councilors for the USC Dornsife College, and lectures regularly at USC. Jaime previously served as the President of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and the President of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Elizabeth H. Lowe

Child Advocate

Elizabeth H. Lowe

Child Advocate

Joe Lumarda

Senior Vice President/Investment Counselor Capital Group Private Client Services

Joe Lumarda

Senior Vice President/Investment Counselor Capital Group Private Client Services

Joe Lumarda is a Senior Vice President and Investment Counselor for Capital Group Private Client Services. He works directly with high net worth individuals and families to create customized plans for protecting and growing their wealth, often across multiple generations. Joe also helps nonprofit foundations and endowments to pursue their long term financial objectives through effective planning and investment management. Prior to joining our organization in 2006, Joe spent 16 years at the California Community Foundation as a vice president for development, executive vice president and chief operating officer. He also served as an independent director for Capital Research and Management Company’s Endowment funds, a series of investment portfolios designed exclusively for nonprofit organizations. Joe also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy active duty and reserves for eight years.

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Gregory Martinez-Miller

Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager Wells Fargo Bank

Gregory Martinez-Miller

Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager Wells Fargo Bank

William McMorrow

Chairman and CEO Kennedy Wilson

William McMorrow

Chairman and CEO Kennedy Wilson

William McMorrow is chairman and CEO of Kennedy Wilson, which he acquired in 1988 and has subsequently grown into a leading global real estate investment platform. Kennedy Wilson began with just one office and 11 employees, and today, the company has offices in 15 different markets throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Jersey and Japan with $16 billion of assets under management across the property spectrum. Mr. McMorrow has led the creation of three public companies: Kennedy-Wilson Holdings on the New York Stock Exchange, Kennedy Wilson Japan on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc on the London Stock Exchange, whose $1.7 billion IPO represented the largest real estate vehicle listing since the economic downturn and the second largest real estate IPO in the 200-year history of the London Stock Exchange.

Robert Moore

Retired Senior Partner Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Robert Moore

Retired Senior Partner Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Mr. Moore currently serves as a member of the Board’s Program Committee. During his 36-year career, Mr. Moore founded and served as Managing Partner of a Los Angeles based law firm and spent two decades as a senior partner in the Global Financial Restructuring Group of international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP. Mr. Moore specialized in corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy and handled numerous complex restructurings of national and international importance in industries such as financial services, oil and gas, telecom, manufacturing, health care, mining, retail, gaming, entertainment, and public utilities and municipalities. Among such engagements, each involving billions of dollars in debt, Mr. Moore served as lead counsel to the Creditors Committee in the Chapter 11 restructuring of PG&E, the largest public utility case ever filed, lead counsel to the Creditors Committee in Orange County’s bankruptcy, the then largest Chapter 9 municipal debt adjustment case ever filed, lead counsel to real estate and oil and gas conglomerate Debtor Apex Oil Company in the then largest filing ever for a privately held company, lead counsel to Mexican equity owner Grupo Mexico in successfully retaining ownership of Chapter 11 Debtor ASARCO involving multi-billion dollar settlements of asbestos and environmental claims, the latter being the largest such claims ever resolved in bankruptcy, lead counsel for a Bond Committee and the ensuing multi-billion dollar Litigation Trust for National Century Financial Enterprises, the nation’s largest health care receivables financing enterprise, as well as Bond Counsel to the first ever successful non-Federal law restructuring of Native American gaming operations, insolvency advisor to Long Term Capital Management, the world’s then largest hedge fund operation, and as a member of Milbank’s partner team representing the Creditors Committee for Lehman Brothers in the largest Chapter 11 ever filed. Mr. Moore was elected a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in1999, named by The American Lawyer a national “Dealmaker of the Year” in 2010 and 2012, served on the Ninth Circuit Merit Screening Panel for the appointment of Bankruptcy Judges, Chaired the Los Angeles Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, and served as a Director of the Southern California Chapter of Turnaround Management Association and a member of the Lawyers’ Advisory Council to the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Mr. Moore was a designee since its inception of the K&A Restructuring Register’s “America’s Top 100” and was named to the very first LA Business Journal “Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers.” Mr. Moore was a Morehead Foundation Scholar at the University of North Carolina, majoring with Honors in International Urban and Regional Studies with a minor in Developmental Economics, and received his JD degree from the UCLA School of Law where he founded and served as President of the Society of International and Comparative Law and was a member of UCLA’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

Peter Mullin

Chairman of the Board Mullin Enterprises

Peter Mullin

Chairman of the Board Mullin Enterprises

Peter W. Mullin is Founding Chairman of Mullin Barens Sanford Financial. Peter has consulted on executive compensation and benefit issues for more than 40 years for public and privately held firms across a variety of industries, including many Fortune 500 companies. He has authored numerous articles on executive compensation and benefit planning. Peter is also a Founder and Chairman of M Financial Holdings Incorporated (M Financial Group), one of the nation’s premier financial services design and product distribution companies. Through a network of more than 140 independent firms, including Mullin Barens Sanford, and a member-owned reinsurance company, M Financial serves the financial and life insurance needs of corporations, executives, and affluent individuals. Peter is also a Chairman of M Financial Re, a national reinsurance company. Prior to the formation of Mullin Barens Sanford, Peter served as Chairman of MullinTBG, a leading non-qualified benefits firm he founded in Los Angeles in 1969. Peter serves on the Boards of Main Management, Good Samaritan Hospital, Art Center College of Design, and St. John’s Health Center, and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board at Occidental College. He is the past Chairman and a current member of the Board of Visitors of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also the current Chairman of the Music Center Foundation, Chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, President of the American Bugatti Club, and a member of the Bugatti Trust. He is a retired board member of Avery Dennison. Peter is also the Founder and Chairman of The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, California. The museum is an homage to the art deco and the machine age—eras that produced exquisite art and magnificent automobiles. The museum is home to the finest historic French automobiles, from the Bugatti to the Voisin, as well as significant and representative decorative art from the 1920s and 1930s. The New York Times describes the museum as a “collection of gemlike structures… displayed just as you might have seen them had you attended one of the Paris auto salons in the Art Deco era between the world wars.”

Steven A. Nissen

President & CEO Nissen Consulting Group

Steven A. Nissen

President & CEO Nissen Consulting Group

Steve Nissen is the President and CEO of Nissen Consulting Group.  For the previous 12 years until his retirement as a Senior Vice President of NBCUniversal in January 2020, Nissen was responsible for state and local government affairs for NBCUniversal, from intellectual property protection, First Amendment and film production to land use and government compliance.  Mr. Nissen is the immediate past Chair of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., was the 2017 Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and past Chair of the Central City Association, FilmLA and the L.A. BioMed (now known as the Lundquist Institute).  Nissen also is one of 9 Board Members of one of California’s largest charitable foundations, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. He has also served on the Executive Committees of the L.A. Police Foundation and Valley Industries and Commerce Association and is a Board Member of the Metropolitan YMCA.

 

Prior to NBCUniversal, Mr. Nissen was a partner in the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, representing a wide range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit entities. 

 

From 1999-2002, Nissen was a senior official with California Governor Gray Davis. Nissen served as the Governor’s Interim Staff Director, as Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and as Senior Special Assistant for Innovation in Government. Among other tasks, he served as the Governor’s liaison to the Blue Ribbon Panel on Hate Groups, chaired by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former California Governor George Deukmejian.

 

Before joining Governor Davis’ staff, Nissen was Executive Director of the State Bar of California, then the largest private regulatory body in the nation.  He took charge in the midst of a political crisis triggered by a veto of the legislation to fund the Bar.   He worked closely with then Governor Pete Wilson’s office, the California Legislature and the state Supreme Court to restore funding to the State Bar while at the same time streamlining the organization’s multiple functions.

 

Prior to that, Nissen was President of Public Counsel Law Center, which he built into the country’s largest pro bono law firm. Under his leadership, Public Counsel grew to a staff of some 50 dedicated individuals and a cadre of 10,000 volunteer attorneys providing over $200 million worth of legal services to children, the elderly, low-income families, and nonprofit organizations.  During his tenure at Public Counsel, he was also an adjunct professor at USC School of Law.   He has maintained his commitment to legal services to the indigent by serving as Co-Chair of the California State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and Standing Committee member of the American Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service Committee.  He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the community in the civic, government, nonprofit, corporate and legal sectors.

Timothy Noonan

Chairperson Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC

Timothy Noonan

Chairperson Lockton Insurance Brokers, LLC

Joan Payden


President and CEO
Payden & Rygel

Joan Payden


President and CEO
Payden & Rygel

Dr. Jane G. Pisano

President Emerita Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Dr. Jane G. Pisano

President Emerita Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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Elliot Ponchick

President The William C. Bannerman Foundation

Elliot Ponchick

President The William C. Bannerman Foundation

Scott Porter

Partner, Advisory Services Ernst & Young LLP

Scott Porter

Partner, Advisory Services Ernst & Young LLP

Scott has over 20 years of experience providing assurance, operations and technology consulting services to a broad range of global public and privately held companies. Prior to joining EY in 2003, Scott spent eight years with a global business consulting firm. Scott serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and currently serves as co-chair for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s Digital Medial & Entertainment Council. He has also been involved in numerous consulting boards at the University of Southern California including the past chairman of the USC Marshall Partners (SF/SG Valleys), past president of the USC Accounting Circle Board and past member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. Scott received a BS in Accounting from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a certified public accountant (California) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts.

Michael P. Reilly

Chief Investment Officer, Equities Director of U.S. Equity Research TCW

Michael P. Reilly

Chief Investment Officer, Equities Director of U.S. Equity Research TCW

Mr. Reilly is the Chief Investment Officer of the Equities Group and Director of U.S. Equity Research. He joined TCW in 1992 as an Equity Analyst after working four years in corporate finance at Security Pacific Bank. In 1995, he assumed co-portfolio management responsibility for TCW’s Latin America, Emerging Markets and International Equities investment strategies. Subsequently, from 2002-2005, he was co-Portfolio Manager of the Société Générale Asset Management (SGAM) global equities team prior to assuming leadership of the U.S. Equity Research department in 2006. Mr. Reilly graduated valedictorian of the University of Southern California with a BS in Finance and a BA in Spanish and also received his MBA from the University of Southern California. He was recipient of the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship for a year of postgraduate studies at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. He is a CFA charterholder.

Michael Rich

President & CEO
RAND Corperation

Michael Rich

President & CEO
RAND Corperation

Michael D. Rich is president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. For more than 40 years, Rich has helped RAND become a leading source of expertise, analysis, and evidence-based ideas in an increasingly complex and polarized policymaking environment.

As president and CEO, Rich’s focus is on extending the impact of RAND’s work. He challenges the organization to broaden its legacy of innovation and help decisionmakers stay ahead of the curve on the issues that matter most. Rich is the coauthor of Truth Decay, the first study in an ongoing series of research that examines how the diminishing role of facts and analysis in American public life has caused an erosion of civil discourse and political paralysis, among other problems.

In 2020, Rich spearheaded Tomorrow Demands Today, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in RAND’s history. Philanthropic support enables RAND researchers and students at the Pardee RAND Graduate School to bring bold thinking, analytical rigor, and cross-cutting perspectives to the most critical issues of our time.

Rich became president and CEO of RAND in 2011. He began his RAND career as a summer intern in 1975, joining the organization full-time the following year as a researcher focused on U.S. national security issues. He has served in a variety of senior leadership positions at RAND and was instrumental in the creation of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center that provides research and analysis to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the Intelligence Community. He also helped lead RAND’s diversification and expansion into international markets—including Europe and Australia. Throughout his career, Rich has been an enthusiastic supporter of Pardee RAND, the world’s largest public policy Ph.D. program, where he has taught and advised graduate students and has chaired numerous committees. Rich serves on the governing boards and advisory committees of many policy and service organizations, including the Council for Aid to Education, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, WISE & Healthy Aging, the Everychild Foundation, Santa Monica–UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, and the UCLA Foundation. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the California Bar, and he served on the U.S. Defense Science Board from 2012 to 2021. Rich received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Thomas Rosenbaum

President
CalTech

Thomas Rosenbaum

President
CalTech

Thomas F. Rosenbaum is the ninth president of the California Institute of Technology and Professor of Physics. He is an expert on the quantum mechanical nature of materials, conducting research at Bell Laboratories, IBM Watson Research Center, and the University of Chicago, where he served as Vice President for Research and for Argonne National Laboratory and then provost, before moving to Caltech in 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics with honors from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. He serves on the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, on the Society for Science & the Public’s Board of Trustees, as General Member of the Aspen Center for Physics, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Los Angeles Program Committee.

Priscilla Sands

Head of School
Marlborough

Priscilla Sands

Head of School
Marlborough

Dr. Priscilla Sands, a native of the Philadelphia area, began her independent school career teaching drama and English at her alma mater, the Agnes Irwin School in Philadelphia. There she rose through the ranks to oversee the community service program, serve as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and become the Assistant Head of School. In 1996 she became the head of Springside School, an all-girls school in Philadelphia. In 2011, when Springside merged with the all-boys school Chestnut Hill Academy, she was appointed President of the combined institution, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (SCH).

Dr. Sands, a lifelong educator who earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and whose research-driven voice has guided many conversations in girls’ schools across the country, was inspired by educational and business thought leaders such as Dr. Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School. Dr. Sands established the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy to complement the school’s rigorous core curriculum and provide students with experiences that develop the skills and mindset critical for 21st century success. Her passion continues to be thinking of education differently and challenging teachers to be entrepreneurs within their classrooms. Upon her departure, the board of trustees of SCH Academy honored Dr. Sands by renaming the nationally acclaimed CEL to The Dr. Priscilla G. Sands Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and supporting the Center with a $1M gift to the school’s endowment.

Dr. Sands’ professional associations include board positions with Boys’ Latin of Philadelphia Charter School, the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, The Haverford School, regional Vice President of The Heads Network (formerly NAPSG), and the Headmistresses Association of the East, where she also served as president. In addition, she is an elected member of the Headmasters Association, served on the Board of Directors of the Secondary Schools Admissions Testing Board, is on the Alumni Council of the University of Pennsylvania Mid-Career Program, and also serves on the Boards for Curtis School and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall.

Josh Schimmels

CEO & Publisher
Los Angeles Business Journal

Josh Schimmels

CEO & Publisher
Los Angeles Business Journal

Josh Schimmels is the Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ).  Having previously served as an executive with the LABJ, he returned to the company in April of 2020.

Schimmels was Associate Publisher and Vice President at the Business Journal from 2010 to 2015. He began his career in 1999 with a five-year turn at the Business Journal’s sister publication, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Prior to returning to Los Angeles last year, he was with Phoenix-based AZ Big Media, where he served as publisher, contributing six years at the company in two different roles.  Schimmels also spent nearly four years as business group publisher at D Magazine Partners in Dallas. There he oversaw a portfolio of publications that included D CEO magazine, D CEO Real Estate Annual, Dallas 500, D CEO Healthcare, along with its custom publishing division.

Josh holds an MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He has an undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

He’s passionate about his work in the community. As a Stage IV blood cancer survivor, he works as a patient advocate to help cancer patients and families through volunteering with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  He has served on numerous community boards and committees including AABP, LLS, and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Town Hall.

Dan Schnur

Politics Professor
USC, UC-Berkeley, Pepperdine

Dan Schnur

Politics Professor
USC, UC-Berkeley, Pepperdine

Dan is a Professor at the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, where he teaches courses in politics, communications and leadership. Earlier in his career, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California’s leading political strategists. He is now registered as a No Party Preference voter, but previously served as the national Director of Communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain and was the chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. He is the founder of the USC/LA Times statewide political poll.

Bryan Shaffer

Principal/Managing Director George Smith Partner

Bryan Shaffer

Principal/Managing Director George Smith Partner

Mr. Shaffer is Principal/Managing Director of George Smith Partners where he focuses on delivering solutions to address his clients’ real estate capital requirements. Mr. Shaffer works hard to arrange structured financings for multifamily and commercial properties, including acquisition, refinance, construction, bridge and permanent loans. Mr. Shaffer has successfully structured both debt and equity placements for private entrepreneurs and institutional clients. He has been able to utilize his prior vast and diverse experiences in owning, operating, developing commercial real estate to help him succeed in capital raising for multi-family, affordable, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, data centers, healthcare/medical and senior facilities sectors to provide the best options and structure for his clients.
In his career, Mr. Shaffer has been deeply involved in over $8.5 billion in real estate transactions, including the structuring or arranging over $3 billion of debt and equity placements and the repositioning and sale of $2 billion of properties for a Japanese institutional investor, Mitsui Real Estate Sales/Mitsui Fudosan. His focus is understanding the needs of clients large and small, so with his team, they can provide the best solution in the market. Mr. Shaffer closed transactions with every type of capital provider including Banks, Insurance Companies, Family Offices, Private Equity Firms, Bond Funds, CTL Lenders, Funds, Community Development Lenders, and Institutional Investors. He serves on the direct investment committee for Clearinghouse, CDFI and has advised two family offices. Prior to serving as a Principal and Managing Director at George Smith Partners, Mr. Shaffer ran his own global investment advisory company, led dispositions for the world’s largest real estate owner, created a global trade association and operated projects for several development firms. He has served as a contractor for the United States Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC), as an Expert Witness and California Superior Court Receiver.

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.

President Loyola Marymount University

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.

President Loyola Marymount University

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., was named the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University in March 2015 and assumed his responsibilities on June 1, 2015. Snyder has been a professor and administrator for nearly 30 years at Jesuit institutions, most recently as vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland from 2007-14. He was also dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University from 2001-07 and dean of science at Georgetown University from 1995-99. Snyder earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a B.S. in mathematics, and an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Toledo. He has published and presented widely on his research interests, including computational mathematics, data structures, design and analysis of algorithms, geometric probability, digital processing and computer music. Recently, he has been working on risk assessment, with applications in commercial air travel, HIV and other areas. He has spoken nationwide about the Millennial Generation and ways to educate them. He has practiced “technogogy” for more than 20 years and created LCAST, a series of podcasts aimed at helping students. The podcasts also feature original music he has written, arranged, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered; his music can also be found on iTunes.

Candy Spelling

President Candyland, Inc

Candy Spelling

President Candyland, Inc

Candy Spelling is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, television producer, best-selling author, and philanthropist.

Candy began her producing career in 2010 with the Tony Award-winning musical, “Promises, Promises” and will soon be opening her 14th Broadway production, “MJ The Musical” later this year.

Her television producing credits include the highly successful HGTV docuseries “Selling Spelling Manor” and the follow up “Beyond Spelling Manor”.  Viewers tuned in to see Candy moving out of the legendary 56,000 square foot Hollywood mansion she built and shared with her husband and family for more than 20 years and later the construction of her new home in Los Angeles and her search for an apartment in New York City.

Candy has written two autobiographical books chronicling her experiences as the wife of a Hollywood mogul, a mother and more recently her new life as a single woman, creating a successful new career as a Broadway producer while enjoying her favorite role of all – as grandmother to seven beautiful grandchildren.  Stories from Candyland and Candy at Last, both topped the New York Times best-seller list.

Working in a variety of volunteer and civic roles, Candy proudly continues to expand her public service work.  She is Vice-Chair of the Board of American Humane, on which she has served since 2012 and currently serves as a member of the UCLA Health System Board.  A founding board member of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, she was instrumental in creating the first non-profit Parks Foundation in Los Angeles. She is Commissioner Emeritus for the Board of Recreation and Parks for Los Angeles, a panel overseeing public parks and recreational areas.  Candy served for ten years as a Board of Governors Member of LA’s Best, the after-school enrichment program that helps children in need through partnerships with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles, and private sector.  Having sat on the Board of Directors for LA Inc., the Los Angeles Convention, and the Visitors Bureau, she became “Ambassador for Tourism” for Los Angeles.  Candy most recently joined the board for the Los Angeles Ballet.

Andrew Tavakoli


CEO
Tavaco Capital Management

Andrew Tavakoli


CEO
Tavaco Capital Management

Beginning in 1987, Andrew Tavakoli started investing, renovating, managing, and leasing apartment buildings through syndication. Over the past 33 years, Mr. Tavakoli has invested and transacted over $1 Billion of primarily retail and apartment projects nationwide through the umbrella of Tavaco Properties, LLC. Mr. Tavakoli has extensive experience acquiring REO and non-performing loans directly from Financial institutions including banks and special servicers. Andrew Tavakoli earned an MSBA in finance from USC and a BSEE degree in computer systems from the University of Pittsburgh.

William Temko


Partner Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

William Temko


Partner Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

Bill Temko was born in Washington, D.C., in 1954. He received his B.A. degree from Williams College (with honors, magna cum laude) in 1976, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was awarded the 1976 Graves Essay Prize for the best senior thesis in Political Science. Mr. Temko received his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1979, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and articles editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Temko served as law clerk to the Honorable Frank A. Kaufman of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland during the 1979-1980 term. For the past 34 years, Mr. Temko has been engaged in a complex commercial litigation practice in the Los Angeles firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. As part of that commercial litigation practice, Mr. Temko has counseled clients, litigated, and negotiated complex multi-party agreements and settlements in the areas of business and contract litigation, securities litigation and antitrust.

James Thomson

Former President and CEO RAND

James Thomson

Former President and CEO RAND

Jim Thomson is president emeritus of the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Thomson describes his career in four phases. In the first phase, he was an experimental nuclear physicist and published numerous scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. In the second, he was a government official dealing with defense and arms control matters, serving in the U.S. Defense Department and at the White House. In the third phase, he focused on policy research covering a range of strategic issues. In the fourth phase, while continuing his research, Thomson moved into research leadership positions at RAND. He served as RAND’s fourth president from 1989 to 2011. Under his leadership, RAND grew by 60 percent, expanded its research agenda, increased its policy impact, and become an international organization with offices in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Thomson is a member of several for-profit and nonprofit boards.

Tracy Williams


CEO and President, Olmstead Williams Communications

Tracy Williams


CEO and President, Olmstead Williams Communications

Tracy Williams founded Olmstead Williams Communications in 2008 to provide focused public relations counsel to high-growth tech and healthcare companies, and the professional service firms that work with them. Her strategic insights have been responsible for new revenue, investors and partners for hundreds of organizations. She is sought after when crisis hits or a lawsuit threatens brands and reputations. Tracy trains CEOs, politicians, scientists, lawyers and professors to become savvy, in-demand media sources. She began her career at Hill & Knowlton in Washington, D.C. and worked with U.S. and European giants in aerospace and defense. After moving to LA, she built a public relations practice for tech firms such as Hewlett-Packard, Acer Inc. and Computer Sciences Corporation. She serves on the executive committees of the California Council on Economic Education and Town Hall Los Angeles. She was a member of the Workforce Investment Board of Los Angeles; the Board of Directors of the Downtown Women’s Center; the board of governors of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Board of Trustees of St. Matthew’s Parish School.

Jeff Wilson

Manager Policy, Government & Public Affairs Chevron Corporation

Jeff Wilson

Manager Policy, Government & Public Affairs Chevron Corporation