Andrea is the Director of Global Crisis Management and Business Continuity for The Walt Disney Company where she oversees an enterprise-wide department that is responsible for all-hazards emergency planning and testing for Disney and its affiliates world-wide. Prior to joining Disney, Andrea served as the External Affairs Director for FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO) where she oversaw all media, intergovernmental and congressional activities for the largest disaster recovery effort in United States history with a total recovery portfolio of over $20 billion. In her tenure with FEMA, Andrea undertook a massive outreach campaign to regain the public’s trust consisting of hosting one-on-one meetings with local and state officials and FEMA leadership as well as the media and community leaders. Her grassroots efforts have been credited with helping transform the public’s perception of FEMA, culminating with FEMA participating in over 300 groundbreaking and ri bbon cutting ceremonies and the local media coining a new acronym- TGFF: Thank God for FEMA.
Prior to FEMA, Andrea served as the Regional Training and Exercise Planner for the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management and was the Emergency Manager for the 12th District of the Federal Reserve.
Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from CSU, Chico; a Master of Science in Public Health from Pennsylvania State University’s Medical School and was a 2013 inductee to the Women’s Emergency Management Hall of Fame.
David C. Allen is Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Allen focuses his practice on commercial litigation, toxic torts, product liability matters, consumer class actions and partnership disputes.
Mr. Allen has more than 25 years of experience trying cases around the country in state and federal courts, arbitral venues and multi-district litigation. He has represented companies in cases involving commercial contracts, real estate development, occupational and environmental chemical exposure, letters of credit and unfair competition. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Allen was the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Akin Gump. He also served on the firm's management committee.
Mr. Allen earned his B.A. cum laude from Providence College in 1981, and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1984. While in law school he was a member of The George Washington Law Review. Mr. Allen is admitted to practice in the states of California, Virginia, and in the District of Columbia; the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fourth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the D.C. Circuit; and the United States District Courts for the Central District of California, District of Arizona, District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, Northern and Southern Districts of California, and the Western District of Virginia
Bruce Bunker Daly is a Principal with Deloitte & Touche’s Enterprise Risk Services group in Los Angeles and has been with the company for approximately two decades. One of Deloitte’s national leaders in its Enterprise Resiliency & Recovery practice, he has a background in technology and business risk services, including audits and working with various boards of directors and audit committees addressing technology and risk. Daly also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Health Information Sharing & Analysis Center and is a former corporate officer with SoftAware Networks (now part of Cable & Wireless). He earned his B.A. degree from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from UC Irvine. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Scott J. Olmsted is a Regional Director for the eight-state West Region in Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for advising companies in areas including raising capital, advisory and day-to-day operations with a focus on retail, technology, entertainment and media, business services and consumer products. He is also a member of the Central Los Angeles Regional Council, which supports the 16,000 bank associates working in the area and the communities they serve. Olmstead joined Bank of America in 2000 as a credit underwriter in the Commercial Division based in Los Angeles. Previously he was a Client Management Associate, a Vice President and Client Manager and a Senior Vice President. His earlier experience included work for The Walt Disney Company’s Imagineering Group. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Javier Angulo joined Walmart in 2011 as Director of Community Affairs and is responsible for public affairs and government relations in Los Angeles County. He has over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit and political sectors, with an emphasis on expanding opportunities for people in underserved communities.
Angulo began his career as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Fellow in Washington, D.C., where he served as a constituent liaison for the Senate Democratic Steering and Coordination Committee. He returned to California to serve as Director of Development for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where he managed the organization’s corporate giving and special events programs across the country. Following his time at MALDEF, Angulo joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), where he directed the organization’s national civic engagement and community participation program. Most recently, he served as a senior associate for Progressive Strategy Partners, a political and non-profit consulting firm.
A lifelong Angelino born and raised in Whittier, CA, Angulo earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been recognized for his extraordinary public service, including his leadership as an appointed City of Los Angeles commissioner. He is continually involved with groups and organizations that seek to build a better and stronger Los Angeles community.
Judy’s Red Cross story starts during World War II, when her wounded father was helped by the Red Cross. Then, in 2011, her nephew was wounded in Afghanistan while serving in the Army’s Special Forces Medical Core, and once again, her family was aided by the Red Cross.
Beck has served as the Chair of the Santa Monica Bay Red Cross for the past two years, and has been a board member there for the past 9 years. Along with another Board member, Judy started the annual Red Tie Fundraiser, an event for which she served as the Co-chair for 5 years. Currently, Judy is the Co-chair of the LA Tiffany Circle, a BMH Silver member of the Tiffany Circle, and the TC Summit 2017 Co-chair. She has served on the Tiffany Circle National Council for the past 8 years, and previously served on the board of the North Bergen County Red Cross.
Kullen Birkeland is the Southern California/ West Region Tax Practice Leader for Grant Thornton with more than 25 years of public accounting and industry tax experience. He specializes in tax structuring of mergers and acquisitions, foreign tax planning, state and local tax minimization and accounting methods. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California and Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, he is also on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Long Beach. He earned his Master’s in Taxation and Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.
Andy Carrasco oversees the company’s work with regional and local governments, business and community based organizations.
Andy, along with his dedicated Regional Public Affairs Team, engages the communities they serve, and educates stakeholders about SoCalGas’ activities, customer programs and services.
Andy, a native Angelino, grew up in East Los Angeles and has been with SoCalGas for over 14 years, and has spent his entire career in the energy field. He’s held positions in Supplier Diversity, Public Affairs and Marketing. Andy earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from California State University Northridge.
Anne Chapman is a vice president of Capital Research and Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Group. She joined Capital in 1989, and currently co-manages the firm’s proxy voting efforts for the American Funds group of mutual funds. She works extensively with investment analysts and portfolio counselors on broad-based and company-specific corporate governance, compensation, social and environmental issues. Anne also participates in the formation of Capital’s proxy voting policies, as well as the firm’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies.
Anne received a BS in business from the University of Redlands. She is a member of The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and the Council of Institutional Investors. She participates in numerous industry working groups including the Broadridge Independent Steering Committee and the National Association of Corporate Directors’ institutional investor advisory group and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance topics. Anne is based in Los Angeles.
Hannah joined Capital Group in June 2015 and is responsible for supporting the company’s corporate image and retail sales efforts through media relations. Prior to Capital Group, as Vice President of Corporate & Brand Affairs of Nestlé USA, Coan oversaw the external communications and community programs. She worked closely with Nestlé’s operating companies and agency partners to lead image-building communications and the corporate social media properties. Prior to Nestlé, Hannah served as Senior Vice President of Waggener Edstrom, a technology-focused public relations agency, where she led communications for Microsoft’s Office Division including the global launch of Office 365 and Lync. Most of her career has been on the agency side and she also spent eight years at Publicis PR as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director in Seattle, Washington. She joined Publicis from a technology company where she formed and ran the commu nication team including developing the communication strategy leading to a successful IPO. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.
The Founder and Managing Partner of D&B Marketing, Ronald Dresher built the company from startup to more than $5 million in sales in five years. He has designed and implemented successful promotional campaigns for Sony, Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Kellogg’s, Nestle, and Bank of America. Previously he worked for Muranaka Farm, Inc., and L. Norman Howe & Associates. Additionally, he was a Dale Carnegie instructor, taught business administration, and was a member of the LAPD Community Advisory Board. He was co-chair of the City of Hope Harvest Ball for several years and served on the National Association of Food Brokers’ Board of Directors for GM/HBC Committee. He earned his MBA and BS degrees in Business Administration from UCLA.
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As the CEO of EMA (www.ema.us) and its affiliated companies, James “Jamey” Edwards has led the Group’s transformation into the leading provider of emergency management, hospitalist and episodic care services in Southern California. He believes that by focusing on the “health” of the Group’s practice it allows the providers to focus on the health of their patients.
Prior to joining EMA, he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers. Based in New York, he consummated transactions totaling more than $5 billion for leading companies including dj Orthopedics, InterActive Corp, Greenfield Online, Premier Retail Networks, Six Flags, Viasystems, YouBet.com, Sirius Satellite Radio and Google. Mr. Edwards has executed initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, restructurings and debt financings, as well as defense and M&A assignments for a broad range of Internet / New Media and Healthcare clients. While at Lehman, he served as captain of the Cornell Recruiting Team and on the firm’s Global Advisory Council.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Edwards served as a Fund Manager for BR Venture Fund (www.brventurefund.com), the seed stage venture capital fund for Cornell University. Before BR Venture Fund, Mr. Edwards was the Director of Business Development for VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com), an award winning online travel community solution provider and leader in collaborative social networking and user generated content. Prior to VirtualTourist, Mr. Edwards was an Associate with Caltius Mezzanine Partners, a $200 million mezzanine investment fund, where he evaluated potential investment opportunities, and an Analyst with U.S. Bancorp Libra, a boutique investment bank focused on the middle market.
Mr. Edwards has been a speaker for the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds and has led Investment Banking Workshops at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.
Mr. Edwards is co-chair of the board for the Johnson School Club of Southern California and a member of the board for the Cornell Club of Los Angeles.
Mr. Edwards graduated a Tradition Fellow from Cornell University in 1996 and received his MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2003. He has also recently completed the Design Thinking Bootcamp at Stanford University’s d.school.
Mr. Edwards is a member of the Board for Booshaka, Hilltop Slate, Direct2Pro, Noll Surfboards and the Language Access Network (www.lan.us). Mr. Edwards is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of YPO and sits on the board of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica. Mr. Edwards is also a Mentor at StartEngine to startup companies in the LA Area and is a Principal with Avanti Hospitals, LLC.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Crenshaw Christian Center, Angela oversees a multi-million dollar budget and is responsible for a large church membership, five schools, a worldwide television ministry, nearly 200 employees and 1,500 volunteers.
Notable achievements throughout her 40-year career include such publications as Who's Who in Religion and Outstanding Young Women of America. She has also been a member of Town Hall Los Angeles and the American Management Association and has received numerous awards including recognition from the California Legislature Assembly and the City of Los Angeles.
Additionally, Angela was named the 2004 Division 2 Honorary Fire Chief, which resulted in her Ministry adopting an entire battalion of fire stations. She also established a Community Development Corporation (the Vermont Village CDC) and is the President and Chair of its Board of Directors. She also serves as Corporate Secretary on the Board of the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM), a ministerial organization founded by her father, in 1990.
Angela is a missionary at heart and her visionary leadership has resulted in the establishment of Apostle Frederick Price Ministry Training Institutes, to promulgate her father's teachings of faith in Tema, Ghana, and in Los Angeles.
Adam Feit currently serves as the Los Angeles Market President at Union Bank. In this role, Feit leads both the bank’s Middle Market and Business Banking strategy for the Los Angeles region. He manages a team that provides strategic advice and banking services to Corporate and Private Equity clients across all industries with Revenues ranging from $5MM up to over $1Bn. In addition, Feit heads up the Private Equity coverage for Union Bank.
Prior to joining Union Bank, Feit spent 13 years with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) serving Large Corporate and Middle Market clients. Feit originally joined the Global Corporate and Investment Banking group at BAML in 2003 where he focused on the origination, structuring, and underwriting of bank debt financings. In 2011, he joined the Middle Market Banking group at BAML where he served as a Senior Relationship Manager leading the client team covering many of the firm’s key Corporate and Private Equity relationships in Los Angeles.
Feit started his career as a management consultant with The Alcar Group, where he oversaw engagements with a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Feit received his MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business and is also a CFA charterholder.
Feit currently lives in Studio City with his wife and two children. He is an avid traveler, having visited over 80 countries around the world.
An industry veteran of more than 30 years, Jim Fielding currently serves as President, Consumer Products and Innovation for 20th Century Fox. In this capacity, Fielding oversees the Licensing and Merchandising of the vast portfolio of content and brands, including the work of Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox Networks Group, and FX Network. Among the key properties under Fielding’s worldwide purview include The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, The X-Files, and American Horror Story; as well as the film franchises of Avatar, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Predator, and the beloved family movie series, Ice Age.
Prior to joining Fox, Fielding served as the Global Head of Consumer Products and Retail Development for Dreamworks Animation, including his final project leading the global launch of the Trolls franchise. Fielding also served as CEO of Claire's Stores Inc., overseeing strategic growth and international development for the retail chain’s over 3,000 stores worldwide. Fielding’s tenure at Claire’s Stores Inc. was preceded by four years as President of Disney Stores Worldwide, where he oversaw a $1.2 billion global business operating 360 stores in 12 countries as well as the DisneyStore.com business in five countries. In this role, Fielding led a complete rearchitecture of the company’s brand and merchandising strategy, including worldwide store expansion, the launch of a new concept in 2010 and the development of their e-commerce business. An 11-year veteran of Disney, Fielding also held the position of EVP, Global Retail Sales and Marketing for Disney Consumer Products.
Prior to his time at the Walt Disney Company, Fielding served as General Merchandise Manager for the coed division of Lands’ End Inc., where he led all channels of distribution including Internet, catalogue and stores. He has also held several key roles in the merchandising world at companies including The Gap, The J. Peterman Company and Dayton Hudson Department Store.
An active community leader, Mr Fielding is also a proud member of the National Board for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and has chaired their Los Angeles Respect Awards Gala for three years. Fielding has served on the Board of Directors for Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, and on the Make-A-Wish Foundation International Board, including two years as Chairman. He is a founding member of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center.
Mr. Fielding earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Management from Indiana University. He was selected for Indiana University Foundation Board in 2017 and also serves on the Dean’s Council for the Indiana University School of Global and International Studies and has endowed several Scholarship funds for Overseas Study and Overseas Internship opportunities.
Mr. Fielding is also the founder of Intersected Stories, a Brand and Retail consultancy focused on Consumer Products and Experiences serving a variety of global clients.
Liz has been married to her husband Mike for 46 years. They have 4 kids and 14 grandchildren. That is her first priority. Her second priority is volunteerism. Starting as a Brownie leader, Liz did various PTA jobs culminating as San Marino PTA Council President. She was a member of the San Marino Schools Foundation and past President of San Marino Junior Alliance. She was Board member and twice Benefit Chair of Five Acres, the past President of the San Marino Auxiliary of Five Acres, and 12 year active member of the Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts. Liz is a member of The Luminaires, which benefits the Doheny Eye Institute. Having served a three year term on the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter Board. Liz now sits on the Los Angeles Region Board of Directors and Co-Chairs the Philanthropy Committee. She is also Chair of the Prepare San Gabriel Valley Committee where she works extensively with each city to ensure their preparedness efforts are met and they are connected to the resources of the American Red Cross. Liz Giordano is also a member of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders and Philanthropists.
Prior to founding the Beverly Hills-based AWA, Hallock was a tax partner in the Los Angeles office of Ernst & Young. She has extensive experience in comprehensive personal financial planning services, including asset allocation and investment planning, estate and gift planning, charitable giving, tax planning and risk management services. Worth magazine featured Hallock in its annual list of the Top Wealth Advisors for more than 10 years. She has provided financial expertise for Business Week, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Investors Daily, National Public Radio and Local NBC and CBS television stations. Hallock is a licensed CPA in California and Missouri. She is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and a Personal Financial Specialist (PFS). She currently is chair of the investment committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She received a bachelor’s degree from the college of William and Mary in Virginia and an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Hamrick joined Alcoa Fastening Systems in 2011. Prior to Alcoa, She worked for Johnson & Johnson in the consumer sector managing worldwide human resources for the Neutrogena franchise. Later, she headed the J&J Consumer Supply Chain organization where she had responsibility for Latin America and North America. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Hamrick worked for Raytheon Vision Systems in the Network Centric Systems Division and spent more than 10 years with Pacer International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and is certified as a DDI Facilitator.
Herman and Associates LLC is a healthcare and management consulting firm. Earlier in her career Herman was president and CEO of the Consumer Business Unit for WellPoint, Inc., retiring from the company in 2008 after 20 years. She had served in a number of senior management positions with Phoenix Insurance Company in Hartford, Connecticut. She serves on the Board of Directors of Convergys and Qualicorp SA. Previously she served on the boards of MCS, Bayer Medical Care and Health Data Insights. Herman is co-chair of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund and serves on the boards of the South Central Scholars Foundation, the Venice Family Clinic Foundation and Center Dance Arts. Herman is also a member of the Committee of 200, an exclusive group of women leaders. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, she is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and has also served on its board of directors. She graduated from Yale University with a Master of Science degree in mathematics, completed her undergraduate work at Barnard College, Columbia University and also earned her MBA from Western New England College.
With over 20 years banking experience, Jay Hong is a Senior Manager for the Greater LA North RCBO in Pasadena, CA. Jay is currently tasked with developing new opportunities through his network of referral sources as well as managing an existing posrtfolio of diverse middle market companies located thoughout Southern California. As a Senior Relationship Manager, Jay works closly with client’s C-level management to provide strategic financial solutions through Wells Fargo’s suite of services.
Jay received his BS in Bussiness Finance from the University of Southern California and previously held his series 6 and 63 broker’s license.
Jay is involved in the local community through his leadership as Board Member of pathways LA, serving on both the Finance and Program committees. Currently, Jay resides in South Pasadena with his family.
Lois has been a member of the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles Board of Directors for 14 years. She is currently a member of the Planned Giving Committee and previously served on the Investment, Finance and Audit Committees. Lois retired in the summer of 2011 following a 33 year career in finance and investment management. She also currently serves on the Boards of Mt. San Antonio College Foundation and the Pfaffinger Foundation.
Vincent is the Founding CEO + Chief Strategist at Reinvent Communications, a social impact firm. Most recently, as Deputy Director of Campaigns and Senior Program Officer at the Liberty Hill Foundation, he built a regional donor mobilization initiative, developed innovative grantmaking programs, raised over $2,000,000, and advised high net worth individuals in the leveraging of their giving through donor-advised accounts and giving circles.
Currently, Jones serves on the National Board of Lambda Legal, is a founding Board Member of the African-American Board Leadership Institute and Alturi, and serves on the Board of Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Education (SCOPE), and A Wider Bridge. He is a Co-Chair of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy. He is actively engaged with Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families. He was appointed serve on the City of Los Angeles' Innovation and Productivity Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti. He is also on the Advisory Boards of Emerge California and the Research Community Advisory Board of UCLA School of Medicine.
Working with The California Endowment, Vincent co-created and led a groundbreaking campaign to improve outcomes for boys and men of color in California. He was executive director of the Center for Health Justice and led a youth civic engagement project for California Common Cause, and the LA County Field Representative for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
Vincent is a native Californian who enjoys international travel and organizing outings to taste the great wine produced in the Golden State. Jones has a B.A. in history from Swarthmore College, where he was a Eugene M. Lang Scholar and a Public Policy & International Affairs Fellow. Vincent lives in Los Angeles and would be grateful if you followed him on Twitter and Instagram where he is @citizenjones76.
Joseph Kanimian has been practicing law since 1991. He has his own firm in Glendale California, specializing in civil litigation, general business transactions and non-profit corporations.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts, MBA and JD degrees from the University of La Verne, where he was an administrator and instructor. He is a lifetime sustaining member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.
A member of the Red Cross L.A. Region board for more than nine years, Joseph also serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Ararat Home, Inc., a Convalescent Hospital and Assisted Living not-for-profit corporation, aw well as chairman of the Diocesan Council of the Armenian Church Western Diocese. He is fluent in five languages.
Barbara Mathews is responsible for corporate governance and securities law matters, and oversees the Corporate Governance and Finance and the Contracts and Intellectual Property sections of the Edison’s Law Department which she joined in 1996 as an assistant general counsel. Prior to that, she was a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she served in the Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Denver offices. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Helen J. Frye, United States District Court Judge for the District of Oregon. She serves on the board of directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and as chair of its Membership Committee. Mathews received her bachelor’s degree in political science from The Colorado College and her J.D. from Catholic University Law School.
Buzz McCoy is president of Buzz McCoy Associates, Inc. He is a real estate and business counselor, an educator and a philanthropist. He retired as a partner of Morgan Stanley & Co, Inc., where he directed the firm's real estate finance activities and West Coast operations. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A member of a long-time Red Cross family, McCoy has been a volunteer for many years, including as a member of the Junior Red Cross. He is a past chapter chairman, vice chair, and treasurer. He has also served on the Southern California Regional Red Cross Blood Services Board of Directors. McCoy has served in leadership positions at numerous community organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, Urban Land Foundation, Counselors of Real Estate, Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University Center for Economic Policy Research, Hollywood Bowl, Hoover Institution, UCLA Medical Center Ethics Committee and USC Thornton School of Music. McCoy has published more than 75 magazine articles on the subject of business ethics and real estate finance.
With more than 20 years experience in the field of IT risk, assurance and advisory experience Cheryl Moersen is the Principal for Ernst & Young’s West Sub Area for Advisory Services, IT Risk and Assurance Service. The service helps companies improve business performance, manage risk, and create value. In her position, Moersen is responsible for development and execution of the IT risk and assurance transformation strategy and the integration, quality and management of IT risk, assurance and advisory services provided to Ernst & Young’s clients. She also serves as the Professional Women’s Network Leader for the West Sub Area and served as a member of the Area Gender Equity strategy team. She is a member of the United Way’s Women’s Leaders.
Tomoko Nagashima has 20 years of experience, primarily serving asset management clients. She previously worked in PwC's Tokyo office from 1999 through 2003 where she served as engagement manager on multi-national asset management company audits and investment trust fund audits. In addition to her client service responsibilities, she served as the partner champion of PwC’s Assurance Diversity Initiatives for Southern California as well as a Board member of Ascend. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Business Administration. She is a CPA licensed in the states of California, New York and Massachusetts.
Michael Pagano is executive vice president of Private Client Services for City National Bank, based in Los Angeles.
Private Client Services offers the full array of tailored services to help wealthy families and individuals grow, preserve and transfer their wealth. The group also specializes in working with professional services firms and select nonprofit organizations. Mr. Pagano has been with City National since 2007, and is a member of the bank’s Executive Committee.
Mr. Pagano has worked in the financial services industry since 1985 and has been in wealth management and private banking since 1994. During that time, he has held a range of client-focused and management roles, including new client development, sales management, investment management, strategic planning and integration, and division leadership. Prior to joining City National, Mr. Pagano was with Bank of America’s Private Bank as chief administrative officer for the division, based in Boston, and then was the southwest region president based in Los Angeles. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Pagano was with Wells Fargo’s Private Bank in San Francisco.
Mr. Pagano is active in the community and serves on the executive committee of the board of directors of the Performing Arts Center (The Music Center) of Los Angeles and on the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.
A native of Colorado, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.
Mr. Pagano is married with one child and lives in Los Angeles.
Ryan Patel, a thought leader in building brands globally, serves on several Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors across different sectors from social responsibility to technology. As a global executive, he has worked for startups to publicly traded companies; his deep knowledge in global economies, innovation, strategy and consumer trends has made him an expert in scaling businesses worldwide. He has been featured in Entrepreneur, CNN, Yahoo, Franchising World Magazine and several others. He is also a frequent speaker at universities and conferences around the global from London School of Economics, Wharton School of Business, and the World Government Summit to name a few. He was awarded the 2015 Executive of the Year by the LA Business Journal and Special US Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community. Patel recently served as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry, which was one of the fastest growing retail brands globally. Under his tenure, the company had gone from less than 95 locations to over 270 stores in 23 countries. He has also been a key player at some of the world’s most innovative companies including Jamba Juice, Panda Express, BJ’s Restaurants and Wet Seal Retail, Inc. He received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley and received his MBA from the Paul Merage Business School at University of California, Irvine.
With more than 30 years of business and executive management experience, Sakaguchi has served on the board of the Los Angeles Region of the American Red Cross since 2005, and chairs the Board Governance & Nominating Committee. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the L.A. Region, and is serving as an appointee to the Red Cross National Philanthropic Board. Professionally, he is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Neah Power Systems. He also serves as a board member for True Blue, Inc., as well as Eccentex, Inc. Previously he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. and was a senior partner with Accenture, a senior engagement manager with McKinsey & Company and an engineering manager with Chevron Corporation. He received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Commissioner of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, is an Educational Counselor for MIT, and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Tom Schwaninger serves as Chief Information Officer for L.A. Care Health Plan. During his career, he has served as Chief Information Officer in both large and mid-sized organizations. He was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for MetLife’s international business. Mr. Schwaninger also served as Chief Information Officer for New York Life International with a focus on high-growth markets where he enhanced IT capabilities across its businesses in emerging markets including China, India and Mexico.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the American Red Cross, Mr. Schwaninger led the systems efforts that helped coordinate and distribute relief to victims of more than 67,000 disasters each year; managed nearly half of the nation’s FDA- regulated blood supply; delivered training in life saving skills to nearly 12 million citizens annually; and provided community services through chapters nationwide.
Tom also held the position of Senior Vice President & CIO at Aetna International, Inc. where he led the information technology organizations in each of 25 business units across 18 countries. His background also encompasses experience with Wells Fargo Bank, Cargill, US West, du Pont, Bekins, CSC/Index and IBM.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in computer science from Purdue University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Stanford University. Additionally, Mr. Schwaninger has also published articles in industry journals and has spoken at numerous conferences on information technology and business.
Tom holds responsibility for operating all of Westfield’s U.S. shopping centers, managing Center Management, Facilities & Security teams, Business Affairs, Commercial Leasing, as well as the overall mall income line of the business.
Since first joining the company in 2003 as General Manager of Westfield Trumbull in Connecticut, Tom subsequently served as Regional Vice President for the Los Angeles Region; Senior Vice President of Center Management and Regional Leader for the San Diego Region; as well as his most recent role as Senior Vice President for all Western Region properties. Prior to joining Westfield, Tom started his career as a CPA at Coopers & Lybrand and then held senior level finance and operations positions for The Walt Disney Company. Tom is a graduate of Boston College.
Director Jorge A. Villegas has over twenty-six years of experience with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has demonstrated commitment to a community-focused, problem-solving policing style that builds trust, reduces crime, demonstrates accountability, and maintains a highly motivated workforce. Villegas is a champion for community service and collaborative relationship building. One of his many successes was as the commanding officer of Mission Area, where he helped to create the Sylmar Juvenile Task Force, a collaboration of residents, government and nonprofit community organizations that were brought together to provide educational, recreational and leadership development opportunities for the youth in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
Villegas holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from Azusa Pacific University, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Currently, he is graduate student at the Sol Price School o f Public Policy, University of Southern California (USC). He is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI National Academy Associates, the Latin American Law Enforcement Association, the California Peace Officers' Association, and the Police Officers Association of Los Angeles County. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Police Relief Association.
William “Bill” Walrath has been in his current position since November 2013, and with Farmers Insurance Group since 1998. His previous positions include Head of Change Management at the Home Office and State Executive Director, in Michigan, as well as Zone Director of Operations at the Home Offices in both California and Texas. Specific to his work with farmers, he led the project for realignment of the Texas marketplace in 2009, was involved with the realignment of staff, created CAP request to fund the opening of a new State Office in Dallas, and was influential in communicating the transition. He also worked to create a framework for the Houston BDC to best align the distribution strategy with CAT mitigation plans for Texas. Walrth led coordinated efforts with Claims Logistics and the State Office during the 2007 Southern CA wildfires, and set up 12 claims points of contact for customers in evacuation shelters around the San Diego area. Other notable successes include improving Career Conversions by 46% in 2007 in Southern California, exceeding Career Conversion, Net Gain, Issued and Paid, Career Success and Profit goals in Oregon, and Exceeding Life Issued and Paid goals in Illinois.
Out of the office, he enjoys family activities, travel and golf.
Bruce Watkins is the Principal of Fairlead Media, an eLearning, video production and Human Resources consulting group in Los Angeles, CA. He has 25+ years of corporate executive experience leading the Human Resources & Learning function for entrepreneurial multi-location and multi-national companies including Emser Tile, LLC, New Horizons Worldwide, Inc., Virgin Entertainment, Ltd., New Media Network, Inc. and others in the Retail, Wholesale, Internet/Media, Technology, Entertainment and Training sectors. In addition to overseeing all aspects of Human Capital leadership from talent branding, talent acquisition and performance to employment litigation, total rewards and learning management, his blended learning strategy and training architecture design was recognized by the industry-leading Training Magazine by being named to the National “Top 125 Training Companies in America” list.
- Andrea Davis, Chair
- David Allen, Vice Chair
- Bruce Daly, Vice Chair
- Scott Olmsted, Vice Chair
Samantha Yin currently serves as one of the California Safe Corps Youth Coordinators for the Los Angeles Region. This year, she have been working closely with the Greater Long Beach, South Bay, Rio Hondo, San Gabriel Pomona Valley and Claremont/Pomona regions in terms of supporting youth and young adults in their overall Red Cross needs.
Samantha has been a part of the American Red Cross for over eight years. After an invaluable experience this year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Samantha has decided to return as a second year member to bring her experiences to a greater level. She is excited to spend the year serving the American Red Cross as she applies for Medical School to pursue a career as an Emergency Room/Trauma physician.
- Willard Z. Carr, Jr. - Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
- Martin Cozyn - Executive Vice President, HR, Occidental Petroleum
- Rod Hagenbuch - Strategic Advisor, Raymond James Associates
- Kirk Hyde - President, Hyde Properties, LLC
- Edmond Lelo - Head of Cross-border Relationship Manager Team, Wells Fargo International Group
- Irv Margol - Principal, Eddy Associates
- Allen Mathies, Jr., M.D. - President Emeritus, Huntington Memorial Hospital/Dean Emeritus, Keck School of Medicine, USC
- Buzz (Bowen) H. McCoy - President, Buzz McCoy Associates, Inc.
- William A. Niese - Leadership Volunteer
- Jay Rodriguez - Leadership Volunteer
- Jeff Sakaguchi - National Philanthropic Board
- Jill Valenti - Leadership Volunteer