Board of Directors - LA Region

Board Officers

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Officers - Andrea Davis

Andrea E. Davis (Chair) – Director, Crisis Management and Business Continuity, The Walt Disney Company

Andrea E. Davis’ 13 years of emergency management service includes working as the External Affairs Director for U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Louisiana Recovery Office where she was in charge of all public affairs, congressional and intergovernmental outreach efforts. Her work included recovery efforts after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav and the 2011 Mississippi River flooding incident with a total portfolio of over $20 billion dollars. Earlier she served as the Regional Training and Exercise Director for the City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management; worked as the Emergency Manager for the Federal Reserve System as well as the Fed’s Command Liaison and Public Information Officer; and as the Emergency Manager and Public Information Officer for the Northern District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Salvation Army and several other San Francisco based non-profits. She received her B.A. Degree in international relations from California State University, Chico and a M.S. Degree in Public Health from Penn State.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Officers - David Allen

David C. Allen (Vice Chair) – Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Bruce Daly

Bruce Bunker Daly (Vice Chair) – Principal, Deloitte & Touche

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).

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Scott Olmsted

Scott J. Olmsted (Vice Chair) - Senior Vice President, Regional Director, Global Commercial Banking

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.

Board Members

Red Cross Los Angeles Region - Leadership - Javier Angulo

Javier Angulo - Director of Community Affairs, Walmart

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.

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Steve Atlee - Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Steve Atlee is a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Steve litigates complex commercial matters and other business disputes. He has broad experience handling consumer class actions, unfair competition, false advertising, patent, trademark, trade secrets, professional liability, telecommunications, securities fraud, and property disputes. Steve first-chairs matters on behalf of his clients before juries, judges, arbitrators, and mediators. He has been recognized routinely as a Southern California Super Lawyer. In addition to his service to the Red Cross, Steve serves on the board of directors of the Western Center on Law & Poverty and is a member of the Chancery Club. Steve received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science, summa cum laude, from Yale College and received a J.D. from the University of Southern California, where he earned Order of the Coif honors and served on the Southern California Law Review. Steve is married and has three kids.

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Judy Chambers Beck

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Kullen Birkeland

Kullen Birkeland – Partner, Grant Thornton

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.

Red Cross Los Angeles Anne Chapman

Anne Chapman - Vice President, Capital Research & Management Company

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Hannah Coan

Hannah Coan – Media Relations, Capital Group.

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Chadd Davis

Chadd R. Davis – Practice Leader, Director Etonien LLC

Chadd Davis is the Practice Leader and Director of the Los Angeles office for Etonien LLC, finance and accounting consultants. He is responsible for business development in the Los Angeles market working with firms ranging from start-ups with equity backing to middle market privately owned and Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to joining Etonien LLC, Davis was a Senior Associate at The Harris Group, an investment sales and advisory firm in partnership with Marcus & Millichap. Starting as an analyst, he was promoted to senior associate and is also an active realtor. His other professional endeavors include involvement with Sashi, a high-end sushi restaurant located in Manhattan Beach. Attending UCLA, he played on the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team, winning an NCAA National Championship in his senior season. He was a member of Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and a member of the Bruin Athletic Council. Following a successful career at UCLA, Davis played soccer professionally for one season in New York.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Ronald Dresher

Ronald C. Dresher - Managing Partner, D&B Marketing

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.

Red Cross Los Angeles Liz Giordano

Liz Giordano

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. Currently Liz is a 3 year member of the Board for the San Gabriel/ Pomona Valley Chapter of the Red Cross and she is the 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 recently became the Community Ambassador for Pasadena, CA.

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Luigi Gratton - Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Herbalife International

As vice president, worldwide product marketing, Luigi Gratton, M.D., M.P.H., is responsible for setting the overall vision and direction of Herbalife’s global product strategy. Gratton, a physician specialist in family medicine and clinical physician at the Center for Human Nutrition in the Risk Factor Obesity Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), earned an undergraduate degree in science, a master’s in public health and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical nutrition from UCLA.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Meloni Hallock

Meloni M. Hallock - CEO, Acacia Wealth Advisors

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.

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Patricia Hamrick - Global Vice President, Human Resources, Alcoa Fastening Systems

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Joan Herman

Joan E. Herman - President & CEO, Herman and Associates, LLC

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.

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Jay Hong – Vice President/Senior Relations Manager Commercial Banking, LA North RCBO, Wells Fargo & Company

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Lois Ingham

Lois Ingham

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Joseph Kanimian

Joseph Kanimian - Managing Partner, Law Offices of Joseph Kanimian

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Fasha Mahjoor

Fasha Mahjoor - Founder & CEO, Phenomenex

Fasha Mahjoor established Phenomenex in 1982. The company is a global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of leading edge chromatography solutions. Born in Persia and educated in England, Mahjoor completed high school in Worchester and obtained his undergraduate degree in architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University. He completed his Masters degree in architecture from USC in 1980. After graduation, Mahjoor and two USC alumnae joined forces to start a boutique architectural firm in Beverly Hills. Shifting from architecture to high tech, science and chemistry, he saw an entrepreneurial opportunity in the field of chromatography (separation sciences), which led to his founding of Phenomenex.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Officers - Barbara Mathews

Barbara E. Mathews – Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Chief Governance Officer, Corporate Secretary, Edison International and Southern California Edison

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Buzz (Bowen) McCoy

Buzz (Bowen) H. McCoy - President, Buzz McCoy Associates, Inc.

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.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Cheryl Moersen

Cheryl Moersen – Principal, Ernst & Young

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.

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Tomoko Nagashima - Assurance Partner, PwC

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.

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Michael Pagano - Executive Vice President Private Client Affairs, City National Bank

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.

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Ryan Patel – Former VP Global Development, Pinkberry

Ryan Patel served as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry. Since starting at Pinkberry in 2011, the company has gone from less than 95 locations to over 265 stores in 23 countries.

An expert in growing brands, he has worked for publicly traded, as well as private companies and been a key player at some of the world’s most innovative companies including Pinkberry, Wet Seal Retail, Inc (Arden B and West Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc and Panda Express. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and company meetings in the United States and around the globe, from university students to CEOs of organizations.

Ryan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine. He was awarded the 2015 Executive of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to the community. Ryan is a strong believer in giving back to the community and paying it forward.

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Jeffrey Rosenfeld – Partner

A commercial litigator, Jeffrey Rosenfeld focuses on complex business disputes, entertainment, telecommunications and information technology, environmental/toxic tort, financial services, franchise and distribution, professional liability, insurance coverage, labor and employment, product liability, real estate, and intellectual property, as well as unfair competition and related business torts. Named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Los Angeles magazines, he is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the ABA’s Litigation Section, Commercial Law Section, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, and Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Jeffrey Sakaguchi

Jeffrey B. Sakaguchi – Community Volunteer, Business Advisor

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.

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Diane A. Thompson – Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Diane A. Thompson practices in the area of executive compensation for both public and private companies and nonprofit organizations. Before reentering private practice, Thompson served as Corporate Senior Vice President of Human Resources for AECOM, a NYSE-listed provider of professional technical and support services. From 1999 to 2011, she was a partner in Ernst & Young’s Los Angeles and Irvine offices. She is a member of the California Bar Association and received her J.D. from Loyola Law School in L.A. Her undergraduate work was conducted at California State University, Long Beach (M.A. 1980, Public Administration; B.A. 1977).

Los Angeles - Leadership - Board Members - Tom Tierney

Tom Tierney - Executive Vice President, Westfield Property Group

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.

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Bruce Watkins – Vice President, Human Resources, Emser Tile LLC

Bruce Watkins is a Human Resources / Administration executive with a proven strategic and tactical Business Leadership experience in entrepreneurial and progressive company environments. He has guided multi-location and multi-national industry leading companies in the Retail, Wholesale, Internet/Media, Technology, Entertainment and Training sectors. He has supported North American, European, Asian and Middle Eastern offices and has served as an integral member of each Company’s executive management teams. A results-oriented business partner, change agent and cross-functional facilitator, in his current position as the Company’s Senior HR leader, Bruce has established a business-driving HR infrastructure designed to accelerate the Company’s aggressive National growth strategy. He is also responsible for all aspects of Human Capital leadership from talent branding and acquisition to employment to legal and litigation management to performance management.

    Chairs and Vice Chairs

  • Andrea Davis, Chair
  • David Allen, Vice Chair
  • Bruce Daly, Vice Chair
  • Scott Olmsted, Vice Chair

Youth Board Member

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Samantha Yin

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.

Lifetime Board Members

  • 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