Board Chair Marjorie Ehrich Lewis retired from Gibson Dunn in December 2015 following a 35 year career as a commercial litigator with a focus on the representation of automobile manufacturers and distributors in a wide range of disputes, and on the representation of lenders in disputes arising out of distressed real estate. Ms. Lewis became a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office in 1988, and during her tenure served on the Firm’s Executive and Management Committees, and as the Partner-In-Charge of the Los Angeles and Century City Offices. Ms. Lewis joined the firm in 1981 following a clerkship with Judge Warren Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Lewis served for ten years as a Trustee of the Center for Early Education, an independent elementary school in Los Angeles, and for twelve years on the Board and Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.
Ms. Lewis graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1976 from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. In 1979, she received her law degree from New York University, where she was a member of the New York University Law Review.
Ms. Lewis currently serves as Senior Advisor to Los Altos, California-based Beepi, Inc., which is on line peer to peer marketplace for the sale of high end used vehicles.
Cathy Hession is the President of The Carol and James Collins Foundation, a position she has held since 1998. The Foundation is working to improve the status of children, youth and families in Los Angeles County, with particular focus on K-12 education and college-access. She serves on the Board of Southern California Grantmakers, as well as on the Board of Advisors for The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy. She is a 25-year board member at the Westside Family YMCA, a 15-year board member at The Boys & Girls Club of Venice, a board member of Para Los Niños and a Trustee of Marlborough School.
Ronnie Roy is of counsel at Richardson & Patel, LLP. His practice encompasses advising early stage companies from formation to startup financing, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements, securities law and corporate governance. Mr. Roy’s clients span myriad industries including digital/new media, e-commerce, mobile gaming/mobile applications, entertainment, hospitality, pharmaceutical, high-tech and telecommunications companies.
Mr. Roy has extensive experience representing clients in connection with financing and related securities matters. He continually advises clients on covenant analysis with respect to their indentures, credit agreements or other instruments related to their indebtedness.
Mr. Roy has also represented publicly and privately held acquirers and targets in a variety of transactions including negotiated mergers and acquisitions. Continue reading…
Rick J. Caruso is founder and chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated, one of the largest, privately held real estate companies in the U.S. A native of Los Angeles, Rick Caruso earned a BS from the University of Southern California, and a J.D. degree as a Margaret Martin Block Scholar from Pepperdine University. An active civic leader for three decades, Rick Caruso served as Commissioner for the L.A. Department of Water and Power, and President of the L.A. Board of Police Commissioners. Through the Caruso Family Foundation, he is involved with Operation Progress, St. Lawrence of Brindisi School (K-8), and Verbum Dei High School and serves on the boards for St. John’s Health Center Foundation and The California Medical Center, and serves as a Trustee for the University of Southern California and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation as well as Pepperdine’s School of Law Board of Visitors. Most recently, he endowed the Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish Church at USC.
Mr. Lopez joined Granite Investment Partners in 2011 where he is a Principal, Portfolio Manager and team member for the Large Cap Equity product. Granite is an investment advisor specializing in asset management for institutional clients and high net worth families. Prior to joining Granite in 2011, Mr. Lopez was the CEO, Director of Research, and a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Transamerica Investment Management, LLC, which he joined in 2003. While at TIM, he managed portfolios for Core plus Fixed income strategy and Large Cap equity. Prior to joining TIM, he was a managing director Centre Pacific LLC. He previously served as a senior fixed income analyst for Transamerica Investment Services from 1997-2000. Mr. Lopez also served as an assistant vice president at Alliance Capital and an associate at TIAA-CREF. Mr. Lopez has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from Arizona State University.
Pedro J. Martí is a Senior Financial Advisor-Wealth Management and Senior Vice President-Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. He previously served as an Analyst in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Development Division, as Chief of Staff to the company’s COO, and helped develop and implement a professional training program for a new generation of securities and insurance licensed employees in the LA Metro Region of Wells Fargo. Mr. Martí holds a BBA from Emory Goizueta Business School, concentrating in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Financial Services, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Martí is a former Board Member of Amanecer Community Counseling Services.
Tom Masenga is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the firm’s Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Mr. Masenga has more than 35 years of experience representing pension funds and their separate account advisors, commingled funds, banks, life insurance companies, private equity funds, REITs and other institutional real estate investors and lenders. His finance and capital markets practice has included advising on portfolio, syndicated and mezzanine loan originations, restructurings and foreclosures, the acquisition and disposition of performing and non-performing loan portfolios, revolving credit facilities, and repurchase agreements for real estate mortgage loans. Mr. Masenga has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate law by Chambers USA and Legal 500. In 2013, Mr. Masenga was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Real Estate Lawyers. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in structuring and closing complex real estate transactions for institutional clients and is a frequent lecturer on real estate investment and financing. Mr. Masenga has served as a panelist for, among others, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and the California Continuing Education of the Bar.
Andrei Muresianu is an Analyst at Capital World Investors, a division of Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based investment management company. His expertise is focused on investing in Cable, Telecom and Media. Prior to business school, Mr. Muresianu worked as an analyst covering restaurants and business services at SAC Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.
Mr. Muresianu has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business Economics from Brown University. Mr. Muresianu has taught and tutored children in Boston and Los Angeles and worked as a teaching assistant in economics at Brown University.
Mark Pan is the head of the US division of Cotton On Group, a global fashion retailer founded in Geelong, Australia in 1991. Cotton On USA currently operates over 120 stores in 13 states with plans for continued growth. Mark is a veteran of the retail industry, having served many years with the Gap, Target and Macy’s holding various positions including Regional Director, Vice President/General Manager and Merchandise Manager. His extensive experience with Corporate Foundations has led to the development and support of programs that focus on education, youth, families and the arts. Mark graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a BS in Economics, with a concentration in Marketing.
Mr. Parkes is a producer, screenwriter and former studio executive whose films include the Men In Black series, Gladiator, Flight, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, The Ring, Awakenings, The Mask of Zorro, Twister and Amistad, as well as the screen adaptations of The Kite Runner and of Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and many others. In total, films produced or executive produced by Mr. Parkes have grossed over $6B globally.
He and his wife, Laurie MacDonald, ran the motion pictures division of Dreamworks Studios from its inception in 1997 until 2006. During Mr. Parkes’s and Ms. MacDonald’s tenure, the fledgling studio won, for only the second time in Academy history, three consecutive Best Picture Oscars: American Beauty, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind, the latter two in partnership with Universal Studios. Continue reading…
Mr. Sonnenberg is President of Latitude Real Estate Investors, Inc., a real estate investment advisory firm in debt and equity investment for institutional and individual investors around the United States. Glenn serves on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek—the House of Justice and is President of the Board of Directors at Stephen S. Wise Temple. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and as President of the USC Friends of the Libraries (producers of the annual Scripter Award). Glenn is co-chair of the annual USC Law School Forum on Real Estate Law and Business and serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Law School and the College of Letters, Art and Sciences. Glenn was awarded the Bet Tzedek Founder’s Award in 2009 and a USC Alumni Award in 2006.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, B.A. 1977, History, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, Mr. Sonnenberg also received his J.D. in 1980 from USC. Mr. Sonnenberg began his career as a real estate and finance partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble and Mallory. He coaches middle school debate.
Term expires June 2018
Cindy Winebaum is the co-chair of the grant screening committee of Women Helping Youth, a grant making organization that works with non-profits that help children throughout the Los Angeles area. Being a part of this organization for the last eight years has shone a light on problems facing underprivileged youth, as well as on programs in many different areas that really make an impact. Cindy has served on the boards of Seven Arrows Elementary School and Santa Monica Synagogue, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. She founded and is Co-Chair of the Friends of Israel Studies. Prior to retiring to raise her children, Cindy worked in the Licensing and Merchandising business for children’s toy properties in New York City. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.