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.