Development Council

StudyLA Development Council

Soboroff

Steve Soboroff

Chairman, Center for the Study of Los Angeles Development Council
Managing Partner, Soboroff Partners

Steve Soboroff is managing partner at Soboroff Partners. He serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Weingart Foundation, senior fellow and member of the Board of Advisors at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs, and past chairman and CEO of Playa Vista.

Garrison

James Garrison

Vice Chairman, Center for the Study of Los Angeles Development Council
President, Pacific Federal Insurance Co.

James Garrison is president of Pacific Federal Insurance Corporation. Garrison is an executive board member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and he has served on the board of directors at the Chamber since 2010. As a former member of the Electoral College, Garrison represented California in the 2000 presidential election.

Amezcua

Raul Amezcua

Managing Director, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

Raul Amezcua is the managing director of the Stifel-California Public Finance team. Amezcua has served on the board of the PUENTE Learning Center since 2001, including a role as chairman of the Board of Directors for seven years. He earned his B.S. from USC and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Carrasco

Andy Carrasco

Director of Regional Public Affairs, Southern California Gas Company

Andy Carrasco is the director of regional public affairs for Southern California Gas Company. Carrasco currently serves on the Boards for the Southeast Community Development Corporation and Plaza Community Service. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from California State University Northridge.

Casey

Barbara Casey

Founder & CEO, Casey & Sayre

Barbara Casey is founder and chairman/CEO of public relations firm Casey & Sayre. Casey started her career with KB Home, where she became a vice president. Active in civic and philanthropic involvements, she sits on numerous boards and committees. She graduated from West Virginia University where she earned a B.S. in journalism.

Chaves

Alex Martin Chaves, ’86

CEO, Parking Company of America Management

Alex Chaves serves as CEO of Parking Company of America, L.L.C. He is a graduate of LMU where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration. He is currently a member of the LMU Board of Trustees and an active member of the university’s Latino Alumni Association where he serves as president.

Cisneros

Henry Cisneros

Founder & Chairman, CityView

Henry Cisneros is the co-founder and chairman of CityView. He became the first Hispanic-American mayor of San Antonio, Texas in 1981. Cisneros was appointed by President Clinton to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1992. He is a current member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation.

Flintoft

Thomas Flintoft

Founding Principal, Kindel Gagan

Thomas Flintoft is a founding principal of Kindel Gagan, an LA-based public affairs and lobbying firm. He is the founder and former chair of the Alumni Association of Leadership LA. Currently, Flintoft is a board member of the Los Angeles Business Council. He earned his B.A. in economics from Fordham University.

Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez, ’98

President, Gonzalez Strategic Affairs

Ruben Gonzalez is president of Gonzalez Strategic Affairs. He also serves as senior advisor of strategic affairs for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Gonzalez currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center Foundation Board. Gonzalez earned his B.A. in philosophy and political science from LMU.

Gritzner

Lisa Gritzner

Managing Director, State and Local Government Affairs, American Airlines

Lisa Gritzner is managing director of state and local government affairs for American Airlines. She has served as the president of the Saban Free Clinic Board of Directors and is a member of the Founder’s Board of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Gritzner graduated from California State University Sacramento with a B.A. in government.

Kate Hennigan

Katherine Hennigan '05

President, ColLAborate

Katherine Hennigan ‘05 is a President of ColLAborate, where she specializes in land use and government affairs. Prior to joining the firm, Kate spent more than twelve years serving the City of Los Angeles in various capacities, including as Economic Development and Legislative Director for Councilmember Paul Koretz and Senior Policy Director in the Office of Economic and Business Policy for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She also served on various city committees. Kate earned her Master’s Degree in International Public Policy and Management from the USC, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from LMU.

Hernandez

Randal Hernandez

Consultant, Government & External Affairs, Impower, Inc.

Randal Hernandez serves as consultant of government and external affairs for Impower, Inc. Hernandez also served as appointments secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hernandez is a graduate of Leadership Long Beach and Leadership Southern California. He earned his B.A. in economics and his M.P.A. from California State University Long Beach.

Inman

Fran Inman

Senior Vice President, Majestic Realty Co.

Fran Inman is senior vice president at Majestic Realty Co., the largest privately held developer and owner of master-planned business parks in the United States. Inman serves on a variety of business, economic development, and transportation boards and organizations throughout the region. She earned a B.A. in finance and an M.B.A. in finance from California State University Fullerton.

Levine

David O. Levine

Chief of Staff to Jerry Epstein, and Spokesperson for ShoresMDR

David Levine is president of Jerry B. Epstein Management Company, LLC and has served as chief of staff to Jerry B. Epstein, a real estate developer, since 1987. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and earned his Ph.D. in American civilization from Harvard University.

Moradi

Alexander Moradi

Managing Partner & Founder, ICO Group

Alexander Moradi is the managing member and founder of ICO. He currently serves on the Boards of the Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Business Improvement District and the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, as well as the Executive Committee of the Central City Association. Moradi earned his B.S. in business administration from USC.

Pla

George L. Pla

President & CEO, Cordoba Corporation

George L. Pla is president, CEO, and founder of Cordoba Corporation. Pla serves as a regent emeritus at LMU, president associate at USC, and co-founder of the USC Latino Alumni Association. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Southern California Leadership Council and is co-founder of the City Club.

Psomas

Timothy G. Psomas, ’62

Chairman, PSOMAS

Timothy Psomas is chairman of the Board at Digital Map Products LLC and chairman emeritus at Psomas. He served as the American Council of Engineering Company’s national chairman in 2009. Psomas also served on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, LMU, where he earned his B.S. in engineering.

Roberti

David Roberti, Esq., ’61

Attorney, David Roberti Law Office

David Roberti is a partner at Roberti Jenson LLP. At age 26, he was elected to the California State Assembly in 1966, the youngest legislator elected into office. He was elected to State Senate in 1971, and climbed the ranks to president pro tempore from 1980 to 1994. Roberti is a graduate of LMU.

Santana

Miguel A. Santana

President & CEO, Los Angeles County Fair Association

Miguel A. Santana is president and CEO of the Los Angeles County Fair Association. Santana serves on the Boards of MALDEF, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, United Way of Los Angeles, and Discovery Cube Los Angeles. He formerly served as the city administrative officer for the city of LA.

Simril

Renata Simril, ’93

President & CEO, LA 84 Foundation

Renata Simril is president and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. She served as deputy mayor of economic development for the Hahn Administration, and she expanded rental and affordable housing in Los Angeles as a senior executive at Forest City Development. Simril earned her B.A. in urban studies from LMU and her Master’s in real estate development from USC.

Slavkin

Mark Slavkin

Director of Education, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Mark Slavkin is the director of education at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills. Slavkin sat on the Los Angeles City Board of Education for eight years, and served as its president from 1994–1996. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in political science from USC.

Sloat

Kevin Sloat, ’81

Principal & Founder, Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates

Kevin Sloat is the principal and founder of Sloat Higgins Jensen and Associates, a full-service lobbying firm based in Sacramento. Sloat is highly regarded in Sacramento both as a legislative strategist and as a direct lobbyist. He has successfully guided major legislative initiatives for many large corporate and public sector clients. He is a graduate of LMU.

Vasquez

Gaddi Vasquez

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Southern California Edison

Gaddi Vasquez is senior vice president of government affairs for Southern California Edison. The former director of the U.S. Peace Corps, Vasquez also served as U.S. Ambassador and permanent representative to United Nations Agencies based in Rome. He is the recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees.

Villegas

Peter Villegas

Vice President of Latin Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company

Peter Villegas is vice president of Latin affairs of the western region for Coca-Cola where he manages local, regional and national strategies that position Coca-Cola as a leading corporate citizen. He serves on numerous boards and was recognized as a top Latino executive by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.