Development Council


James Garrison

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.

Raul Amezcua

Managing Director, Ramirez & Co.

Raul Amezcua is the managing director at Ramirez & Co. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Lisa Gritzner

CEO, LG Strategies

Lisa Gritzner is CEO of LG Strategies, a strategic communications and public affairs firm specializing in government and media relations, communications, and community engagement for corporate, government agencies, and non-profits. She serves as the Chair of the VICA 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.


Randal Hernandez

Executive Director, External Affairs, Southern California, Verizon

Randal Hernandez serves as the executive director of external affairs for Verizon, Southern California. 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Ray Vasquez

Senior Vice President and Market Executive of Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ray is senior vice president and the market executive for commercial banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He leads activities focused on delivering strategic financial guidance and solutions throughout Greater LA. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Valley Economic Development Co. and the White Memorial Medical Center's Charitable Foundation. He graduated from LMU.


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.