Our Boards

The LA's BEST Board of Directors, Advisory Board and BEST Friends Board were established to represent a broad cross-section of the community, and to leverage additional expertise and resources for LA’s BEST.

Board of Directors

Responsible for oversight and strategic planning, including the creation of a diverse and sustainable funding base for the organization.
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CHAIR: Christopher D. Dusseault
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

VICE CHAIR: Mary Odell

CFO: Robert L. Wicke
Managing Director, Technology Practice, Deloitte Consulting

Helena Cho
Founder & President, Good Work(s) Make a Difference

Adam Deromedi
Sr. Manager Corporate Strategy, AECOM

Alberto Diaz
Chief Pilot, United Airlines/LAXFO

Trudi Ferguson
Professor, USC and Advisory Board Chair

Neal Fraser
Chef, Redbird Restaurant

Jeff Goad
Vice President of Operations - Product, Drybar and BEST Friends Board Chair

Eric Gurna
President & CEO, LA’s BEST

Russ Hagey
Global Chief Talent Officer & Partner; Bain & Company Inc. /Los Angeles

Gerald L. Katell
Board Chair Emeritus & President, Katell Productions, LLC and Katell Properties, LLC

Lyndal Larkin
Human Resources Director, DFS North America, DFS Group Limited

Heather Lord
Senior Vice President, Strategy & Innovation, Capital Group

Nigel Lythgoe
Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Lythgoe Productions and Executive Producer, "So You Think You Can Dance"

Damián Mazzotta
Publisher, La Opinión

Matthew D. Petersen
SVP & Global Chief Marketing Officer, JAFRA Cosmetics International

The Honorable Richard J. Riordan
Former Mayor of Los Angeles & Founder, The Riordan Foundation

June Sale
Advisory Board Chair Emeritus and Child Care Consultant

Dean Schramm
Principal, The Schramm Group

Candy Spelling
Commissioner Emeritus, City of Los Angeles, American Humane Association Board Member

Cameron Strang
Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records

Marvin J. Suomi
Chair, KUD International, LLC

David Travers
CFO, ZipRecruiter


Advisory Board

Responsible as stewards of the program for assuring quality and representing diverse community and constituency views to the organization.
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CHAIR: Trudi Ferguson, Ph.D.
Professor, USC Marshall School of Business

VICE CHAIR: Richard S. Cheung, D.C.
Private Practice

Bryant Alexander, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Communication & Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Alice Desobry Bowens, M.A.
Educator

Olivia Campos-Bergeron
Director, Community Relations, CBS2/KCAL9

Kevin Carnes
President, Lakeshore Learning Materials

Bill Coggins, MSW
Founder and Former Executive Director, Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center

Jennifer Cowan,
Manager, Strategic Partnerships, First 5 LA

Cheryl Cruz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Accounting, California State University, Los Angeles

Nahal Danesh, MS, DI
Dietetic Intern, USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Children’s Hospital

Raymond Ealy
President & CEO, STEAM:CODERS

Ray Gonzales
Former Producer/Host, Pacesetters, KTLA Channel 5

Eric Gurna
President & CEO, LA’s BEST

Lorena Guzman
Program Coach, LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program

Dr. Sweet Alice Harris
Executive Director, Parents of Watts

Linda Harris-Forster, MSW
President & CEO, Forster Company, Inc.

Vivian Haun
Education Attorney and BEST Friends Board Representative

Andrea Kannike
Analyst, United States District Court

Ann Reiss Lane
Founder & Chair Emeritus, Women Against Gun Violence

Cecilia Pascuzzo
Traveling Program Supervisor/LA's BEST Parent, LA's BEST After School Program

Laura C. Romero, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Brillante Strategies

James Rosser, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles

Lois Saffian
Community Activist

June Sale
Board Chair Emeritus and Child Care Consultant

Lt. Christopher Stevens
Commanding Officer, Northeast Division, Los Angeles School Police Department

Rebecca Unterman, M.Ed.
K-12 Education Policy Analyst, MDRC

Martha Watson, MSW
Psychotherapist/Consultant

Barbara Yaroslavsky
Community Activist


BEST Friends Board of Directors

Responsible for creation, management and oversight of all fundraising, marketing and volunteer initiatives targeting the BEST Friends network.
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CHAIR: Jeff Goad
Vice President of Operations - Product, Drybar

VICE CHAIR: Justin Fredericks
Director of Business Development, iAmplify

VICE CHAIR: Kelechi Ogbunamiri
Vice President, Guggenheim Partners

JR. VICE CHAIR: Jaclyn Frattali
Marketing & Events Manager, Factual

Emily Benowitz
Account Manager, Twitter

Jenna Brill Binder
Managing Member, JT Homes LLC

Anthony Crouch
Vice President, Lenny & Larry's Inc.

Kevin Danesh
Managing Partner, Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid

Kristen DeLeo
Display Project Planner, Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

Alissa Ellis
Director, UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Sara Frisch
Attorney, Helton Law Group

Tiffany Graddick
Attorney, 20th Century Fox

Vivian Haun
Education Attorney

Nathalie Huddleston
Founder, Green Source Coffee Company

Jordan Kaye
Brand Activation, Interlock Entertainment

Paul Keltner
Regional Vice President - Commercial Markets, Zurich North America

Danielle Lew
Event & Wedding Consultant

Sandra Maciel
Skincare Consultant

Mallory Maske
Founder, THRIVE HR for Start Up's

Bill Mayne
Head of Operations, Stila Cosmetics

Miguel Melendez
Writer/Producer, TMZ

Amani Roberts
Principal, Woodside Media Group

Mona Sobhani
Senior Project Manager and Research Lead, USC Center for Body Computing

Todd Terrazas
Co-Founder & CEO, Brainitch

Evita Wong
Manager, Giving Trips Engagement & Administration, TOMS