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

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

Ruben Gonzalez
President & Founder, Gonzalez Strategic Affairs

Eric Gurna
President & CEO, LA’s BEST

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

Lyndal Larkin
Senior Vice President of People, Chef'd

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

Jawaad Malik
Vice President of Accounting & Finance, Southern California Gas Company

Damián Mazzotta
Senior Advisor, Zero Gravity

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

June Sale
Advisory Board Chair Emeritus and Child Care Consultant

Teresa Samaniego
Vice President of Diversity & Community Relations, ABC7

Dean Schramm
Principal, The Schramm Group

Cameron Strang

Marvin J. Suomi
Chair, KUD International, LLC

David Travers
CFO, ZipRecruiter

Samira Poulos

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

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

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.

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

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: Mona Sobhani, Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager and Research Lead, USC Center for Body Computing

Hirak Bali
Vice President, TerraMar Capital

Jenna Brill Binder
Managing Member, JT Homes LLC

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

Jonathan Fields
Director of Finance, ZipRecruiter

Justin Fredlender
Sr. Manager - Strategy & Analytics, MVMT

Jaclyn Frattali
Marketing & Events Manager, Factual

Sara Frisch
Attorney, Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Jordan Kaye
Brand Activation, Interlock Entertainment

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

Megan Lachinski
Associate Category Insights Manager, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Danielle Lew
Event & Wedding Consultant

Sandra Maciel
Skincare Consultant

Bill Mayne
Head of Operations, Stila Cosmetics

Miguel Melendez
Writer/Producer, TMZ

Amani Roberts
Principal, Woodside Media Group

Todd Terrazas
Co-Founder & CEO, Brainitch

Evita Wong
Manager, Giving Trips Engagement & Administration, TOMS