Members play a vital role in LAEDC’s mission and governance.

To learn more about membership, contact Elsa Flores at LAEDC

Quick-view graphic of LAEDC members here

Learn about LAEDC’s Board of Governor’s meetings here


LAEDC Chair, Jodie Lesh

SVP National Delivery System Strategy, Planning and Design for Kaiser Permanente

Meet LAEDC’s Chairman and Vice-Chairs.   Click here

Executive Committee

LAEDC Executive Committee members also serve on the Board of Governors (see next section).

ABL Inc.
David Abel, Publisher-Metro Investment Report, The Planning Report, Past LAEDC Chair

AC Martin
Christopher C. Martin, President & CEO, Past LAEDC Chair

ACT•1 Group
Janice Bryant Howroyd, President + CEO

Kelli Bernard, Chief Executive, LA Metro

Alston & Bird LLP
Tom Wingard, Partner

American Airlines
Suzanne Boda,  Senior Vice President

American Honda Motor Company
Steven Center, Vice President, Environmental Business Development Office

Mark A. Lomeli, Government and Public Affairs Manager

Bank of America
Raul Anaya, Los Angeles Market President, Past LAEDC Chair

Bank of the West
Mary Borg, EVP, Divisional Executive

Bolton & Company
Lisa Markus, Vice President-CX

California Resources Corporation
Mary Rosas, Director, Local Public Affairs

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Michael Woo, Dean, College of Environmental Design

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Willie J. Hagan, President

California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Jane Conoley, President

California State University, Los Angeles
Dr. Jose Gomez, Executive Vice President + Chief Operating Officer

California State University, Northridge
Dr. Dianne Harrison, President

California Steel Industries, Inc.
Marcelo Botelho Rodrigues, President & CEO

Samuel Garrison, Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Lewis C. Horne, President, Greater Los Angeles-Orange County Region, Past LAEDC Chair

CDS Insurance Services
Andrew Carreon, Vice President, Environmental Services

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Thomas M. Priselac, President + CEO

Charter Communications
Stephen Sawyer, Director of Government Affairs

Rod Spackman, Manager, Public & Government Affairs- LA Basin

Citibank N.A
Halé Behzadi, Managing Director and Global Market Manager, Western Region

City National Bank
Christopher J. Carey, Executive Vice President + CFO, Past LAEDC Chair

Comcast NBCUniversal
Steve Nissen, Senior Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs

County of Los Angeles
Sachi Hamai, Chief Executive Officer

Cox, Castle & Nicholson, LLP
Andrew Fogg, Partner

Crystal & Company
Rose Nordbrock, Executive Director

Tom Vandiver, Partner

Department of Water and Power City of Los Angeles
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer

Ernst & Young LLP
Mark Sogomian, Partner

Goodwill Southern California
Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Eric Rowen, Principal Shareholder

Willie Zuniga, President + CEO

ICG Advisors, LLC
Jeff Assaf, Senior Managing Director

International Vitamin Corporation (IVC)
Steven Dai, President and CEO


JP Morgan Chase Bank

Chris Gerardi, Executive Director of Middle Market Banking

Kaiser Permanente
Jodie Lesh, Senior Vice President, National Delivery System Strategy, Planning & Design

Kennedy Wilson
William McMorrow, Chairman + CEO

Avis Gibson, Executive Officer, Employee & Labor Relations

Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Dr. David Meyer, President + CEO

Los Angeles County Public Works Department
Mark Pestrella, Executive Director, Department of Public Works

Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board
Martha Molina-Aviles, Interim Executive Director

Los Angeles Rams
Maria Camacho, Government Affairs

Los Angeles World Airports
John Carver, Deputy Executive Director

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager

Nixon Peabody LLP
Seth Levy, Managing Partner

O’Connor Cochran LLP
Maura O’Connor, Partner, Past LAEDC Chair

O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Eric Zabinski, Partner

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
Goetz Wolff, Representative

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Dwayne Gathers, Representative

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Roberta Conroy, Representative

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn
Jayme S. Wilson, Representative

Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Chris Perry, Planning and Public Works Deputy

Plenary Group
Dale Bonner, Executive Chairman

Port of Long Beach
Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Chief Commercial Officer

Port of Los Angeles
Gene Seroka, Executive Director

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Mike Quindazzi, Managing Director

Southern California Edison
Kenneth Crebar, Director of Sales, Strategic Commercial/Industrial Segment

Southern California Gas Company
Ken Chawkins, Manager, Public Policy

State Farm Insurance Companies
Tom Conley, Senior Vice President

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
Jake Loftus, Of Counsel

Raymond Holdsworth, CEO + Co-Founder, Past LAEDC Chair

Turner Construction
Kevin Dow, Vice President + General Manager, SoCal

UCLA Extension
Wayne Smutz, Dean

Union Bank
Horacio “Fred” Mendez, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

Univision Communications, Inc.
Luis Patino, Senior Vice President & General Manager

US Bank
Rudy Medina, President, Southern California Market

Thomas Sayles, Senior Vice President

Watson Land Company
Jeffrey R. Jennison, President

Wells Fargo Bank
Kevin Gordon, Senior Vice President, Regional Manager for Middle Market Banking

Western States Petroleum Association
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President

Working Nation
Art Bilger, Founder and CEO


Board of Governors (LAEDC’s membership)

Alvarez & Marsal

Matt McCleary, Director of P3, Infrastructure, and Real Estate Advisory

American Business Bank
Wes Schaefer, Vice Chairman

Bank of China
Lixin Guo, Senior Vice President & General Manager

BYD Motors, Inc.
Stella Li, Chief Executive Officer

Cambridge Global Payments
Brian O’Rourke, FX Associate

Cathay Bank
Rex Hong, Senior VP, China Business Relationship Manager

Cerritos College
Belle Gomez, Director of Community Advancement

China Southern Airlines
JoJo Kang, Sales Director

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
Carl Davidson, Vice President, CCI Underwriting Manager

Cingular Staffing
Albert Gomez, President

Citibank, N.A.
James Alva, Senior Vice President & Southern CA Market Manager

Citrus College

City of Beverly Hills
Timothy Hou, Assistant-City Manger

City of Burbank
Mary Hamzoian, Economic Development Manager

City of Commerce
Alex Hamilton, Assistant Community Development Manager

City of Compton
Aja Brown, Mayor

City of Culver City
Todd Tipton, Redevelopment Administrator

City of Duarte
Craig Hensley, Director of Community Development

City of El Segundo
Barbara Voss, Economic Development Manager

City of Glendale
Darlene Sanchez, Principal Economic Development Officer

City of Industry
Paul Philips, City Manager

City of Irwindale
Gus Romo, Community Development Director

City of La Mirada
Jeff Boynton, City Manager

City of Lancaster
Vern Lawson, Economic Development Director

City of Lomita
Charles Felix, Special Projects Coordinator, Economic Development

City of Long Beach
Mark Taylor, Chief of Staff – Mayor Garcia

City of Monrovia
Mark Alvarado, Interim City Manager

City of Palmdale
Kari Blackburn, Senior Economic Development Manager

City of Pasadena
Eric Duyshart, Economic Development Manager

City of Pico Rivera
Julia Gonzalez, Community & Economic Development Deputy Director

City of Santa Fe Springs
Wayne Morrell, Principal Planner- Planning & Development

City of South Gate
Jorge Morales, Mayor

City of Torrance
Fran Fulton, Economic Development Manager

City of Vernon

City of West Hollywood
Maribel Louie, Interim Economic Development Manager

College of the Canyons
Jeffrey Forrest, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development

Community Development Commission of Los Angeles County
Corde Carrillo, Director, Economic and Housing Development Division

Compton College

Dale Dean, President

East Los Angeles College
Paul de la Cerda, Dean, Economic & Workforce Development

East West Bank
K.Y. Cheng, Executive Vice President, Director of International Trade Banking

El Camino College

Fisher & Phillips, LLP
Todd Scherwin, Managing Partner

Foley & Lardner, LLP
Diane Ung, Partner

John Adams, Managing Principal


Glendale Community College

Jan Swinton, Associate Dean, Instruction & Workforce Development

Gumbiner Savett, Inc.
Kevin Yardumian, Vice President

ICBC Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Alice Gao, SVP, Head of Commercial Banking

ISE Advisory Group, Inc.
Les Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Services
Genine Wilson, Region Manager

Jim Adams, Advisory Principal

Erik Rasmussen, Managing Director

L3 Technologies
Glenn Grindstaff, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles Community College District
Chito Cajayon, Vice Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development

Los Angeles Convention Center
Robert “Bud” Ovrom, Executive Director

Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning
Richard Bruckner, Director of Planning

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Business Affairs
Brian Stiger, Director

Los Angeles Mission College

Los Angeles Harbor College
Sandra Sanchez, Dean, Economic & Workforce Development

Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Leticia Barajas, Academic Affairs & Workforce Development

Los Angeles Valley College

Long Beach City College
Leah Goold-Haws, Director of Global Trade and Logistics

Loyola Marymount University
Grace Yao, Director of Community Relations

Meruelo Enterprises
Chris Christy, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development

Mt. San Antonio College

Newhall Land
Sandy Sanchez, Community Development Director

Northrop Grumman
John Murnane, Vice President, Global Operations

Paramount Pictures

Pasadena City College

Pepperdine University
Carson Bruno

Pierce College
Kathleen F. Burke, President

Rio Hondo College
Mike Slavich, Dean of Career Technical Education

Rider Levett Bucknall
Philip Mathur, Associate Principal – L.A. Office

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Grace Robinson Hyde, Chief Engineer + General Manager

Santa Monica College

Sony Pictures
Keith Weaver, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs

Space X
Lillian Haney, Community Outreach Manager

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
James Hsu, Partner

The Boeing Company
Mitra Novin, Manager, California Government Relations

United Airlines
Melinda Yee Franklin, Managing Director, Corporate & Government Affairs

Universal Technical Institute
Larry Hohl, Campus President, Long Beach

Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Gus Valdespino, President + CEO

Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
Gary Simon, Los Angeles and Orange County Area Manager

Vasquez & Company, LLC
Gilbert Vasquez, Managing Partner

Warner Bros Entertainment, Inc.
Michael Walbrecht, Vice President

Water Replenishment District of Southern California
Robert Katherman, Director

West Los Angeles College
Robert Sprague, Vice President, Academic Affairs

WET Design
Teresa Powell-Caldwell, Senior Vice President, Business and Project Development

WNB Commercial Bank
David Macdonald, Regional President

Works Application
Afshin Nahid, Senior Manager, Client Solutions

Zhuhai Commercial Service
Devorah Kaufman, Chief Representative, North America



LAEDC Affiliate Members
American Monorail, Inc.
BBVA Compass
Cannon Point Partners
Catalina Express
Export Portal
Hatch Spaces
Hospital Association of Southern California
International Trade Education Programs Inc.
LA Auto Show
LA / OC Regional Consortium
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Los Angeles Local Development Corporation
Otis College of Arts and Design
Zhuhai Commercial Service

LAEDC Strategic Partners
Asia Society of Southern California
British American Business Council
California Fashion Association
California Stewardship Network (CSN)
Central City Association and Downtown Center Business Improvement District
Japan America Society of Southern California
Japan Businesss Association
Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles
Southern California Biomedic

LAEDC Regional Economic Development Partners
Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA)
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation
The Valley Economic Alliance