LAEDC is effective because of the leadership of our members. Please take a moment to meet the individuals below!
Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President, CSUN
LAEDC Vice Chair
Steven A. Nissen, Senior Vice President / Legal & Government Affairs, NBCUniversal
Steve Nissen is Senior Vice President of Legal & Government Affairs at NBCUniversal. In that capacity, he is primarily responsible for developing and coordinating for the company a comprehensive state and local government agenda, including anti-piracy, intellectual property protection, tax, digital, broadcast, film production, land use and government compliance. In addition to his responsibilities at NBCUniversal, for 2014 Mr. Nissen is Chair of the Board of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, FilmLA and the Central City Association. He also serves on the Executive Committees of the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where he was honored as Chamber Board Member of the Year for 2013.
Immediate Past Chair
Eric Rowen, Principal Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Eric Rowen focuses his practice on litigation involving real estate, real estate financing, commercial real estate leasing, real estate related bankruptcies, and trusts holding vast real estate assets. Mr. Rowen has tremendous experience with litigation and pre-litigation counseling involving securitized loan portfolios, bond financings, loan and loan portfolio workouts and restructurings, construction financing, partnership and joint venture disputes, complex eminent domain, lease disputes, entitlements (including CEQA), title issues, title insurance, and real property related environmental matters (such as federal and state superfund and private cost recovery actions). He has extensive bench and jury trial, law and motion and deposition experience in matters handled by federal (including bankruptcy), state, and appellate courts, and via arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution arenas.
Past LAEDC Chairs include
2019/2019 Eric Rowen, Principal Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
2017/2018 Jodie Lesh, SVP, National Delivery System Strategy, Planning and Design at Kaiser Permanente
2016/2017 Chris Martin, CEO and Chairman of AC Martin and Martin Project Management
2015/2016 Praful Kulkarni, founding partner of gkk works
2014/2015 Raul A. Anaya, President, Bank of America – Greater Los Angeles Region
2013/2014 Lew Horne, President, CBRE Inc., Greater Los Angeles and Orange County Region
2012/ 2013 Christopher Carey, Chief Financial Officer, City National Bank
2011/ 2012 Robert Hertzberg, California State Senator and former Speaker of the California State Assembly
2010/2011 Maura O’Connor, O’Connor Cochran LLP
2009/2010 Lloyd Greif, USC Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies