As Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs, Kevin Reed oversees UCLA's provision of campus-wide legal services, counseling, advice, assistance and litigation. He also supervises the provision of ombuds services, the prevention of sexual harassment and compliance with Title IX. A civil rights lawyer by training, Reed joined UCLA in March 2008, after serving as general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation's second largest school district. In nearly five years there, he directed LAUSD legal affairs, conducted litigation for the district and oversaw the work of 40 outside law firms and 40 in-house attorneys. Prior to joining LAUSD, Reed spent nearly eight years in a boutique litigation firm, which followed six years as the managing attorney for the western regional office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Los Angeles.
Reed's career has engaged him in a broad range of legal issues — from authoring billions of dollars in voter-approved school bond measures, to defending the use of a probabilistic seismic hazard model to estimate earthquake losses, to election law, to employment, labor and government law. He led collective bargaining at LAUSD and was a principal architect of a pathbreaking "pilot school" agreement with the LAUSD teacher's union. His career has focused on constitutional issues and civil rights, from his days litigating police abuse and housing discrimination cases to his work with the school district's historic efforts to relieve overcrowding at schools in low-income neighborhoods, to his current work advising the UCLA senior leadership in their efforts to foster diversity and create opportunities for underrepresented minorities in one of the nation's premier public universities. Reed remains committed to public education, serving on the Board of Directors of ExED, an organization dedicated to helping launch and professionally manage public charter schools and the Local Advisory Board of Education Pioneers, a national group focused on fostering professional talent for public education management. He also serves as one of UCLA's representatives on the governing council of the UCLA Community School, a parent- and teacher-led LAUSD pilot school in the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools Complex.
Reed received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A. with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the California, New York and Massachusetts state bars.
Brad Rosenberg is a successful businessman who has always worked to give back to the community. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Rosenberg has created and managed a variety of businesses - ranging from manufacturing, real estate development, management and commercial services. Since 1990, he has been president of SBR Investments, Inc., a real estate and investment company. He has used this business expertise to aid several philanthropic and non-profit organizations become more effective in their missions.
Since 2008, Mr. Rosenberg has served as Chairman of the Board Imagine LA, developing a framework for a business model that achieves the non-profits’ mission and goals to help homeless families into long-term housing and self-sufficiency. Under Mr. Rosenberg’s leadership, the number of families served by Imagine LA has increased dramatically.
Mr. Rosenberg currently sits on the Board of Directors of Green Dot Public Schools, serving in several capacities including Chairman of the Development Committee and Secretary of the Board of Directors. Since 1967, he has served as a member of the board of Trustees for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles/Camp Max Straus where he had also served as Interim Executive Director and Chairman. He was founding Chairman of Save-Our-Mountains and Glendale/ La Crescenta V.O.I.C.E., both groups organized to protect local wilderness recreational areas.
Noah Mamet founded his business and political consulting firm, Noah Mamet & Associates LLC, in 2004 after seven years as National Finance Director for the House Democratic Leader, Congressman Richard A. Gephardt. Over the last eight years, Mr. Mamet has overseen expansion of the firm to include offices in San Francisco and New York and is a private consultant for business and political affairs to numerous companies, families and individuals. He is also an unpaid advisor and fundraiser to numerous Democratic political campaigns, including Presidential, Senate, House and Gubernatorial races. Between 1995 and 2002, Mr. Mamet led efforts for Leader Gephardt to raise over $238 million for Democratic congressional campaigns, committees and other political groups. Mr. Mamet has over 20 years of development and fundraising experience and has worked directly for numerous national and international political leaders, including Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, President Mikhail Gorbachev, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. He has also consulted for numerous top business executives, including Elon Musk, Russell Goldsmith, Casey Wasserman, Marc Nathanson, Leo Hindery, Haim Saban, Berry Gordy, Chris Silbermann and Walter Shorenstein, among many others.
Mr. Mamet's charitable work includes his role as an active board member for the LA-based Green Dot Public Schools, which is the largest public charter school operator in CA and a leading catalyst for education reform nationwide. In addition, Mr. Mamet is a board member of NatureBridge, a national nonprofit organization which teaches math and science to underprivileged kids through an innovative approach, including field trips to national and state parks. A graduate of UCLA, Mr. Mamet has been a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the National Jewish Democratic Council (MDC) as well as the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Commission.
Paul Miller - Senior Advisor at LAUSD
Paul Miller is a Program and Policy Development Specialist in the Human Resources Department of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Paul Miller joined LAUSD after serving as Chair of the transition team for Superintendent John Deasy. Prior to joining LAUSD Paul Miller served Teach For America as Executive Director of the Los Angeles region from 2009-2011. Under his leadership Teach For America- Los Angeles teachers achieved the highest teacher effectiveness results in Teach For America- Los Angeles' 20 year history. Paul Miller came to Teach For America after spending the previous two years leading economic development efforts in Camden, New Jersey, first as President of the Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association, and subsequently, as President of the Board of Directors and Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Camden Empowerment Zone Corporation. Paul has worked and studied in the UK, earning a Master of Science at the London School of Economics and pursuing a Ph.D. in International Studies at Cambridge University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Psychology and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Paul is also a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, a Truman Scholarship and a Galbraith Scholarship. Paul currently serves as a member of the Green Dot Public Schools Board of Directors and a member of the Loyola Marymount University School of Education Board of Visitors.
Ref Rodriguez - President and CEO of Partners for Developing Futures
Ref Rodriguez is President and CEO of Partners for Developing Futures (Partners). Partners is a social venture investment and technical assistance provider that targets high-potential, early-stage minority-led charter schools and charter school networks that serve underserved students. Prior to joining Partners, Ref was Co-Chief Executive Officer of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC), a charter school management organization serving communities in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and Northeast Los Angeles. During his tenure, PUC developed 10 schools and became a well-regarded charter management organization in California. Ref's original inspiration for starting a charter school was to offer high quality learning experiences for youth in the predominantly Latino working class community where he grew up. His outrage for being considered "fortunate" for having graduated from college because of his socio-economic background is what drives him to create and support schools where college graduation is an expectation for all. He currently serves on the Boards of Partnerships to Uplift Communities, Green Dot Public Schools, Education Pioneers-Los Angeles, and the Alliance for a Better Community.
Peter Scranton - Venture Entrepreneur
Peter Scranton has been developing early stage venture companies including an entrepreneurial venture partnership in retail marketing and a business service company dedicated to building employee engagement and productivity. Prior to developing venture opportunities, Mr. Scranton worked on client strategy, capital development, community assessment and feasibility and development planning for healthcare and science projects focusing on university and research institutions for Jensen + Partners, a project and construction management firm specializing in large scale institutional facilities in the healthcare, science and technology sectors.
Mr. Scranton was a principle in the Atlantic Advisory Group concentrating on strategic alliances, process management and raising capital for high tech and internet companies. He has been involved with digital content, online financial services and wireless initiatives. Previously, Mr. Scranton developed a company that provided policy analysis via the Web and advised edutainment companies, based on more than a decade of experience in the entertainment industry.
Mr. Scranton has been instrumental in program development in the non-profit field from conferences for the Council on Foundations to programming for several non-profit organizations.
As chairman of a private foundation and an international non-profit organization, Mr. Scranton initiated and developed strategic planning, organizational systems, capital planning and capital development. He earned an M.A.O.M from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Bradley Tabach-Bank - General Counsel, RP Realty Partners
Bradley Tabach-Bank has been practicing law in Los Angeles since 1970 and currently splits his time between RP Realty Partners where he is in-house General Counsel and Beverly Loan Company which he owns with his son. Prior to joining RP in 2005, Mr. Tabach-Bank, was Of Counsel to Reish, Luftman, Reicher & Cohen from 2003 to 2005. From 1982 to 2003, Mr. Tabach-Bank was a principal of the law firm Tabach- Bank & Levenstein.
Mr. Tabach-Bank was named a Real Estate Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Mr. Tabach-Bank has served on a number of charitable and educational boards and committees, including UCLA Live (Executive Committee), Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services (former Chair), Hebrew Union College, University of Southern California's Center for the Study of Jews in American Life, Jewish Federation Committee for Support of the Vulnerable, and the Israel Cancer Research Fund, which honored him as its Humanitarian of the Year in 2005. Mr. Tabach-Bank was also honored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in 2007. Mr. Tabach-Bank holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University Law School.
Mr. Tabach-Bank was born and raised in Los Angeles.
Gilbert Vasquez - Managing Partner, Vasquez & Company, LLP
Mr. Gilbert R. Vasquez is the Managing Partner of the certified public accounting firm of Vasquez & Company LLP. Since 1967, he has managed and directed a successful practice in public accounting, auditing, taxation, and financial consulting. Mr. Vasquez was a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee in the Central District of California, handling in excess of 3,000 bankruptcy cases annually. He has also served as a Chapter 11 Trustee, a Bankruptcy Examiner and a Receiver.
Mr. Vasquez is recognized as a prominent Certified Public Accountant, community leader and entrepreneur. He is a member in good standing with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. He is a past president of the California Board of Accountancy, the organization that licenses and regulates CPAs in California. He was the founder and past president of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) – the most successful professional Latino association in the United States of America. He currently sits on its Corporate Advisory Board. Mr. Vasquez was an executive board member of the 1984 Olympic Organizing Committee and currently serves as a board member on its successor organization, the LA84 Foundation.
Mr. Vasquez also continues to serve as a board member of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Manufacturers Bank, Promerica Bank, and Entravision Communications Corporation. He is also the Vice Chairman and one of the founding board members of the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles. He has been a member of various Boards of Directors including the California State University Los Angeles Foundation, United Way of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCA, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, and the National Council of La Raza. Other past corporate board appointments include Verizon (formerly) GTE of California, Glendale Federal Bank and Blue Cross of California.
Mr. Vasquez has received many honors including: the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Achievement Award, the Coca Cola Golden Hammer Award, and the Citizen of the Year by the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also received recognition from the California State University of Los Angeles as one of the 40 outstanding luminaries for his exemplary service to the University on their 40th Anniversary and the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles’ Golden Book of Distinguished Service Award – the highest honor the YMCA bestows. Mr. Vasquez received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Accounting from the California State University, Los Angeles.
Timothy Wahl - Faculty Member, Cal State Northridge
Timothy Wahl has more than 40 years’ experience as an attorney specializing in banking and finance, business law and compliance issues in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Wahl currently serves as a faculty member at California State University at Northridge teaching an advanced course in business law.
Prior to this, he was a consultant to a private equity firm and earlier, served Fidelity Capital Market Services as Vice President for Capital Markets compliance. Previously, Mr. Wahl was General Counsel for Citigroup Capital Strategies and earlier served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for First Nationwide Bank and General Counsel for Citigroup’s consumer bank.
His background includes the position of senior attorney at several U.S. government agencies, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, the Justice Department and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Mr. Wahl also serves on the Board of Directors for Green Dot Public Schools. Mr. Wahl earned a B.A. from Villanova University, an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a law degree from California Western School of Law.
Larry Wasserman - CFO, DreamWorks Studios
Since 2008, Larry Wasserman has served as Chief Financial Officer for DreamWorks Studios overseeing all financial activities and several divisions of the independent film studio. He previously served DreamWorks as a Vice President/Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations and Divisional CFO after the company’s acquisition by Viacom. He also developed and implemented new processes and procedures for film green lighting, project spending tracking, and strategic planning as part of integration with Paramount Pictures and Viacom.
Previously, Mr. Wasserman was Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning, Motion Picture Group for Universal Studios where he constructed complex financial models for new film projects, joint ventures, distribution platforms, technologies and film financing by outside investors.
Mr. Wasserman graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental science and public policy, June 1997. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.
Denita Willoughby - Vice President of External Affairs, Southern California Gas Company
Denita Willoughby was named regional vice president of external affairs at Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in November 2012. She leads the company’s community relations, public affairs and media and employee communications efforts. SoCalGas is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility serving over 20 million consumers through 5.8 million gas meters in more than 500 communities.
Previously, Willoughby was with AT&T for more than 15 years. As vice president of external affairs, she and her team managed all local municipal, regulatory, legislative and philanthropic initiatives in the greater Los Angeles area, AT&T’s largest market. Willoughby’s other roles at AT&T included vice president of TV Programming, vice president of business sales, and executive director for business sales and service centers. Willoughby also held positions at SBC, Pacific Bell, Morgan Stanley and IBM. She is an experienced executive with extensive p&l, leadership and sales experience.
Named by the California Diversity Magazine as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in California, Willoughby has a master's degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She serves on the boards of Green Dot Public Schools, California Institute of the Arts, Vision to Learn, and UNITE LA. She is an education advocate and enjoys mentoring young professionals.
Ms. Willoughby resides in Los Angeles, and is married with two sons. She practices Bikram Yoga, and enjoys reading and skiing.
Jess Womack - Attorney, former Inspector General to LAUSD
Jess Womack, an attorney, most recently served as Inspector General of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest public school district in the United States. Previously, Mr. Womack assisted the LAUSD’s General Counsel in handling substantive matters for the office and assumed the duties of the General Counsel in his absence. He also served as an Associate General Counsel II and team leader for the LAUSD’s Facilities Program, where he managed the legal team in the Office of the General Counsel that supports the LAUSD’s $18 billion school construction and modernization program.
Prior to joining LAUSD in 2002, Mr. Womack enjoyed a 30-year legal career with the Ford Motor Company and the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO), where he managed the Environmental Law Department. Womack retired from ARCO in 2000. He has an extensive background in litigation, environmental law, labor law, administrative law and school construction law. Mr. Womack has also served as General Counsel for the Los Angeles Community Development Bank.
Mr. Womack is active in a number of organizations. He is Vice President of the Los Angeles Conservancy, on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute, a member of the Board of Trustees of Albion College, a member of the Advisory Board of the California Lawyer legal journal and past President of the American Corporate Counsel Association.
Mr. Womack received his B.A. from Albion College in Albion, Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and served in the United States Army as a Platoon Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.