Marlene Canter, overwhelmingly elected twice to the Los Angeles City Board of Education, served as Board Member for District 4 from 2001 to 2009 and as President from 2005 to 2007. The Los Angeles Business Journal named her Woman Executive of the Year in 2006 for her leadership of the Board. In 2008, the League of Women Voters presented her with their Government Leadership Award. In 2009, Ms. Canter received the Educator of the Year award from Loyola Marymount University's School of Education. During her tenure on the LAUSD Board, Ms. Canter made teacher quality and children's health and well-being her top priorities. She authored resolutions to ban the sale of soft drinks and junk food in LAUSD schools — which passed in 2002 and 2003, respectively — making LAUSD the first large urban district in the nation to approve such bans. California and many other districts have since adopted similar nutrition reforms.
Ms. Canter was willing to take on controversial issues and authored successful resolutions calling for increased scrutiny in teacher evaluations, the granting of tenure and changes to the state Education Code governing the certificated employee dismissal process. She now sits on the LAUSD Teacher Quality Task Force and will play a role in developing recommendations for legislative changes regarding teacher dismissals and seniority, strategies for implementing a merit pay system and improving the teacher evaluation process. Ms. Canter chaired the Board's Charters and Innovation Committee, a new committee she conceived to help drive school and District transformation. The Committee supports the District's efforts to create innovative partnerships, provide oversight for charter schools, and to facilitate reforms in the District. Drawing on her 30-year career as co-CEO of a successful teacher training company, Ms. Canter also created the Board's Human Resources Committee. The committee, which she chaired for 4 years, oversaw impressive improvement in the recruitment of highly qualified teachers. Ninety-four percent of the District's new hires now meet the State's definition of highly qualified compared to 64 percent of new hires in 2002/03.
Ms. Canter began her career in education as a special education teacher at Alta Loma Elementary School. She went on to co-found and serve as the co-CEO of Canter & Associates, now Laureate Education, Inc. The company became one of the world's leading teacher-training organizations and trained more than 1 million K-12 teachers worldwide. It developed an extensive catalogue of professional development programs, distance learning graduate courseware and resource materials for teachers, administrators, and parents. Ms. Canter sat on State Superintendent Jack O'Connell's P-16 Council and on the Board of Directors for her alma mater, Pacific Oaks College. She is also an advisor to the Children's Partnership, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan child advocacy organization. Ms. Canter also has served on the Boards of Directors for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Kehillath Israel Synagogue of Pacific Palisades.
Ms. Canter has two children. Nikky graduated with her MBA at Kellogg College at Northwestern in Chicago and is working in the area of social responsibility. Her son Joshua, lives with his wife Kristin and new baby Jaya in Asheville, North Carolina and also in Costa Rica. He runs community service travel tours in Costa Rica and is pursuing his MA in psychology. They are both involved in work that helps make the world a better place.
Kevin Reed – Board Vice Chairman, Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs at UCLA
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 - Board Secretary, Chairman of Imagine L.A.
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.
Mr. Rosenberg holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and a MBA in Finance from the University of Southern California.
Jon Goodman - President, Town Hall Los Angeles
Jon Goodman, currently President of Town Hall Los Angeles, has occupied several leadership positions in projects designed to strengthen the Los Angeles region, as well as in academia and business outside of California. Under her leadership, Town Hall Los Angeles has once more become the venue of choice for world leaders in business, politics and culture. Since becoming President in 2005, the number of Town Hall events has risen more than 300% with a comparable audience increase; its podium has been the medium for major policy addresses from US Senators to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies.
As Director of the EC2 Incubator at University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center, Goodman built and led the nation’s first new media incubator. Before founding EC2, she was the Director of the Entrepreneur Program at USC where she led it to the top-five national rankings. In that position, she developed the first entrepreneurial programs in South Los Angeles High Schools including Rosemead High School, Downey High School and Manual Arts High School. Goodman created the first direct business assistance program in South Los Angeles—The University Community Outreach Program/Business Expansion Network. She was a Founding Director of the Digital Coast Roundtable, has served as the Chair of the Los Angeles Venture Forum, and is currently a board member of Sage Publications, Inc, and Green Dot Public Schools.
Before relocation to Los Angeles, Goodman served as research professor and founder/Director of the University of Houston/Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center at the Bauer College of Business Administration, Strategy and Microeconomics from the University of Georgia.
Throughout her career, she has been consistently recognized as an innovative, creative and committed leader. She was selected by Wired magazine as one of the 20 people in the nation who will help form the future of the entertainment industry and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 10 most influential people on the region’s technology business.
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 principal 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.
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.
Salina Joiner - President, Asociacion de Maestros Unidos (AMU)
Salina is currently the president of AMU, the teacher’s and counselor’s union that contracts with Green Dot Public Schools, where she serves as a mediator between members and administrators to resolve site issues.
Salina joined Green Dot in 2007 as a Special Education teacher at Animo Jackie Robinson High School. Before coming to Green Dot, she was a Research Assistant at Families Against Mandatory Minimums and an Assistant Director at College Summit. She still works as a Youth Facilitator for College Summit, facilitating workshops for first generation college students, teaching them how to write personal statements, complete financial aid applications, build leadership skills and select colleges that best fit their personal profile.
Salina earned her Masters of Special Education with a Cross-cultural Emphasis from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2005