Albert Lemus earned a bachelor of arts in history from UCLA in 1991 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1997.
Lemus is a senior vice president in the Real Estate Group for Lowe Enterprises, Inc., responsible for expanding the organization’s mixed use, public-private partnerships and redevelopment in urban markets. He oversees investment opportunities through the Lowe California Community Fund and New Markets Tax Credits. Previously, he co-founded and was senior vice president of Telscape Communications, a national telecommunications firm.
In addition, Lemus is active in his community, serving on the Burbank Little League Board, Campbell Hall School Diversity Committee and the Burbank American Youth Soccer Organization.
As a UCLA undergraduate, Lemus was active in the Latino Business Association and Barrio Youth Alternative. A long-standing member of the UCLA Bruin Caucus, Lemus currently serves on the Bruin Caucus Council, the group’s steering committee. Lemus also participated in the UCLA Anderson School Riordan Fellows Program in 1994. He participates in UCLA Alumni Association programs such as Dinners for 12 Strangers and served on the UCLA Alumni Marketing Committee.
Christine N. Simmons is President & Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Sparks. As one of the founding WNBA teams, this iconic franchise has two championships, as well as the most playoff appearances in the WNBA.
Simmons brings over a decade of leadership experience in creating strategic alliances, leading business development and driving corporate initiatives to the role, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). As President & COO, she directs and coordinates all aspects of the team’s business operations including ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, game operations, public relations, community relations and finance. In her role as Executive Vice President with MJE, Simmons led the day-to-day operations of the Sparks throughout the team’s first season under the ownership group led by Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mark R. Walter.
Simmons’ background includes working with most of the Fortune 500 including major brands such as NBCUniversal and Disney, to create synergistic partnerships between those corporations and the business community nationally. Diversity and empowerment have always been true passions for her as she led Supplier Diversity for NBCUniversal ensuring that diverse communities have opportunities to compete for business with the corporation.
Simmons graduated from UCLA and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of the UCLA Alumni Association. She has also serves on the USC Supplier Diversity Advisory Council & the Advisory Committee of Better Futures for Thomazeau (a non-profit organization that creates jobs and lends aid to Haiti). Simmons has earned a number of honors, including Alumnus of the Year 2012 by the UCLA Black Alumni Association, as well as the Top 25 Women of Power Impacting Diversity by DiversityPlus magazine and the Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles. She was also named Woman of the Year 2010 by the National Association of Professional Women.
Ruthie Flores Retana, as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Rio Hondo College, has more than 14 years of experience in communications, public relations and community outreach with a demonstrated track record of developing and implementing strategic marketing campaigns, strategic direction, community engagement, and building a broad coalition of partners. Retana is an advocate for equal and affordable access to higher education by fusing her degrees in mass communications from UCLA and theological studies from Harvard University where she focused on liberation theology and social justice.
Retana’s previous experience includes being the associate director of public relations and marketing at Long Beach City College, and spearheading two national campaigns and a place-based health initiative. In these leadership roles, she advanced each organization by directing the development and implementation of internal and external communications including social media; serving as the spokesperson for English and Spanish-language media; developing partnerships with state and local allies, policy leaders and funders; and delivering keynote speeches in urban cities and for state task forces, such as the mayor of San Antonio’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and Healthy Futures Alliance.
Retana is a director of the UCLA Alumni Association Board and an advisory board member for the Girls Inc. Latina Initiative. She is an alumna of the HOPE Leadership Institute and Southern California Leadership, Class XIII.
During her free time, Retana enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, traveling, and running with her dog. She has completed marathons in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Retana is the co-author of the travel guide book Let’s Go Mexico. Let’s Go Mexico.
Irwin Golds is a second generation Bruin and a founding member of The Desert Network (formerly the UCLA Club of the Desert). After graduating from UCLA, Golds received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law in 1981 and thereafter became a partner in the law firm Best, Best & Krieger.
In 1994, Golds founded the law firm Criste, Pippin & Golds, and the same year he founded the real estate brokerage firm Fred Sands Desert Realty, which he sold to Coldwell Banker in 2003.
Golds was a founder of a state chartered bank. He was also a board member of a national bank, where in 2009 he received regulatory approval to serve as interim president, a position he held until 2010 when a permanent president was appointed. He is currently the owner and CEO of Capitis Real Estate, a real estate brokerage and investment company pursuing real estate opportunities in the Coachella Valley.
Golds serves on several charitable boards in the Coachella Valley, including the Desert Community Foundation. He and his family (Connie ’80; Kerry, UPenn ’09; Aaron, Georgetown ’11; and Jordan, UChicago ’13) are avid Bruin fans, who dislike anything USC and have attended Bruin Woods for more than 20 years.
Lisa Greer Quateman received her Bachelor of Arts in French (1974) from the University of California, Los Angeles graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctor in 1978 from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.
Lisa is Managing Partner for the Los Angeles office of Polsinelli, one of the nation’s largest law firms. Polsinelli is a full-service firm with more than 740 attorneys in 19 offices spanning the country from Los Angeles to New York. Previously Lisa founded and served as managing partner of Quateman LLP until its acquisition by Polsinelli in July 2011, and as a partner at the international law firm Dentons.
She serves as outside counsel for numerous large and middle market companies, financial institutions and governmental entities. Her practice encompasses transactional and advisory work in the fields of finance, real estate, banking, securities, international transactions and municipal and corporate law.
In addition to being a Board Member of the UCLA Alumni Association, Lisa serves on the Advisory Board of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, and the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the Southern California Leadership Network. She has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region, and as President of Commercial Real Estate Women – Los Angeles.
Lisa has been named one of Los Angeles’ Top 100 Attorneys and recognized as a “Woman Making a Difference” by the Los Angeles Business Journal, is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been selected as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” and “Best Lawyer” numerous times. In 2013 the Los Angeles Daily Journal included Lisa on its list of California’s Top 30 Real Estate Attorneys. The Century City Chamber of Commerce gave Lisa its “Women of Achievement Award,” and Commercial Real Estate Women – Los Angeles honored Lisa with its “Woman at The Top” award.
Lisa and her husband Neil enjoy living in Westwood near campus.
Phil Bangayan ’94, M.S. ’96 has grown businesses for over 15 years through marketing, finance and engineering roles. Currently as Director at NBCUniversal, he heads a marketing team that increased annual pass revenue by 20 percent. Previously doing finance at The Walt Disney Company, Bangayan wrote the business plan for Mickey’s Halloween Treat, generating over $1 million. As an engineer, he co-authored over a dozen publications and secured $250,000 in grant funding. Bangayan uses this diverse skillset to build consensus among teams.
Bangayan’s UCLA volunteering activities include evaluating talent as Alumni Scholarship chair, developing potential through the Alumni Mentor Program and building presence as the inaugural UCLA Athletics webmaster. In the larger community, he has taken board and executive committee positions at the MIT Club of Southern California, the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum and the Los Angeles Business Technology Center to support technological entrepreneurship.
Bangayan holds both a B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He lives in Southern California with his wife Marian and their children. In his spare time, he follows UCLA’s quest for banner 12.
Mitra M. Best graduated from UCLA with a degree in Computer Science and Linguistics and is currently the U.S. Innovation Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where she leads the disciplined approach to inspire and advance innovative ideas around developing new business models, platforms, and market opportunities that extend the boundaries of professional services.
She leads teams that co-create solutions across the organization and through prototyping, leveraging emerging technologies and applying agile methodologies, aspire to shape the future of PwC and its clients.
A major part of Ms Best’s effort is focused on promoting an idea-driven culture — top-down and bottom-up — where actionable ideas and entrepreneurial thinking are not only supported, but rewarded. Through fostering this mindset, Ms. Best has helped reinvent the culture at PwC – making it clear that big ideas don’t only start in the boardroom, but instead can come from anywhere and from anyone.
As a thought leader in innovation, Ms Best takes an active role in contributing to and shaping conversation in this space. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences, promoting innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, education, and public/private partnerships.
In addition to serving on the board of UCLA Alumni Association, Ms Best serves on the boards of Start-Up UCLA, Colorado Innovation Network, University of Pennsylvania Advisory Council, American Heart Association Go Red For Women, Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Innovation & Industry, and Facing History & Ourselves.
Dave Crawford graduated from UCLA with a degree in mechanical engineering and is currently an Executive R&D Imagineer with Walt Disney Imagineering, Research & Development Inc. The R&D team is a forward looking, technical/creative group that is focused on developing new tools, technologies, and entertainment that will enable innovative experiences for Disney guests 5-10 years in the future. He is responsible for multiple departments that include Creative Development, Environmental/Sustainability, and Producing, where he leads cross-discipline teams that generate new ideas for the creative use and application of technical systems while focusing development and prototype efforts on optimum solutions. Crawford is a certified professional engineer and has more than 50 utility patents or pending applications.
A creative leader with a strong background in innovative engineering and problem-solving, Crawford thrives in cross-discipline and diverse environments. He is a positive and optimistic leader who learns from those around him and loves finding ways to achieve things others say are impossible.
Crawford has participated in a variety of UCLA volunteer opportunities, including the Nominations Subcommittee, Awards Selection Committee, and Alumni Mentor Program. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and two sons and enjoys woodworking, scuba diving, and home tech projects that make it overly complicated for his family to do simple things like turn on the TV or make a phone call.
Erin Griffin received her bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA in 2002. She also earned an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 2009.
Currently, Griffin is the chief information officer (CIO) for the Screen Actors Guild, where she serves on the strategic senior management team and oversees technology-related operations.
Previously, Griffin served as vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Loyola Marymount University, where she transformed IT operations from an underperforming outsourced division to an award-winning technical support team. She worked in a similar capacity at St. John’s College and at the U.S. Naval Academy. She has lived and worked in Germany, Japan and Italy, serving in both diplomatic and professional roles with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Navy overseas.
Griffin’s key areas of expertise include global IT operations; aligning IT and business; uniting diverse stakeholders around a common goal; leveraging next-generation technology; and leading turnaround initiatives to accelerate growth, resolve business challenges and improve operational performance. In 2007, she was awarded both the CIO 100 Award and the CIO Decisions Leadership Award.
In addition to her service to the Alumni Association, Griffin is active on the boards of the UCLA Anderson School IS Associates and the Society for Information Management.
Ali Haeri is a marketing professional, currently serving as vice president of marketing at MakersKit.
Previously, Haeri oversaw digital marketing at EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network funded by the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company. There, his marketing and communications initiatives helped grow EdgeCast into the fastest growing Internet company in America, and a subsequent acquisition by Verizon, where he served as manager of marketing and communications.
Prior to Verizon and EdgeCast, Haeri founded and sold CPA Mark, a NASBA-certified marketing startup targeting public accountants. In 2008, he worked as an online marketing manager at ADD Marketing + Advertising, a renowned Hollywood-based advertising agency, working on campaigns for such companies as Ford, Sony/SCEA, Warner Bros. and Guitar Center.
As a musician, Haeri has produced hit records and performed as a DJ internationally. He signed his first record deal to the UK’s Innovate Recordings as a teenager. While a student at UCLA, he was the head producer of a nationally syndicated radio show featuring music personality DJ Spinderella of the music group Salt-n-Pepa.
Haeri is a volunteer at the Mattel Children’s Hospital, and served a term on the UCLA Fund’s Young Alumni Development Council. As an undergraduate, he was a sports contributor to the Daily Bruin.
Haeri received his B.A. in English, and is currently completing his M.S. in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. He is a UCLA football season ticketholder and the second Bruin in his family.
Derek Hu is currently based in Shanghai, China as a partner and the Greater China country manager of Eric Salmon & Partners, a leading executive search firm. With more than 17 years experience in executive search, he has set up the operations in Greater China, and places key executives in the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to Eric Salmon & Partners, Hu comes from some of the top U.S. search & consulting firms. In which he has led the China operations including AT Kearney Executive Search. He was previously the Head of Human Resource Asia Pacific for Icon Medialab, playing a key role in building this leading European technology consulting firm based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Hu has a rich experience from the U.S. prior toucls moving to Asia.
He grew up in the United States and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English Literature from UCLA. During his time in UCLA, hu was very active in Student Government as a USAC General Representative as well as being involved with the American Chinese Association. Both Derek and his family have a strong connection with UCLA, as his mother Myriam, had worked in UCLA’s medical center.
In addition to serving on the board of UCLA Alumni Association, Hu serves as a China board member for Teach for China, a nonprofit foundation which helps China’s young people to get access to a quality education. More than 93,000 students in underdeveloped regions in China have been impacted.
Nike Irvin leads the California Community Foundation’s (CCF) programs team, responsible for more than $14 million in annual grants that provide core operating support to priority program areas such as the arts, education and health care. She also leads three special initiative teams: Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM), the El Monte Community Building Initiative, and Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow. Her areas of expertise include capacity building, branding, and program development and implementation.
Before joining CCF, Irvin served as president of the Riordan Foundation for seven years and as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and in consulting numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations and charitable arms of for-profit companies. She has extensive private sector marketing experience as well, for Nestlé USA and the Pepsi Cola Company.
A native of Los Angeles, Irvin serves on several boards of directors and is a trustee for the Riordan Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She received a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University and was named one of the 100 Most Inspirational Alumni by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she earned an M.B.A. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly.
Michael Jedlicka started UCLA in 1973, living in the Dykstra Hall dormitory for his first two years “on the hill”. In addition to his role in support of on-campus health services, Michael was also an employee of ASUCLA, part of the inaugural Kerckhoff Hall Coffee House crew (1976). Michael completed UCLA in 1978 with a B.A. in Economics also completing the Pre-Med/Pre-Dental curriculum, thereby experiencing UCLA from both the “north” and the “south” campuses. Michael also has a B.S. in Computer Science from California State University East Bay (1985), where he was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2014, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management (1990).
Michael remains actively involved in various UCLA alumni activities including “Entertainment Networking Night”, “Interview a Bruin”, “Mentor a Bruin” and numerous other ASC and SAA events. Additionally, Michael graduated from the Alumni Academy in 2008, and has been an Alumni Mentor to dozens of Bruin undergraduate and graduate students over the past 10+ years.
Michael is in his 20th year at The Walt Disney Studios, overseeing the following Studio-wide technology departments: post production engineering & infrastructure, motion picture production support, sound engineering, and AV engineering. Michael has over 40+ years experience in technology management, animation production technology, visual effects production technology, and post production. Prior to his current role at Disney, Michael worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he oversaw technology teams spanning four animation Studios. Michael’s Disney animation credits include titles such as Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Atlantis, Dinosaur, The Emperor’s New Groove, Treasure Planet, Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Chicken Little and Meet the Robinsons. Michael’s visual effects credits include films such as Reign of Fire, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Mission to Mars, Kangaroo Jack and Unbreakable, and most recently, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Michael’s wife, Angie, is also a Bruin (class of ’78, B.S. in Kinesiology); the Jedlicka’s met as undergrads and, between dating and marriage, this is their 38th year together. Angie has been with the Kaiser-Permanente Medical Group in Los Angeles for over 33+ years as a Physical Therapist. The Jedlickas currently reside in Burbank, California, where they’ve lived since 1999. They have two daughters: Catherine and Sarah. Catherine graduated from UC Berkeley (Class of 2010) majoring in both Legal Studies and Mass Communications, and just completed her Juris Doctorate at the Univ. of Oregon School of Law (Class of 2013), where she was also Student Body President. Catherine recently passed the OR BAR and is currently clerking for a judge in downtime Eugene. Sarah just completed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley (Class of 2013), majoring in Political Economy. Sarah recently completed the Disney College Program at Disneyland, and is currently looking for her next job.
Craig Kaplan grew up in Los Gatos, Calif., and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. Despite its proximity, he refused to consider CAL as a college choice and was accepted into UCLA in the fall of 1990. In his senior year, Craig had a premonition that UCLA men’s basketball would win a national title and extended his undergraduate career through winter quarter of 1995 to experience this joy as a student.
Kaplan has worked with several start-up companies, initially in operations for quality assurance service providers improving technology products and preparing them for public release. He moved into sales in 1999 and currently hires, trains and manages the 18-person business development team for EdgeCast Networks. EdgeCast Networks provides content delivery network services to enable the highest performing web delivery for websites simultaneously through an infrastructure of 22 global data centers.
Kaplan previously served on the ASUCLA Board of Directors as the Alumni Association representative. In 2001, he married Madeline Biesty ’95, who was elected USAC facilities commissioner and president of Alpha Phi, and became a Coro Fellow post-graduation. Craig and Madeline have three children: J.T. ’29 (Communications), Jonny Rufus ’31 (Mechanical Engineering) and Casey Meghan ’33 (Political Science).
Shirley “Sally” Lew is an organization management professional with more than 35 years of experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and primary and secondary school (public, private and institutional) settings. With nearly 20 years of experience in private and family philanthropy, Lew has designed, developed and implemented grant-making programs, strategies and initiatives for various foundations on the local, regional and state levels. She has supervised teams responsible for grantee convenings and events and provided on-the-ground logistical support for a national foundation.
Currently, Lew works as a foundation administrator at the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, providing direct support to the foundation president with respect to foundation business and related projects. She is also the regional network weaver in Southern California to a cohort of grantees for the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Additionally, she provides consulting services – including strategic planning, board and staff development and training, executive coaching, meeting and retreat facilitation, conference and event planning and logistics, proposal development and grant review, and prospect research as well as executive searches – to myriad nonprofits and foundations. Today, Lew is a director on the boards of Phillips Graduate Institute and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Community Development Branch.
A native of Los Angeles, Lew has a B.A. in English from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Cheryl M. Lott is a Shareholder in the firm’s litigation and labor and employment practice groups in Los Angeles. She is also the chair of the firm’s pro bono committee, and a former ex officio member of the firm’s board of directors. Lott represents corporate clients, organic farmers, banks, mortgage companies and other financial institutions in both state and federal court. Her practice focuses on general business and commercial litigation, class action defense, receivership and guaranty-related litigation, and labor and employment litigation.
In addition, Lott’s areas of emphasis include employment counseling, contract disputes, independent film finance disputes, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, product liability, and creditors’ rights and fair debt collection practices.
Lott is a member of the UCLA Law Alumni Board and is recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2009 through 2014.
Lott earned her J.D. at the UCLA School of Law, with a concentration in critical race studies and specialization in corporate law. While at UCLA Law, she was awarded scholarships for academic achievement all three years of her law school career. Additionally, Lott served as Co-Chair for the Black Law Students Association, inter-organizational chair for La Raza Law Students Association, managing editor for the Chicano Latino Law Review, and convention coordinator for the National Black Law Students Association-Western Region. She received her B.A. in political ccience and African American studies, with a minor in Chicano studies at UCLA.
Timothy McNeal is a vice president at the Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG), where he oversees talent development and diversity programs, including Walt Disney Studios and Disney | ABC Writing Fellowship, the Disney | ABC DGA Directing Fellowship, and the Television and Film Summer Workshop at the Institute of American Indian Arts among many others.
McNeal is responsible for further expanding the scope of these programs across DATG to include Disney Channel and ABC Family. Additionally, he serves as a liaison between DATG and diversity-related organizations, nonprofit arts institutions, entertainment industry guilds, and colleges and universities nationwide to identify and nurture talented, emerging writers, actors and directors.
Previously, McNeal served as senior vice president of development at the Tom Lynch Company, where he led the production company’s expanse from child-centered TV entertainment to primetime television. Earlier in his career, as executive vice president of HollywoodTicket.com, McNeal was responsible for the marketing and promotion efforts of the interactive entertainment start-up. In 1994, he joined The WB, where he eventually rose to the position of vice president of drama development, and was responsible for shepherding such hit series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek and Felicity.
A native of California, McNeal received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA.
Upon graduation from UCLA, Lynn O’Connell ’83 immediately put her design degree to work, honing in on the nonprofit arena. As an art director, she designed successful fund raising campaigns focusing first on museums and performing arts centers across the nation. O’Connell’s passion quickly turned to the social service sector where she garnered support for organizations that aid underserved communities.
With a strong background in creative strategy, content development and brand alignment, O’Connell is a creative director at Grizzard Communications Group, an Omnicom Agency. Leading a multi-disciplinary team of designers to create successful integrated campaigns, she feels fortunate to be able to turn her commitment to nonprofits into measurable impact and has raised over $1 billion on behalf of her clients.
A member of the South Bay Alumni Network, O’Connell serves on the board of the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club, a nonprofit that supports the local high school badminton team. She also advises an animal rescue nonprofit, Beagle Freedom Project and Nutrition and Education International, which works to eradicate malnutrition in Afghanistan by developing a self-sustaining soy industry.
Terrance “Terry” Tumey was named director of UC Davis Athletics in July 2012, bringing expertise in financial planning and analysis, and his personal experience as a successful student athlete at UCLA.
Tumey boasts nearly two decades of coaching and administrative experience in collegiate and professional athletics. After earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA in 1988, then adding a master’s degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Business in 1993, he served as an assistant coach for UCLA Football until 1998. He then assisted Mike Shanahan on the Denver Broncos’ staff during the 1999 and 2000 seasons, before moving his career from the field to the front office.
Tumey joined the San Francisco 49ers as a player personnel assistant in 2001, and moved up to director of football administration. As a senior manager, he supervised the fiscal responsibilities for the team’s football operations, with a budget of more than $35 million. Tumey served in that role until April 2009.
He returned to collegiate athletics as director of athletics at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., and guided the Penguins’ athletics program from NAIA to NCAA Division II. Tumey also created Dominican’s institutional strategic plan for the athletics department, and he led a $4.5 million capital campaign. His athletics program captured back-to-back Pacific West Conference Academic Achievement Awards for compiling the highest student-athlete GPA. DUC is the first league member to achieve such a feat.
Originally from Tulsa, Okla., Tumey earned three All-Pacific 10 Conference honors as a nose guard at UCLA. The Bruins went 36-10-2 in his career, capturing two conference titles.
For more than two decades, José Villalobos has served as the senior vice president of government affairs/business development for TELACU, a large community development corporation (CDC) with assets of $600 million. TELACU, whose mission is rebuilding and enhancing underserved communities, has developed $1 billion in real estate projects representing 4 million square feet of commercial space and more than 3,600 housing units, creating more than 16,000 jobs.
Villalobos is responsible for identifying, analyzing and accessing government programs/legislation at federal, state and local levels to be used to expand the company’s operating subsidiaries and acquisition/start-up of new business enterprises. He has successfully identified and accessed more than $200 million in government funds over the past 15 years, including $145 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations from the U.S. Department of Treasury/CDFI Fund. As part of managing the NMTC program, he serves on the executive committee and board of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.
Villalobos also oversees TELACU Community Capital, a nonprofit community lender and certified CDFI with a small business loan fund of $8.0 million. He was instrumental in TELACU’s efforts working with the Small Business Administration to disseminate and issue the regulations allowing CDCs to participate in the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs, to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace. Three TELACU subsidiaries have participated in the 8(a) program, one of which is currently active.
Villalobos also is responsible for the oversight and management of TELACU’s faith-based initiative, which seeks to strengthen local faith-based and community organizations serving low income communities. Prior to joining TELACU, he worked in finance with several private sector firms including Prudential-Bache Securities and Mattel, Inc.
Valerie Aenlle-Rocha received her B.A. from UCLA in 1979 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1986. She is a career prosecutor in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Most recently, Aenlle-Rocha has served as the legal advisor to the Los Angeles County Criminal Grand Jury.
Aenlle-Rocha began her career as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles in 1988. In 1990, she moved to Miami, Fla., where she served as an assistant state attorney under then-State Attorney Janet Reno. In 1994, Aenlle-Rocha returned to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Two years later, she began a nine-year assignment in the special investigations division, where she investigated and prosecuted officer-involved shootings and high level corruption cases involving elected public officials, judges, lawyers and law enforcement personnel. Aenlle-Rocha presented many of those cases to the criminal grand jury, which she advises today. She has tried more than 90 criminal cases to verdict.
Aenlle-Rocha has been heavily involved in her community. She is a past president of the La Cañada Community Scholarship Foundation, which provides scholarships to needy La Cañada students. Aenlle-Rocha also served as president of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, which provides meaningful support to all students in the La Cañada Unified School District. She has been a volunteer in the La Cañada Unified schools since 1999, when she began by volunteering weekly in the classroom. In 2011, Aenlle-Rocha and her husband were selected by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board’s administrative team to receive the Golden Apple Award in honor of their collective efforts to lead, volunteer with, and support the school district, its students, and the community.
For more than 20 years, Aenlle-Rocha has been involved in a number of UCLA and UCLA Alumni Association programs, including the Freshman and Bunche Scholarships, the True Bruin Distinguished Senior Award, the Alumni Academy, the Awards Resource Committee, the San Gabriel Valley Chancellor Associate’s Committee, and UCLA’s planned giving Legacy Society. She is a current Chancellor’s Associate and sits on the diversity and nominating committees for the UCLA Alumni Association Board. Aenlle-Rocha is the chairperson of the UCLA Alumni Association Freshmen Scholarship program, which oversees the awarding of scholarships to incoming freshmen.
Aenlle-Rocha is married and has three children, two of whom are in college and one in high school.
Yolanda J. Gorman, MBA, Ph.D. is the President of Phillips Graduate Institute, a graduate school of professional psychology and management located in the San Fernando Valley. Prior to assuming the role of President, Dr. Gorman served as Dean of Academic Affairs, and Chair of the Organizational Consulting doctoral program. She brings to Phillips over 25 years as an organizational consultant specializing in nonprofit management and development. As a consultant, Dr. Gorman assisted nonprofit organizations with resource development, evaluation, and information needs. She consulted on program and strategic planning, research and evaluation, board training and organizational development projects.
As a consultant Dr. Gorman successfully secured over $100 million from state, federal and private sources to help her clients develop and deliver programs that respond to critical human needs. She also conducted training sessions for boards of directors of local and national organizations and foundations. Dr. Gorman has worked with local and national private foundations to provide technical assistance to the organizations they support.
She is a three time graduate from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, an MBA in accounting and small business management, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a minor in clinical psychology and psychiatry. An active volunteer with multiple community; civic and cultural organizations, Dr. Gorman was recently elected to serve as an Alumni Regent-Designate of the University of California, the second time she will hold the honor. Dr. Gorman also serves on the Board of Trustees of Woodbury University and on the Board of Managers for the University of West Los Angeles Law School. Dr. Gorman’s other volunteer activities include serving as a member of the board of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, a for-profit insurance solution for nonprofit organizations in California; and she was recently appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. She is the author several articles and papers on nonprofit capacity building and small business management.
John is a fourth-year economics major. This is Amalfitano’s third year in SAA and second year serving on the SAA Board of Directors. He has previously held the positions of Campus Outreach Director and Executive Director on the Public Relations Committee. Amalfitano is very excited to continue SAA’s successful programs that foster student and alumni engagement during his last year at UCLA. Outside of his involvement with the Student Alumni Association, Amalfitano has served as a Resident Assistant for the Office of Residential Life and intern for the Port of Los Angeles. In his free time, Amalfitano enjoys traveling, hiking and trying new foods. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in accounting, finance or marketing in the entertainment industry.
Jacob Kohlhepp is a third year economics and political science double major, and the current president of the Alumni Scholars Club. Jacob leads a board of 14 directors who implement and develop the mission of the Alumni Scholars Club, which is to promote service, leadership, and community among all 500+ alumni scholars. He has extensive experience within ASC, as both the past director of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program, and as a coordinator of the Volunteer Leadership Program.
Beyond the Alumni Scholars Club, Jacob works as a bus driver for the Office for Students with Disabilities, and serves as the External Vice President of Bruin Republicans. Jacob has begun and hopes to continue a career of public policy research and advocacy. He has particular experience and interests in fiscal and tax policy. Jacob is a Southern California native, and is a proud Eagle Scout.
Avinoam is a fourth-year Human Biology & Society major. He currently serves as the president of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, the officially recognized student voice of undergraduate students at UCLA to the campus administration, faculty, and outside community. Avinoam is excited to work with the Alumni Association to increase student engagement and provide students and alumni with the resources they need to succeed. Aside from his work in student government, Avinoam has held leadership positions in Bruins for Israel, Hillel at UCLA and UCLA Dance Marathon.
Avinoam is passionate about public health, community building and making this world a better place. In his spare time, Avinoam loves to travel and follow European soccer. He is a Seattle native and a Bruin for life.
Rhea Turteltaub was appointed Vice Chancellor, External Affairs at UCLA in March 2008.
As vice chancellor, Turtletaub oversees a diverse, yet integrated department comprising Development, Alumni Relations, University Communications & Public Affairs, Government & Community Relations and The UCLA Foundation.
Leading a team of nearly 500, Turtletaub is actively working with campus leadership on the preparations for the University’s 100th anniversary celebration which include plans for a Centennial Campaign.
Turtletaub previously served as associate vice chancellor for Development with management responsibility for one of the most successful development programs of its kind. The campus has averaged more than $400 million in annual private support during the past three years.
Campaign UCLA, completed in 2005, generated a record-setting $3.052 billion.
Turtletaub began her UCLA career in the Office of Planned and Major Gifts. During the last 28 years, she served in varying capacities in annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, research, alumni and donor relations, regional development and campaign planning.
Prior to arriving at UCLA, Turtletaub held leadership positions at Otis College of Art and Design and The University of Chicago, as well as campaign positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in political science.
Turtletaub resides in Encino, California, with her husband, Adam, and their two young sons.
Dr. Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA in August 2007. As chief executive officer, he oversees all aspects of the university’s three-part mission of education, research and service.
A biologist, Block holds UCLA faculty appointments in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the College of Letters and Science. He also leads a research lab funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Block previously served as vice president and provost of the University of Virginia. There, he headed an NIH graduate training program designed to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups. He also received the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Public Service Award for his work with Virginia’s business community.
A native of Monticello, N.Y., Block holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The inventor of a number of devices, Block holds a patent for a non-contact respiratory monitor to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.