BizFed Institute Board

The BFI Board is comprised of experts from business, nonprofit, education, and labor.

BFI Board Officers

ChairKevin Klowden, Chief Global Strategist, Milken Institute

Vice ChairRex Knowles, Director, External Affairs, Verizon

Secretary: Robert Sausedo, President & CEO, Community Build Inc

Co-Treasurer: Karin Longhurst, Senior Vice President, Graystone Consulting / Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

Co-Treasurer: Mark Guillen, Manager of Public Affair, Crown Castle

Program Committee Co-Chair: Matt Klink, Klink Campaigns

Program Committee Co-Chair: Dulce Vasquez, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Arizona State University

Program Committee Co-Chair: Doran J. Barnes, Executive Director, Foothill Transit

Program Committee Co-Chair: Lawrence Gustafson, Sr. Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Think Together

Founding ChairDavid Fleming, BizFed Founding Chair, Senior Advisor to Senator Bob Hertzberg
Founding CEOTracy Hernandez, BizFed Founding CEO, President, IMPOWER, Inc.
President: Kevin G. Harbour, Sr.

BFI Board Members

Gregory S. Bielli, President & CEO, Tejon Ranch Co.

Andy Carrasco, Vice President of Strategy and Engagement and Chief Environmental Officer, Southern California Gas Company

Jenny Dudikoff
, Public Relations Professional, KP Public Affairs

Garret Gin
, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Bank of America

Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager and CEO, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Jennifer Hernandez, Partner, Holland & Knight

Trini Jimenez, Vice President of Public Affairs, Watson Land Company

Craig Kessler, Director – Public Affairs, Southern California Golf Association

Stella Li, President, BYD

Maria Mehranian, Managing Partner, Cordoba Corporation

Lee Odell, Chief Operating Officer, ATEC Systems LLC

Whitney O’Neill, Vice President, Government Affairs, Charter Communications

Tigran Patpatyan, Vice President, San Fernando Valley Commercial Banking, MUFG Union Bank

Steve PonTell, CEO, National Community Renaissance

Stephen Sachs, CEO, Sachs Management

Ali Sahabi, Chief Financial Officer, Optimum Seismic

Patty Senecal, Manager of Southern California, Western States Petroleum Association

Quentin D Strode
, President and CEO, Vermont Slauson Economic

Jon Switalski
, Executive Director, Rebuild SoCal Partnership

Alene Taber, Counsel, Hanson Bridgett LLP

Dr. Chris Thornberg, Founder, Beacon Economics LLC

Mark Wilbur, Chief Executive Officer, Employers Group

Ella Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Aegir Systems, Inc.

Jennifer Zellet, President, Antelope Valley College

BFI Advisory Board Members

Gilbert Ivey, Former CAO, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


Adi Liberman, President, Environmental Outreach Strategies

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