BizFed Institute Board

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

BFI Board Officers

ChairJonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve

Vice Chair: Kevin Klowden, Executive Director, California Center & Managing Economist, Milken Institute

Treasurer: Rex Knowles, Director, External Affairs, Verizon

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

Program Committee Co-Chair: Matt Klink, California Strategies


Program Committee Co-Chair:  Ruth Drizen-Dohs, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, DDCC, Inc.
Immediate Past ChairSteve PonTell, CEO, National Community Renaissance
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


Doran J. Barnes, Executive Director, Foothill Transit

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


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


Mark Guillen, Manager of Public Affair, Crown Castle


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


Stephanie Hsieh, Executive Director, Biocom


Jennifer Hernandez, Partner, Holland & Knight


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


Michael Anderson Lawson, President & CEO, Los Angeles Urban League


Stella Li, President, BYD


Karin Longhurst, Senior Vice President, Graystone Consulting / Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management


Ed Manning, Partner, KP Public Affairs


Jennifer McElyea, Managing Partner, ETHOS Real Estate


Angela L. Minniefield, MPA Senior Vice President, Charles R. Drew University


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


Ali Sahabi, Chief Financial Officer, Optimum Seismic


Robert Sausedo
, President & CEO, Community Build Inc


Alene Taber, Counsel, Hanson Bridgett LLP


MC Townsend, President, Regional Black Chamber of Commerce of the San Fernando Valley


Dulce Vasquez
, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Arizona State University


Mark Wilbur, Chief Executive Officer, Employers Group


Professor Frank Zerunyan, USC Sol Price Executive Education


BFI Advisory Board Members


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

 

Adi Liberman, President, Environmental Outreach Strategies


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