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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