The individuals that comprise the RPAA’s Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 year come from diverse experiences and backgrounds. Click any of the following groups to learn more about the board members.
Alex is a Senior Associate in the Operations Practice focusing on Procurement & Sourcing. Prior to joining PwC, Alex interned with Johnson & Johnson’s Procurement Leadership Development Program, where he primarily focused on indirect marketing procurement for the Medical Device industry. Prior to his time with Johnson & Johnson he had over 8 years of experience in retail sales, sourcing, and insurance services. His retail sales experience was focused in the home improvement industry with nationwide contracts and service agreements that his company, NextDay Closets, had with Sears and The Home Depot. As a managing partner of NextDay Closets, Alex was responsible for all strategic sourcing for over 60 retail locations across the US. His insurance experience was largely focused on Universal Life Insurance, Fixed Indexed Annuities, and health insurance. Alex holds an MBA degree from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a Business degree from California State University Northridge.
Darlington Ahaiwe received his bachelors in Business Finance and Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Subsequent to this, he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Darlington currently works as a Finance Director for Woodcraft Rangers, a prestigious Los Angeles Non-Profit organization. His career goals include pursing his CPA license while gaining more exposure and experience in the Finance and Accounting industry.
Judith Florido graduated from La Sierra University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business. As an undergrad she developed international entrepreneurial projects in Sri Lanka, Mexico & Costa Rica through a student run organization named ENACTUS (Entrepreneurial, Action, Us) – an international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. After graduating, she taught English in Poland, and then she moved to Barcelona, Spain where she worked in tourism. She currently works in the marketing team at FUSE TV- where she manages project deadlines for print, on-air and digital assets, assists in coordinating events and tracks the budget for the department. Her goal is to transition into international marketing within the entertainment industry. As the first generation in her family to attend college, she is passionate about promoting higher education among minorities and has a deep interest in cultivating the next generation of diverse social change agents in Los Angeles. She has a mission to help her community by serving in two non-profit organizations: NAMIC (National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications) and RPAA (Riordan Programs Alumni Association). She was recently presented with an Outstanding Service award from the Riordan Programs Alumni Association. In her spare time Jude enjoys traveling, hiking and discovering new restaurants.
Mariana Barraza graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering with a concentration in Technology and Policy and a minor in Human Biology. Since graduation Mariana has worked as a Systems Integration Consultant for Accenture on two multi-million dollar Public Service projects. As an undergraduate, Mariana was a research intern at Government Accountability Office (GAO) and a research assistant in a Language Development Lab on campus. She grew up in Long Beach and is an alumna of the Riordan Scholars Program class of 2008. Mariana recently moved back to Southern California after spending two years in Washington D.C., and is currently a Riordan Fellow.
I was born in the city of Guatemala and at the age of 7 I moved to Los Angeles where I grew up in a neighborhood called Highland Park.
The proudest moment in my life has been seeing my mom and dad accomplish their academic goals. Recently my dad was able to obtain his associates degree in physical therapy, while my mom was able to earn her masters degree in nursing. Seeing them graduate after knowing everything that they sacrificed for me to obtain my own goals fills with my pride.
Bella was born in Australia and educated in Hong Kong. Having spent her youth travelling throughout Asia for sport and exchange programs, Bella’s hard work in the water eventually earn her scholarship to Loyola Marymount University, where she capped off her senior year as both the captain and swimmer of the year. She is passionate about team building and working with youth, having led youth summer camps at LMU, volunteered with the Special Olympics, and served as a mentor and program manager for SBA since 2013. After two years of experiences at SBA and being the Co-Chair of 2015 Diversity MBA Admission Conference (DMAC), Bella continues her passion and aims at helping more youth to pursue better lives and education. She currently is the Co-Director of SBA and works as a Finance and Account Manager for Costa De Oro Media. Her goals include expanding her global network, earning an MBA at a top tier program, and focusing on sustainable business that benefits the environment.
Chrystal leads recruitment and advocacy for Teach For America at USC, by engaging faculty, staff, administrators, and students on the campus to build a movement of leaders fighting for educational equity across the nation. Prior to joining the TFA staff in Los Angeles, she taught 11th grade physics at Locke High School and 6th grade social studies at KIPP: Academy of Opportunity in South Los Angeles, and received a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Administration and Policy. She is a TFA: Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Fellow and 2014 Riordan MBA Fellow. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Saturday Business Academy (SBA). Chrystal also holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hampton University in Virginia.
Jariel first joined RPAA in 2015 as the Vice-President of Programming for RPAA’s annual Diversity MBA Admissions Conference. As Co-Director of Programming, Jariel is responsible for the complete success of each RPAA annual event–securing each venue and coordinating all internal and external requirements, while managing the responsibilities of each Programming team member.
After attending UCLA and Freie Universität, obtaining a BA in Political Science, International Relations, Jariel joined Raytheon’s two-year rotational Leadership Development Program. During this span he lived in Baltimore, MD and Boston, MA. Currently, he works for Raytheon as a Contracts Negotiator in El Segundo, CA where he supports many programs including the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft. When Jariel isn’t working or volunteering for other non-profits, you can usually find him on a plane traveling the world, in the stands cheering on his alma mater, or in the gym attempting to find the fountain of youth.
Andy graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering. After college, he started his career working as a Transportation Engineer for the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and later with AECOM, the world’s leading design engineering firm. During his time as an engineer, he was involved with the design of major metropolitan subway systems and transportation centers. His experience in large metropolitan projects has led to his current position as a consultant for KPMG’s Major Project Advisory Practice where he assists clients in identifying and mitigating project risks throughout the project life-cycle.
Andy first started working with the Riordan Program in 2013 as a mentor for the Saturday Business Academy. He is passionate about the Riordan Program’s mission and continues to guide his mentees through their career paths in engineering and finance. In his downtime, Andy enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
I am proud of being the first generation to attend college in my family and want to help others like myself achieve the same goals. I was very fortunate to be able to participate in the government sponsored Upward Bound program in high school and have been looking for a similar program to give back in the same way I have received help. I believe Riordan will allow me to do so while also giving me an opportunity to continue to develop my leadership skills and meet new people who are also committed to giving back.
Erika is an Associate Manager in the Integrated Marketing Strategy team at Universal Studios Hollywood where she works with cross-functional groups to help develop and execute strategic Marketing & Sales plans to meet attendance and revenue goals. Erika has been involved with the Riordan Programs since graduating from the Riordan MBA Fellows program in 2009 having served as a mentor in the Saturday Business Academy and as an alumni committee member for the Riordan Gala. She is also involved in the annual Adelante Mujer Latina Conference, a college and career conference that inspires and motivates young girls to dream big and encourages them to achieve their educational and career goals. Erika is a recipient of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management fellowship and received her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University where she majored in Marketing and Management. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University where she co-founded a student-led support group called Nuestra Alma Latina. When she is not busy, Erika enjoys hiking, watching movies, and spending quality time with her family, friends, and dogs.
Vivian Paredes is a first generation college graduate with a degree from UC San Diego in Communication and a double minor in Business and Accounting. Both her parents migrated from Mexico to the United States and settled in Lennox, California where Vivian eventually grew up. She currently works at Fineman West & Company as a Business Development & Marketing Associate and hopes to obtain her MBA to transition to a full time marketing role. Vivian is passionate about the Latino community and trying to help everyone prosper and grow. She became involved with the Riordan programs in 2014 as a member of the Riordan Fellows Class of 2015 and is currently a mentor for the College to Career program.
A native of Sinaloa, México, Zitlalic Ley moved to the U.S. at the of age 17 to learn English, pursue higher education and conquer her dreams. As a result of hard work ethics and not giving up, she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and also became a standout Track and Field star, earning All-American status, ranking 3rd in the nation. In addition, she successfully completed five internships and co-founded a high school mentorship program that aided nearly 200 at-risk students who were one grade behind in school. After graduating college, Zitlalic moved to Washington, D.C. where she continued to create opportunities for minorities to excel academically and increase government resources for low-income families. Zitlalic worked for ALPFA National, where she developed multiple growth initiatives and managed relationships with 11,000 student members nationwide. Afterwards, she moved to Silicon Valley to join a Latino Accelerator Program, representing a smart jewelry startup. Then, she joined the team Square, Inc., where she launched the first Square en Español initiative in Los Angeles county, empowering Latino small businesses to grow. Currently, Zitlalic resides in Downtown Los Angeles and is the Growth Project Manager for The National Latina Business Women Association. She also serves as the Director of Technology for RPAA. To continue to pursue her passion in internet technologies, she is currently attending to a private web programming school. She recently completed the Emerging Latina Leadership Program and a Social Innovation Fellowship from Starting Bloc, an organization that is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world. On her free time, Zitlalic loves to volunteer and make a difference in the community. She is currently part of several non-profit organizations committed to providing resources for minorities in higher education. Her passion involves technology, traveling, exploring different cultures, and being active in competitive sports.
Anne was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States when she was 1 year old. She has lived her entire life in Southern California, growing up in Northeast LA, surviving LAUSD schools, discovering new ideas and new worlds while attending Pomona College, and pursuing her legal degree at UCLA. She is now a senior associate at Levinson Arshonsky & Kurtz, LLP, a small, boutique firm in Sherman Oaks, where she practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Bankruptcy, General Business Litigation, and Real Property Litigation. Her clients include a number of banks and other, asset-based lenders. She is proud of the work she does for her clients which more often than not, yield excellent results. She was a Riordan Scholar in high school but never really fully committed herself to that which she have since discovered is a big regret. She wants to become more involved with helping increase diversity in higher education and in the business world and help impart the knowledge she has gained and the lessons learned from her mistakes to current students.
Maureen is a Registered Associate and Branch Coach at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. She served as Regional Faculty Facilitator for the Merrill Lynch National Peer to Peer Program in 2011. Maureen graduated from the Riordan MBA Fellows Program in 2012, where she served as Alumni Director and Facilitator for the Saturday Business Institute. Maureen is currently a mentor and volunteer for the South Central Scholars Program. After obtaining an MBA, she plans to continue a career in Finance. She is passionate about the Riordan Programs and hopes to stay involved with their mission.
Nathan Segal is a Senior Policy Advisor to the President at the White House, with a dual-appointment between the National Economic Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role he focuses on the interplay between entrepreneurship, innovation, technology, and finance, determining ways the federal government can best assist entrepreneurs in achieving their goals. Nathan also serves as Assistant Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration and as Co-Chair of the White House Council on Native American Affairs Economic Development Subgroup, the White House Rural Council, and the White House Interagency Group on Insular Affairs. Prior to coming to DC, Nathan worked on Wall Street in mergers and acquisitions investment banking and within sales and trading at several bulge-bracket firms. He also held roles with ONABEN – Our Native American Business Network and founded several non-profits. He is on the Board of Directors of ONABEN – Our Native American Business Network, the Yale Latino Alumni Association, and Native American Yale Alumni. Nathan completed his undergraduate education at Stanford and Yale Universities, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with distinction in both of his majors. He was a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist, as well as a Truman and Udall Scholar. Nathan was also named to USA Today’s All-USA Academic First Team during his senior year.
Iberia is passionate about finding meaningful ways to improve the lives of children/young adults and the environment, and creating safe spaces for artistic expression and diversity. Her experience as a former foster youth from Richmond, CA instilled in her a strong desire to help children/young adults and she is a mentor through South Central Scholars and has mentored through Young People For. Iberia works in data analytics and fundraising research for Stanford Children’s Hospital through the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, where she helped co-found the Foundation’s first Diversity Committee. She is also a freelance designer/researcher and has worked for clients such as the World Health Organization/IMAI-IMCI Alliance. Iberia enjoys running around San Francisco, traveling to tropical places, learning languages, being artsy, and volunteering.
Passionate about the topic of low income education and helping individuals get past the challenge of lacking resources when getting through high school and applying to college. I have mentored 7+ high school students and my previous mentees have moved onto college with acceptances from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and several California State Schools. I also mentor several college students, including a Riordan Scholar from UCLA. My goal is to increase diversity in corporations by mentoring others who will also pay it forward, as well as supporting/advocating for low income education programs within my company (when feasible)
Rudy graduated from The University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in History and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduation he gained experience by performing financial and credit analysis as an underwriter at AIG. Additionally, he worked as an Account Executive at The Travelers Companies in the Bond and Financial Products division – where he was responsible for analyzing the financial, industrial, and economic credit of various Financial Institutions throughout the nation. Having worked through the 2008 financial crises as an underwriter at AIG; Rudy gained a unique experience in Risk Assessment, Marketing / Branding initiatives, and establishing strategic relationships. Rudy currently works at Kiva.org as a Portfolio Analyst – where he conducts portfolio-wide analyses to identify potential risks and growth opportunities throughout Europe and Asia. As the first generation in his family to attend and graduate from college, Rudy is not only passionate about promoting academic achievement among minorities, but also increasing their presence within the C-Level ranks of major corporations. His passion has been illustrated by his participation as a mentor for the Riordan Saturday Business Academy, and corporate sponsored minority recruiting initiatives. In his spare time Rudy is involved with Taproot Foundation, a non-profit organization – where he serves as a Financial Consultant for various non-profits throughout the entire Bay Area.
Paul is currently a Project Manager for the California Energy Commission in Sacramento, CA managing energy efficient research and development programs and projects. He previously served as a Lead Project Engineer contracted by the Department of Energy to assist with the design, construction, and commissioning of the world’s largest radioactive Waste Treatment Plant in Richland, WA. Paul graduated from Morehouse College with a BS in General Science and Missouri University of Science and Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Paul is currently a mentor and volunteer for the MESA Program at CSU-Sacramento and President of the Sacramento NSBE Professional Chapter. After obtaining an MBA, he plans to continue a career in technological innovation and philanthropy. He is very passionate about the mission and strategies created and supported by the Riordan Programs.
As a South Los Angeles native, first generation Latina, and UC Berkeley graduate, Griselda found her passion in the intersection of technology and community empowerment, specifically through her work with at-risk youth, various community technology initiatives, and health care education. She was part of a campus-wide technology taskforce at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, where she created a customized technology curriculum and infrastructure for every department on campus and implemented training modules for both students, administration, and instructors. As a self-taught coder, she was able to develop an iPhone app for the Automotive Diesel Technology Department that is still used for inventory tracking and data collection. Griselda has also developed and led health and wellness campaigns across Los Angeles County to educate the community on chronic diseases and health care services. Through data driven marketing strategies and partnerships created with local businesses, nonprofits, healthcare professionals she was able to provide mobile health care services across the county. She was also part of the coalition who helped develop the Plan for Healthy LA, which is the first “Health Element” implementation in Los Angeles. Her career goal is to empower and provide health care access to marginalized communities and simply the complex system of healthcare through technology. She currently is working at Anthem Inc. in their Healthcare Analytics Department, where she is instrumental in providing consulting services for contracts based on data modeling and negotiations. In her spare time she volunteers, plays guitar, dances salsa, hikes, and occasionally runs a 5k with friends,just for fun.
A San Francisco native, Kat Chan received her double major in Bachelor of Arts in Design and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Starting off as a graphic designer, Kat knew she always wanted to get more into business and marketing. Coincidentally, she was hired by the Walt Disney Company in June 2012 to participate in a pilot program for the first social media command center at the Disneyland Resort. From then on, Kat hasn’t looked back in her social media marketing endeavors across her career. She currently works at a top tech company in Silicon Valley as a Social Media Manager.
Andrew Kim is currently a Wealth Management Relationship Manager at Fidelity Investments. Andrew double-majored in Economics and Asian Studies from Cornell University – College of Arts & Science, and he is currently a CPA candidate in the state of California.
Alicia Arnold currently works as a Brand Manager at one of the worlds top advertising agencies, 72andSunny. Alicia manages multiple large integrated international and national creative campaigns yearly for her clients at CKE Restaurants Inc (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), inclusive of productions for television, print, social, radio and digital. Alicia is a mentor to Da Vinci students through DFX and 72andSunny. Before working at 72andSunny, Alicia worked for Crispin Porter + Bogusky serving clients at Microsoft Windows, Turkish Airlines and Fruit of the Loom. Alicia graduated from the Riordan Fellows program of 2015, where she served as a mentor for the Riordan Scholars high school program and as Social Director for her class. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Economics and International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Alicia is a Washington state native who enjoys traveling, cycling and mentoring.
Cathy Flanagan graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in English Literature in 2012. She currently works as a Content Manager for a tech company where she runs the text production for high-profile brands like Samsung. Prior to her current job in the tech industry, she worked as a journalist, marketing assistant and copywriter for a Los Angeles electric bicycle company.
Angela Lieu currently works in the Office of the President at Fox Searchlight Pictures where she is responsible for managing the office and providing box office and competitive market analysis that shape the studio’s film distribution and marketing strategy. Prior to Fox, Angela began her entertainment career at The Walt Disney Company in Disney Media Networks’s Global Distribution Strategy and Business Development team. During her time at Disney, Angela collaborated with global teams on managing international content licensing deals to ensure the implementation of strategic initiatives and optimization of distribution opportunities worldwide. Angela is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Psychology and double minor in Film, Television & Digital Media and Theater. In her spare time, she enjoys training for half-marathons, traveling and channeling her inner “Julia Child.”
Kendra is originally from Prince George’s County Maryland. She received her B.A in Economics from UCLA in 2012 and commissioned as an Army Finance Officer in the Reserve Corp through the Bruin Battalion. After graduating from UCLA, she worked with underrepresented minority college students at UCLA’s Community Program’s Office as their First Year Internship Director and Transportation Manger for two years. She currently works in Low Income Housing Tax Credit Syndication, helping to create affordable housing for all communities.
Lauren Saylor graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Lauren was the first in her family to graduate college. Upon graduation from Loyola Marymount University, Lauren joined LATV Networks’ team as the head of Human Resources. During her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, coaching a Master’s swim team, cooking and learning Italian.
Darius is a 5 year veteran of the US Navy and graduate of University of Houston with a BS in Civil Engineering. A native of Texas, Darius began his professional career in Houston working in the energy industry. Currently, his professional focus is on oil and natural gas exploration in the Arctic region. Outside of work, Darius is involved with various organizations such as the Riordan Programs, Offshore Technology Conference, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and the US Navy Fleet and Family Support Center. In his downtime, Darius enjoys sports and spending quality time with his friends and family.
Humberto Zuniga graduated from California State University, Long Beach and holds a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, Real Estate, Law and a Certificate in Human Resources Management. Most recently Humberto attained his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the University of California, San Diego. Humberto was born in Managua, Nicaragua and immigrated to Los Angeles as a young child. He is extremely proud to be the first in his family to graduate from college. Humberto’s vast experience in manufacturing operations has nurtured his interest in organizational leadership and the development of private and public ventures. Humberto’s next goal in life is to attain his MBA. Humberto is an avid “Ducatista” and spends his free time with his family looking for their next culinary adventure.
Nanor Asadorian graduated from the Riordan Fellows program in May 2015, where she had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for the Riordan Scholars high school program and as Yearbook Director for the class of 2015. This is her first year on the RPAA board. She currently works at Warner Bros. Entertainment as a Financial Analyst and plans to attend business school to continue growing her career in the entertainment industry. Her workplace involvements include serving as a mentor with the Youth Mentoring Connection through Warner Bros.’ Impact program and membership in Women of Warner. Prior to joining WB, Nanor worked in private wealth management as her first job out of school. She earned her degree in Business Administration from UC Irvine and is also an Orange County native. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, exploring local restaurants, and giving back to the community. She believes in continuous self-improvement and enjoys helping others achieve their goals.
Steve Mendoza is currently a Relationship Manager in the Private Banking and Wealth Management Group of Comerica Bank. He is responsible for providing debt funding to high net worth individuals for personal and business uses in addition to executing integrated delivery of wealth/business planning solutions by helping clients navigate today’s evolving markets and identifying the opportunities that shape their portfolios and long-term investment goals. Prior to entering his current role, Steve was an Analyst in Comerica Bank’s Middle Market Corporate Banking group in downtown San Diego structuring senior-secured cash flow funding to companies involved in mergers & acquisitions, buyout scenarios, syndicated participations, equity restructuring, real estate/construction, equipment, and working capital growth. Steve completed Comerica Bank’s Corporate Banking Training Program in 2012.
Originally from Los Angeles, Steve graduated from UC Riverside 2010 where he majored in Business Administration with a double centration in Finance and Accounting. During his time as an undergrad, he had internships at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Marcus & Millichap Investment Real Estate, and the Wells Fargo Private Bank. In addition, he was also one of the founders of the Cal Nu Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity holding various exec positions. Upon graduation, he was admitted into UCLA Anderson School of Business’s Riordan MBA Fellows program. As the first college graduate in his family, he is very passionate about promoting higher education among minorities and providing financial assistance to those less fortunate in Latin America. As a side project, Steve provides micro financing to help purchase supplies for his uncle’s convenience store in Peru, any home construction, and buy Christmas presents for little kids in his parents’ native neighborhoods. He is also a co-founder of the ALPFA SDSU Mentor Program
Denice Gonzalez-Kim graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Global Studies and a minor in Public Affairs. Upon graduating she taught English in South Korea. She currently serves as the Partnership and Project Leader for School on Wheels, a nonprofit that works to enhance the K-12 educational opportunities for homeless children – children living in shelters, motels, downtown hotels, group foster homes, cars, or on the streets.
Denice is passionate about being involved in her community. She sits on the Los Angeles Junior of Chamber Commerce Board of Directors, which strives to empower young professionals through professional enrichment, leadership development and community service.
She received the respectable Mentor of the Year Award from the Riordan Scholars Program in 2009. The Pacific Century Institute awarded her in 2013 for her Exceptional Leadership and Commitment to Building Bridges between Diverse Cultures and she was recently presented with an Outstanding Service award from the Riordan Programs Alumni Association.
Vivian is proud of her background managing change in a variety of organizations. Most recently, she developed Nationwide’s innovation platform, driving idea incubation and commercialization of new services. Prior to Nationwide, she was a change manager for Turner Construction’s Risk division and managed campaigns for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. While obtaining an MBA at the University of Michigan, she was sponsored to live in Bangalore as a consultant to Infosys and worked on branding initiatives for Eli Lilly. She enjoys training for and participating in endurance sports, recently completing her 15th marathon and the rim-to-rim hike across the Grand Canyon.
Logan is the Founder of Interactive Advisory, a boutique consulting firm focused on financing for Internet start ups. Prior to starting Interactive Advisory, Logan was the finance manager at pricegrabber.com, overseeing strategic planning, forecasting, and analysis. Logan also worked as an equity research analyst covering the Enterprise Software Sector at Wedbush Morgan Securities, and was an Investment Banking Associate at Banc of America Securities. Logan has a BA from UC Berkeley, a Master of Accounting from USC, and an MBA in Finance from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. In his spare time, Logan can be found searching for pool time at local swimming holes in Southern California, devouring epic science fiction and fantasy novels, volunteering for worthy causes, or analyzing market trends for the next big thing.
Moises Carlos, a Los Angeles native, is President and Founder of Escala Realty Group, a full-service Real Estate Brokerage Company. Prior to founding Escala Realty Group, Moises led the acquisition of development opportunities in the Los Angeles area for DBA, Inc, a real estate development company and worked as a Land Acquisitions Analyst for Richmond American Homes, a national home builder. In this capacity, Moises sourced and structured deals, negotiated purchase agreements, and managed the due diligence process for land acquisitions in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties for over 350 lots and projected gross revenues of over $150 million.
Moises has a history of community involvement stemming from his early experience as Assistant Director of the Riordan Programs and Associate Director of MBA Admissions at UCLA Anderson School. Moises currently serves on the Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson’s Advisory Board and as Board Member for Crown Prep Academy, a charter school in South Central Los Angeles. Moises served for three years as President of the Riordan Programs Alumni Association. Moises has volunteered with organizations such as Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, INROADS, MLT, the UCLA Alumni Association, the UCLA Latino Alumni Association, Junior Achievement, CAMS Entrepreneurship Business Convention, the LEAD Program in Business, and the Riordan Programs.
Moises earned a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Albert is a Manager in the Valuation Services practice of KPMG, a global audit and consulting firm. He is based in Los Angeles and also worked in KPMG Europe’s corporate finance consulting group in Madrid, Spain. Albert has extensive experience in the valuation of public and private companies, intangible assets, and securities for M&A transactions and strategic planning, serving corporate clients across many industries.
Albert served on the RPAA board of directors as President (2006-2007), Director of Saturday Business Academy (2005-2007), and Vice-President Internal Affairs (2005-2006). In 2005 he helped found the Saturday Business Academy (SBA) mentorship program, and directed SBA in its inaugural year through 2007, where he was responsible for programming, curriculum development, fundraising and mentor recruitment for SBA students at College-Ready Academy and Gertz-Ressler High Schools. He holds an M.B.A. from IE Business School in Madrid, a master’s degree from Georgetown University and is a graduate of UCLA, B.A.
Mr. Chanani began his career in 2004 as a director at Chanani Holdings where he revitalized two family-owned troubled hotels. Concerned about the hotel sector’s sensitivity to macro-economic challenges, he diversified into the retail sector and grew the asset base into a $25M+ mini-conglomerate, doubling the asset size and profitability in two years. He directed a staff of 75 and introduced performance-based pay, transforming the operations into a successful, diversified and professionally run group.
Serving concurrently in the US Army National Guard, Mr. Chanani served as the unit Commander of 21 Soldiers and 18 non-commissioned officers in Iraq during 2006-2007, where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, leaving as an Army Captain to attend the Wharton School of Business.
At Wharton, Mr. Chanani worked with the Bernstein Companies, a major regional real estate investment firm, in Washington D.C. and subsequently for Pacific Coast Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based private equity fund manager and portfolio lender with over $6B in assets under management.
Mr. Chanani received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and his B.A. in economics from Cornell University. Mr. Chanani is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a licensed California broker, and a frequent author/speaker in the investment arena. He is also a FAA licensed private pilot and frequent traveler having been to over fifty countries.
Kristina M. Dixon currently works as the Controller for Chinatown Service Center. Kristina has a diverse array of education as well as experience which includes a B.A in Sociology from U.C Berkeley, a dual M.B.A in Finance and Management & Leadership from the University of La Verne and a Professional Award in Accounting for Government and Nonprofit Entities from UC Riverside Extension, presenting with over eight years of professional experience working within the nonprofit industry and over 20 years of experience serving the communities where she has lived and worked. Additionally, Kristina is a graduate of the Emerge CA Class of 2012, LAAAWPPI (Los Angeles African American Women in Public Policy Institute), Class of 2007 and Project B.U.I.L.D. (Blacks United In Leadership Development) a program sponsored by the California Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. Additionally, she is a delegate to the California Democratic Party and member of the Riverside County Central Committee, representing the 65th Assembly District; a Library Commissioner to the City of Moreno Valley; the past Chair of the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals, Civic Engagement and Political Awareness Committee; the PAC Treasurer and VP of Education & Training on the NWPC CA Board of Directors; Financial Secretary for LAAAWWPPPI; Board Fellows Leader for Net Impact LA and a reappointed member to the State of California, Board of Podiatric Medicine by Speaker John A. Perez (originally appointed to the Board by Speaker Emeritus, and now Congresswoman Karen Bass). Kristina has a standing commitment to improving the overall economic and social well-being of underserved communities. A few of the issues that are important to Kristina are quality pre-K – 12 education for all children, Community and Economic Development, Eradicating Homelessness, Health Care Reform and gender, age as well as racial equality in board rooms, and elected offices.
Jennifer Ortiz received her BA from UCLA with a degree in Business Economics. She went on to get her MBA from Cornell University – SC Johnson, where she concentrated in Consulting. Throughout her career Jennifer has held various consulting roles within companies such as Mercer Investment Consulting, Chapterhouse, Kaiser Permanente and Oliver Wyman. She specializes in healthcare, management consulting, human capital and education. She currently is a Senior Consultant (Strategy and Decision Support) for Kaiser Permanente. Jennifer’s goal is “to lead socially-responsible organizations in creating and managing sustainable and systematic change to improve community health and healthcare affordability.” She has also volunteered for many organization including Companies That Care, the AIM High Mentorship Program, Roy H Park Fellows Program, UCLA Advocacy Programs, INROADS, UCLA Raza Youth Educations Project, and the Girl Scouts of America.
Mr. Tehrani spent several years in management consulting for Deloitte Consulting working with senior executives in Fortune 100 companies in a variety of industries. Subsequently, he co-founded Conrad Asher Licensing Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based sports apparel company, and serves on boards of several California-based businesses, including: Tabletops Unlimited, Inc. (a leading US housewares manufacturer), Allied Imex, Inc. (a licensee for the Coleman Company), Wild East Group (a branding agency), REVD Inc. (an automotive TV show), and cPrime Inc. (a Northern California technology/staffing company).Mr. Tehrani is very passionate about fostering and building entrepreneurial communities and has a long track record of doing so. He also serves on boards of non-profits such as The Legacy Foundation, The Riordan Programs at UCLA, and The Anderson School Alumni Board. The Legacy Foundation, which he also Co-Founded, is an invite only group that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to multiple cities around the globe. This select group is comprised of some of the world’s biggest thinkers and best entrepreneurs from venturebacked and Inc 500 companies and meets regularly for dinners and weekend summits. He also served on the board of Directors of The Entrepreneurs Organization and is a member of the YPO Bel Air Chapter. Mr. Tehrani served on the planning committee of the EO Alchemy Conference, a first of its kind global entrepreneur’s conference. He has also served as a US Delegate to the G20Y Summit and was Co-Chair of the G8Y Summit in Washington DC and is involved in numerous global entrepreneurial initiatives. Mr. Tehrani has hosted many events with President Clinton on behalf of the Clinton Foundations Global Initiatives. He is dedicated to the work these organizations do and has a long track record of involvement with these groups. Mr. Tehrani has been written about by Keith Ferrazzi in his New York Times Best Selling book “Who’s Got Your Back,” and most recently featured in “The Sleeping Giant” by Ken McElroy, a collaborative work about influential and successful Entrepreneurs.Mr. Tehrani completed his undergraduate degree from UC Irvine in Economics, Management, and Computer Science. He completed his MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.
Alex Lawrence, UCLA Anderson Class of 1999, became the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in August 2012. He had been the Executive Director of The Riordan Programs at UCLA Anderson since 2004, working with Professor Bill Ouchi and Riordan Programs’ founder Mayor Richard Riordan to advance high school and undergraduate students’ development and educational attainment. Prior to his leadership of the Riordan Programs, Alex worked at Cap Gemini, where he developed CRM strategies and trained clients in the automotive, medical and insurance industries.