Board of Directors
R. Christine Hershey
Hershey l Cause
R. Christine Hershey is the founder and catalyst for Hershey|Cause, guiding its overall strategic and creative vision. Passionate about "Communications for Good," she consults regularly with CEOs and senior executives throughout the country, advising on positioning, identity and strategy. Her work in communications has helped shift debate on issues ranging from social justice, racial equality, health care, domestic abuse, and GLBT rights, to immigration reform. As an author and expert, Ms. Hershey's work has appeared in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The New York Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. As a publisher of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes, Ms. Hershey has helped educate the philanthropic sector regarding best practices. Her first book, the Communications Toolkit, published in 2005, has been distributed in all 50 states, 24 countries and across six continents.
Granite Investment Partners, LLC
Mr. Lopez joined Granite Investment Partners in 2011 where he is a Principal, Portfolio Manager and team member for the Large Cap Equity product. Granite is an investment advisor specializing in asset management for institutional clients and high net worth families. Prior to joining Granite in 2011, Mr. Lopez was the CEO, Director of Research, and a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Transamerica Investment Management, LLC, which he joined in 2003. While at TIM, he managed portfolios for Core plus Fixed income strategy and Large Cap equity. Prior to joining TIM, he was a managing director Centre Pacific LLC. He previously served as a senior fixed income analyst for Transamerica Investment Services from 1997-2000. Mr. Lopez also served as an assistant vice president at Alliance Capital and an associate at TIAA-CREF. Mr. Lopez has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Economics from Arizona State University.
Mr. Bensimon is the senior vice president, COO, and minority partner at Dearden’s, and has been with that company since 1974. In addition to serving on the board of directors of Para Los Niños, he has served on the boards of Dearden’s, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Associate Volume Buyers, and the Western Home Furnishing Association. Mr. Bensimon also founded the Dearden’s Scholarship Program, which offers college scholarships to underprivileged high school seniors each year. Mr. Bensimon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.
Rick J. Caruso*
Capital International Research (retired)
Mr. Guevara is a Chartered Financial Analyst® who recently retired as an investment analyst and executive vice president with Capital International Research, Inc. Mr. Guevara joined Capital in 1992 as a participant in “The Associates Program” after graduating from Harvard University with an AB in government. In addition to his leadership with Para Los Niños, Mr. Guevara also serves on the boards of I Have a Dream-Los Angeles and Self Help Graphics.
Cathy Hession is the President of The Carol and James Collins Foundation, a position she has held since 1998. She serves on the Board of Southern California Grantmakers, as well as on the Board of Advisors for The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy. In addition to her foundation work, she is past Board Chair and 20-year board member at the Westside Family YMCA and 12-year board member at The Boys & Girls Club of Venice. She has been co-chair of the Advisory Board of Para Los Niños Charter School since 2009, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Marlborough School. Other involvements include the Guild of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and the Sustainers of The Junior League of Los Angeles.
Capital International Research
Mark Hickey is an investment analyst and portfolio manager with Capital International Research, a Los Angeles based investment management company. He has research responsibilities for companies in the food, leisure, and housing industries. Mr. Hickey earned an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.
Marjorie Ehrich Lewis
A partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Los Angeles office since 1988, Marjorie Ehrich Lewis joined the firm in 1981 following a clerkship with Judge Warren Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a commercial litigator with a focus on the representation of automobile manufacturers and distributors in franchise issues and disputes, and on the representation of lenders in disputes arising out of distressed real estate Ms. Lewis served for ten years as a Trustee of the Center for Early Education, an independent elementary school in Los Angeles, and for twelve years on the Board and Executive Committee of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's Sheriff's Youth Foundation.
Ms. Lewis graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1976 from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. In 1979, she received her law degree from New York University, where she was a member of the New York University Law Review.
Pedro J. Martí
Pedro J. Martí is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor with Wells Fargo Private Bank. He provides comprehensive wealth management strategies for high net worth individuals, families and foundations. Part of the Wells Fargo family for many years, Mr. Martí previously served as an Analyst in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Development Division, as Chief of Staff to the company’s COO, and helped to develop and implement a professional training program for a new generation of securities and insurance licensed employees in the LA Metro Region of Wells Fargo. Mr. Martí holds a BBA from Emory Goizueta Business School, concentrating in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Financial Services, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Martí is a Board Member of Amanecer Community Counseling Services.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Tom Masenga is a partner in the Real Estate Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Mr. Masenga has more than 30 years of experience representing pension funds and their advisors, banks, life insurance companies, private equity funds, REITs and other institutional real estate investors and lenders. His finance and capital markets practice has included advising on portfolio, syndicated and mezzanine loan originations, workouts and restructurings, and foreclosures, as well as the acquisition and disposition of performing and non-performing loan portfolios. Mr. Masenga is recognized nationally for his expertise in structuring and closing complex real estate transactions for institutional clients and is a frequent lecturer on complex real estate investment and financing. Mr. Masenga has served as a panelist for the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys as well as the California Continuing Education of the Bar.
Andrei Muresianu is an Analyst at Capital World Investors, a division of Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based investment management company. His expertise is focused on investing in Cable, Telecom and Media. Prior to business school, Mr. Muresianu worked as an analyst covering restaurants and business services at SAC Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.
Mr. Muresianu has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Business Economics from Brown University. Mr. Muresianu has taught and tutored children in Boston and Los Angeles and worked as a teaching assistant in economics at Brown University.
Ed Nahmias recently retired as a senior vice president and fixed-income analyst for Capital Research Company with responsibilities for municipal securities. He also was a portfolio counselor for several of the tax exempt bond funds offered by the American Funds. Prior to joining Capital in 1996, Nahmias was a vice president of fixed-income research with Prudential Mutual Funds Investment Management in Newark, N.J.
Nahmias is a trustee of Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple, where he is a member of the executive committee. He is a director of Center Theatre Group, the largest not for profit theatre company in the United States. CTG operates the Ahmanson, Mark Taper and Kirk Douglas theatres. He is currently the co-chair of CTG's education and community outreach committee and is a member of the executive committee. He also is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, and the Society of Municipal Analysts.
Cotton On USA, Inc
Mark Pan is the head of the US division of Cotton On Group, a global fashion retailer founded in Geelong, Australia in 1991. Cotton On USA currently operates over 120 stores in 13 states with plans for continued growth. Mark is a veteran of the retail industry, having served many years with the Gap, Target and Macy's holding various positions including Regional Director, Vice President/General Manager and Merchandise Manager. His extensive experience with Corporate Foundations has led to the development and support of programs that focus on education, youth, families and the arts. Mark graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a BS in Economics, with a concentration in Marketing.
Deloitte & Touche
Jose Sarabia is a senior manager in the Los Angeles office of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Sarabia is responsible for the delivery of assurance and attestation services to firm clients, specializing in the financial services industry. He is primarily involved with the supervision, training, and evaluation of client service professionals in the execution of financial statement audits. Mr. Sarabia graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles, is an active Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and California Society of CPAs.
Glenn A. Sonnenberg
Latitude Management Real Estate Investors
Mr. Sonnenberg serves on the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek—the House of Justice and of Stephen S. Wise Temple. He is a Governor’s appointee to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and as President of the USC Friends of the Libraries (producers of the annual Scripter Award). Glenn is co-chair of the annual USC Law School Forum on Real Estate Law and Business and serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Law School and the College of Letters, Art and Sciences. Glenn was awarded the Bet Tzedek Founder’s Award in 2009 and a USC Alumni Award in 2006.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, B.A. 1977, History, magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, Mr. Sonnenberg also received his J.D. in 1980 from USC. Mr. Sonnenberg began his career as a real estate and finance partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble and Mallory. He coaches middle school debate.
Colleen Sweeney has been employed at Nestlë USA for 15 years and is currently the Director of Talent Acquisition Services. In this role, she is responsible for college recruitment, experienced hiring, succession planning and diversity. Ms. Sweeney and her Talent Acquisition Services team are responsible for attracting and retaining top talent at Nestlë USA. Since joining the company in 1992 as a College Recruitment Consultant, Ms. Sweeney has served in a variety of increasingly important functions throughout the human resources arena. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University, and also completed the Human Resource certification program at University of California, Irvine.
Catalina Joos Vergara
O'Melveny and Myers
Catalina Joos Vergara is a partner in O’Melveny’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Class Actions, Mass Torts, and Insurance Litigation Practice. Catalina specializes in crafting perceptive and responsive solutions to complex, multidistrict disputes. Catalina is also a skilled trial lawyer and appellate advocate. Her guidance has helped pharmaceutical, financial services, and insurance companies navigate high-stakes nationwide litigation.
A native Spanish speaker and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, Catalina brings a global perspective to her practice. She has counseled clients facing litigation, government investigations, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act exposure abroad, including in Latin America. She has also devoted significant time to representing Spanish-speaking immigrants pro bono, both before the Ninth Circuit and in immigration courts. Catalina was O’Melveny’s 2012 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.