Board of Directors
“We are reminded constantly of the power of what our organization does and has done
for more than four decades to help the neediest children in our city.”
-Marjorie Lewis, Board Chair
Board Chair Marjorie Ehrich Lewis currently serves as Senior Advisor to Los Altos, California-based Beepi, Inc., which is online peer to peer marketplace for the sale of high-end used vehicles. Ms. Lewis retired from Gibson Dunn in December 2015, following a 35-year career as a commercial litigator. Ms. Lewis joined the firm in 1981 following a clerkship with Judge Warren Ferguson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 1988, Ms. Lewis became a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office. During her tenure, she served on the Firm’s Executive and Management Committees and as the Partner-In-Charge of the Los Angeles and Century City Offices.
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 the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.
Ms. Lewis graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University and earned a Juris Doctor from New York University, where she was a member of the New York University Law Review.
Cathy Hession started her career in Youth Development with the YMCA, followed by a career in operations and marketing for Sizzler restaurants. Her love for non-profit work led her to become President of The Carol and James Collins Foundation, a position she has held since 1998. The foundation is working to improve the status of children, youth, and families in Los Angeles County, with a particular focus on K-12 education and college access.
Ms. Hession served on the Board of Southern California Grantmakers from 2008-14, as well as on the Board of Advisors for The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy for the past 12 years. In addition to her foundation work, she is past Board Chair and 30-year board member of the Westside Family YMCA and an 18-year board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.
Ms. Hession received her BA in English from USC in 1973 and her MBA from UCLA Anderson in 1986.
Ronnie Roy is counsel at Richardson & Patel, LLP. His practice encompasses advising early stage companies from formation to startup financing, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements, securities law and corporate governance. Mr. Roy’s clients span a myriad of industries including digital/new media, e-commerce, mobile gaming/mobile applications, entertainment, hospitality, pharmaceutical, high-tech and telecommunications companies. Additionally, Mr. Roy represents public and private companies and their boards in connection with a broad range of increasingly complex securities law, corporate governance and related matters.
Mr. Roy is an active member of the South Asian Bar Association.
Mr. Roy graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law.
Sandra Aispuro comes to Para Los Niños with over 21 years of experience in the financial community banking industry and a passion for volunteering for organizations that support underserved communities. She currently serves as Vice President Branch Manager at Broadway Federal Bank in Los Angeles. Prior to this role, Ms. Aispuro served as Vice President Branch Manager at OneWest Bank in Pacific Palisades and Assistant Vice President Relationship Manager at First Federal Bank of California in Los Angeles.
Ms. Aispuro has previously served Para Los Niños as a member of our Student and Community Services Workgroup. She has also served as an Outreach and Credit Builders committee member for Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI), has supported low-income families with tax preparation for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), and provided guidance for residents to become U.S. Citizens through the NALEO Educational Fund. Ms. Aispuro is also heavily involved with the communities of various organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Junior Achievement (LAUSD), No Limits, Families in Schools, and Parents Against Cancer.
Ms. Aispuro’s drive to be involved in the community comes from being born and raised in a low-income minority neighborhood by a single mother. Her family benefited from similar social and community programs and knows first-hand how impactful and necessary these programs are for the community. In spite of all the challenges, Ms. Aispuro has been able to build a successful banking career over the last 21 years.
Lorraine Prieto Berchtold‘s career spanned thirteen years of corporate experience in consulting, strategic planning and brand marketing with Peterson & Company Consulting, PepsiCo and the Walt Disney Company prior to making the decision to retire to raise her children. Ms. Berchtold now has fourteen years of volunteer experience that includes committee and board/council work for non-profit organizations. She has served on the boards of Westside Neighborhood School, Harvard-Westlake Parent Association, and the National Charity League. Presently, Ms. Berchtold is Past Board Chair and a five-year member of the Common Sense Media Los Angeles Advisory Council. As a second-generation American of Latino descent, Ms. Berchtold has a keen interest in addressing the needs of the Latino community and has focused her time at CS primarily on the ongoing strategic development of their national and local Latino initiatives.
Ms. Berchtold received a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and an MBA in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1993.
Bill Burton is a renowned political and communications strategist who has served as a senior adviser to political leaders, corporations and nonprofits in California, Washington, D.C., and around the country. In California, Bill and his colleagues have experience consulting on political, litigation and public affairs projects of all different scales, working with everyone from individuals to some of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Bill was one of the earliest hires on President Obama’s first presidential campaign where he was the national press secretary beginning in January 2007. He served in the Obama administration as deputy White House press secretary and special assistant to the president. In that capacity, he traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, advising the president, briefing reporters both on Air Force One and at the podium in the White House briefing room. After leaving the White House, Bill co-founded and served as senior strategist for the super PAC Priorities USA Action during President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.
During the 2006 electoral cycle, in which Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, Bill worked as Rahm Emanuel’s communications director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Before that, Bill served as a communications adviser to Democratic Leader Rep. Dick Gephardt, Senators John Kerry and Tom Harkin and others.
Most recently Bill has served as an advisor to Senator Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign and has worked with leading trial attorneys to build successful messaging campaigns around important cases and issue areas.
Since 2015, Bill has made Santa Barbara his home with his wife Kelly Ward Burton and two
Rick J. Caruso is founder and chief executive officer of Caruso, one of the largest, privately-held real estate companies in the US. A native of Los Angeles, Mr. Caruso has been an active civic leader for three decades, serving as a Commissioner for the L.A. Department of Water and Power and President of the L.A. Board of Police Commissioners.
Through the Caruso Family Foundation, he is heavily involved with not only Para Los Niños, but other organizations that better the lives of at-risk children and their families, including Operation Progress, St. Lawrence of Brindisi School (K-8), and Verbum Dei High School.
Caruso was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the University of Southern California. He also serves as the Chair of the Board of Loyola High School, and is on the Board of Advisors of Pepperdine School of Law, and on the Boards for The Irvine Company, St. John’s Hospital, The California Medical Center, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation. Most recently, he endowed the Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish Church at USC.
Rick Caruso earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor as a Margaret Martin Block Scholar from Pepperdine University.
Susan Scheiber Edelman had a professional career as a litigation attorney at the Los Angeles law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher prior to making the decision to leave the practice to raise her three daughters, who are students at Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Marlborough School.
Mrs. Scheiber Edelman was a member of the Board of AYSO Region 76 Soccer for ten years, and has been an active volunteer at both Marlborough School, where she served as Parent Association Co-President, and the Center for Early Education, where she chaired numerous committees over many years. She and her husband, Scott, who is a partner at Gibson Dunn, are involved in the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights.
Mrs. Scheiber Edelman received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and clerked for Federal District Court Judge A. Wallace Tashima.
Jim Gilio is a Partner at Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern, LLP, representing talent (actors, directors, producers, writers) in all entertainment-related matters, including negotiations with studios and independent financing and production companies. He previously held positions as an Associate at Myman Greenspan and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in Los Angeles.
Mr. Gilio’s political experience includes working as a Legislative Aide with the California Legislature in the offices of Speaker Bob Hertzberg and Fran Pavley. He also worked in Vice President Joe Biden’s office during the first Obama Administration as White House Press Secretary for the Recovery Act. Prior to that, he was Deputy Creative Director for the Obama Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the Paid Media and Polling Coordinator for the Obama for America Campaign. In 2008, Mr. Gilio was Co-Chair of the Bet Tzedek Justice Ball.
Mr. Gilio received a B.A. in Government with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Redlands and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Andrew Herreria is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at ViacommCBS. Herreria is a Global Human Resources executive with a 30-year career spanning across diverse industry (entertainment, advertising/media, retail, gaming and venture capital). Herreria is a graduate of the University of La Verne, La Verne CA and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management. Herreria has close to 30 years working with large domestic and international brands such as Twentieth Century Fox, Virgin, Interpublic Group of Companies across 20+ countries. Herreria is the former Co-chair of Twentieth Century Fox’s Latino Diversity & Inclusion group and partnered with Para Los Niños on programs and fundraising events over the years. Herreria lives in Whittier with his wife and their three boys.
Benjamin Kramer is an agent in the Film Finance & Sales Group at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Los Angeles. He has been deeply involved in the packaging, financing, and sale of such independently financed films as The Revenant, Birdman, Sicario, John Wick, Mud, End Of Watch, The Sessions, Begin Again, Dumb & Dumber Two, Drinking Buddies, Blood Ties, Bad Words, Sing Street, and American Honey, among many others.
Prior to joining CAA in 2005, Mr. Kramer was at the William Morris Agency. In 2012, he was named one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” by Variety.
Mr. Kramer graduated from Wesleyan University with degrees in Political Science and Film Studies.
Josh Ludmir is an attorney in the Entertainment and Media group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. His practice focuses on representing talent and media companies in a wide array of transactions in the digital, TV, music, advertising, and motion picture industries. He advises clients in deals involving all aspects of content development, production and distribution; branding, marketing and promotions; data/privacy, and other related matters across various media and platforms. Josh’s experience includes seven years in-house at Participant Media, where he oversaw business and legal affairs for the company’s digital, marketing, and social impact divisions, and for its short-form digital content arm, SoulPancake. He started his legal career at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCloy, LLP in the Project Finance/Renewable Energy group. Prior to practicing law, Josh once worked as a field reporter for “Let’s Go” Travel Guides in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, and traveled through South America in an old VW bus. Josh received his B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a native Spanish speaker.
Pedro Martí is a Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor with Rockefeller Capital in Los Angeles, California. Pedro and his team develop customized wealth management solutions for high net worth individuals, households, and foundations. After understanding his clients’ financial situation, objectives, values, and family dynamics, Pedro collaborates with specialists to design financial strategies to help clients pursue their short and long term goals. With a passion for people and a love for numbers, Pedro focuses on wealth preservation and creates unique solutions for each family he works with.
Prior to joining Rockefeller, Pedro was a Managing Director and Senior Financial Advisor for Wells Fargo. Growing up, Pedro started washing cars at his family’s car dealerships, worked in the parts department, and eventually joined sales where he built his people skills interacting with customers. Pedro went on to serve as an analyst in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Development team where he advised senior leadership on Mergers & Acquisitions and served as the Chief of Staff for the firm’s COO. Pedro additionally was a member of the Summer Associate Goldman Sachs Sales & Trading Program and developed and implemented a professional development training program for Wells Fargo in the LA Metro Region. Pedro also established a family office in San Juan, Puerto Rico inclusive of Asset Allocation, Real Estate Development, Private Equity, Structured Products, and Education practices to help wealthy families develop and preserve their legacies.
Pedro earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of business and his BBA from the Emory Goizueta School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Financial Services. He stays involved in his community as a Board Member of the Biller Family Foundation, Para Los Niños, Children’s Burn Foundation, & March to the Top Africa. Pedro and his wife also underwrite scholarships for his alma mater in Puerto Rico, Colegio San Ignacio and actively support Children’s Hospital LA, UCLA Health, Teen Cancer America, Union Rescue Mission, Amanecer Counseling Services, and the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools. Pedro and his family have a passion for service to others and currently reside in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.
Murray McQueen is President of Tribune Real Estate Holdings, LLC, (“TREH”), the real estate subsidiary of Tribune Media (NYSE: TRCO). TREH is the ownership entity for Tribune Media’s multi-million square feet of owned real estate. Mr. McQueen is charged with maximizing the long-term value of these assets, which include large urban-infill redevelopment sites in locations such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Costa Mesa, and Florida. He also oversees Tribune Media’s diverse corporate real estate obligations as well as the real estate aspects of the company’s mergers and acquisition activity.
Prior to joining Tribune, Mr. McQueen was Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Channel West Group, a real estate investment and advisory firm based in Los Angeles. He also held positions at Cerberus Capital Management, where for 6 years he was the senior Cerberus real estate professional on the West Coast and shared responsibility for oversight of many aspects of the national real estate portfolio, DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners, the real estate private equity fund of Credit-Suisse First Boston, and Citicorp Real Estate, where he was responsible for underwriting, workouts, and asset management in the United States and Mexico.
Mr. McQueen received a BSC in Economics from Santa Clara University and an MBA in Real Estate Finance from the John E. Anderson School at UCLA.
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 taught and tutored children in Boston and Los Angeles and worked as a teaching assistant in economics at Brown University.
Mr. Muresianu received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Mark Pan is the GM of North America for the Cotton On Group, an Australia-based global retailer. He is also the founder of ACTIIVST, an athletic-streetwear brand that is also a platform for positive social change.
Through volunteerism and corporate foundations, Mark has long advocated for and supported youth, families, and education. In recent years, he has worked to build organizational partnerships that expand the capability of non-profit and cause-based organizations by bringing business-enterprise practices to the sector.
Mr. Pan received a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Walter Parkes is a producer, screenwriter, and former studio executive. He and his wife, Laurie MacDonald, ran the motion pictures division of Dreamworks Studios from its inception in 1997 until 2006. In 2009, Mr. Parkes and Ms. MacDonald formed Parkes-MacDonald ImageNation, a partnership with the Abu Dhabi Media Company for the development and production of films for the international market. The partnership produced a feature-length documentary about Malal a Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl, and activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Additionally, Mr. Parkes and Ms. MacDonald entered into a production deal with NBC/Universal where their first limited series, “Crossbones,” premiered on NBC in 2014.
Mr. Parkes’ films include the “Men In Black” series, “Gladiator,” “Flight,” “Minority Report,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Ring,” “Awakenings,” “The Mask of Zorro,” “Twister,” and “Amistad,” as well as the screen adaptations of “The Kite Runner” and of “Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd,” and many others. In total, films produced or executive produced by Mr. Parkes have grossed over $6B globally. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Writer’s Guild of America, and also serves on the Board of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Parkes received a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Yale University and Master of Arts in Communication from Stanford University.
Rebecca Rich is Chief of Staff to the CEO of Teach For All, a global network whose core purpose is to develop collective leadership to ensure all children can fulfill their potential. A founding staff member of the organization, Rebecca has served in multiple roles at Teach For All – including COO of the organization’s development team and head of their network growth team.
Prior to joining Teach For All, Rebecca was a 2003 Teach For America corps member and founding 6th grade English Language Arts teacher at MS 223 – The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, located in the South Bronx. She has also worked at the New York City Department of Education, the National Governors’ Association’s Center for Best Practices in Education, and the Education Trust. Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Originally from Kingston, Pennsylvania, Rebecca now resides in Santa Monica, California with her husband and two children – ages 6 and 2.
Gabriel Robles comes to Para Los Niños with over 25 years of expertise in the banking industry and over 22 years of community engagement. He currently serves as Managing Director, Community Relationship Manager at First Republic Bank. Prior to this role, Mr. Robles held leadership positions at Cathay Bank, East West Bank, United Commercial Bank, Bank of America, John Hancock Financial Services.
Mr. Robles is very active in the education and non-profit realm previously serving on the Executive Board at the Montebello Rotary Club (Youth Program Chair) and Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Latino Business Association, Arcadia and Montebello Associations of Realtors. He also served on advisory committees of Montebello High School, Wilson High School Occupational and Innercity Struggle (still active),
Mr. Robles received his degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and is bilingual (English/Spanish).
Jose studied Business Administration at California State University Northridge and has been in the financial industry for 20 years. Having held many positions in the field of banking for the last 11 years Jose worked in the mass affluent segment in the Private Banking division of a global bank. Although enthusiastic about financial planning and wealth strategy, his main passion has always been in lending and debt structure. Jose enjoys taking on the challenge of complicated transactions and often succeeds where others are not able to. Jose is a teacher by nature and annually delivers various lectures to high school age youth about financial literacy. He sits on the Board of Managers at the Mid-Valley YMCA, Para Los Ninos, and on the Advisory Board for the Adelante Young Men Conference.
John Wasley is a Senior Managing Director and Head of U.S. Search at Ferguson Partners. During the 23 years of his executive search work, John has served an extensive number of clients in the real estate and financial services sectors. John focuses on C-level positions, Board recruitment, and succession planning, and has represented a wide range of private, public, and private equity-backed companies.
Prior to joining Ferguson Partners, John worked for global executive search firms Spencer Stuart and Heidrick & Struggles within their real estate and financial services practices. John began his career in real estate at Wedgewood Investment Corporation, a Los Angeles-based real estate opportunity fund, and served as its chief financial officer. He entered the banking industry as part of restructuring team to recapitalize and re-charter a $8B California-based thrift, where he led the special assets, loan origination and real estate groups.
John has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He serves on the corporate board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.
Cindy Winebaum had a professional career in the Licensing and Merchandising business for children’s toy properties in New York City prior to making the decision to retire to raise her children. Presently, Ms. Winebaum volunteers her time serving as the co-chair of the grant screening committee of Women Helping Youth, a grant making organization that works with non-profits that help children throughout the Los Angeles area. She has served on the Boards of Seven Arrows Elementary School, the Santa Monica Synagogue, as well as on the Advisory Board for the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. She founded and is Co-Chair of the Friends of Israel Studies.
Ms. Winebaum received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Malin Wong is a Director at Guggenheim Partners Investment Management, LLC, a global investment and advisory firm with expertise in fixed income, equity, alternatives, and advisory solutions. Ms. Wong brings to Para Los Ninos over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to moving to Los Angeles and joining Guggenheim Partners, Ms. Wong spent the majority of her professional career at various investment banks in New York, including Merrill Lynch & Co., Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital and Bank of America.
Ms. Wong graduated from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Specialization in Finance from the Sauder School of Business and is a Leslie Wong Fellow – an alumnus of the Portfolio Management Foundation. Ms. Wong is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Los Angeles.