BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“We are reminded constantly of the power of what our organization does and has done for more than three and a half 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.
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.
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.
Pedro J. Martí is a Private Wealth Financial Advisor and Managing Director-Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors.
Mr. Martí is a former Board Member of Amanecer Community Counseling Services.
Mr. Martí holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory Goizueta Business School, concentrating in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Financial Services, and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Tom Masenga is a partner in the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Mr. Masenga has more than 35 years of experience representing pension funds and their separate account advisors, commingled funds, banks, life insurance companies, private equity funds, REITs and other institutional real estate investors and lenders.
Mr. Masenga has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate law by Chambers USA and Legal 500. In 2013, he was named one of the Daily Journal’s Top Real Estate Lawyers. 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 real estate investment and financing.
Mr. Masenga received Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Loyola Law School.
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 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.
Mr. Pan received a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Marketing 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.
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).
John Wasley is a Consultant at executive search firm Spencer Stuart and a member of the firm’s Financial Services, Real Estate, Private Equity and Board practices. John focuses on C-level positions in the financial services and real estate sectors, and on board roles across a variety of industries. During his nearly 20 years in executive search, John has represented a wide range of private, public and private equity-backed companies. He has worked on assignments in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Mr. Wasley’s lengthy career in real estate spans over 30 years, starting as one of the founders of Wedgewood Investment Corporation, followed by serving as the founder of Wedgewood Development Corporation. He has held positions at Southern California Savings, its subsidiary PPCCP, Russell Reynolds Associates’ Los Angeles office, Heidrick & Struggles as a Partner in the Financial Services and Real Estate practices, and Caldwell Partners as a Partner and Shareholder.
In 2001, Mr. Wasley was appointed by the White House to serve as an Appointed Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. He serves on several boards, including the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Jerome’s Furniture in San Diego, the Episcopal School of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Business Council, Chrysalis, and My Friends Place. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and a Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
Mr. Wasley received a B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.