President's Council

The President's Council at Cal State LA was formed in 2015 to engage stakeholders in the future of the University. The President convenes the Council and asks that they contribute their skills and enthusiasm to advancing the Mission, Vision, and Values of Cal State LA. Council members, all external to the University, are appointed by the President to reflect a diversity of experiences, backgrounds, expertise, and relationships with Cal State LA. The Council meets bi-annually to receive updates on University initiatives and plans, and to provide external perspective.

gilbert barajas

Gilbert Barajas
Founder and director of the Periodontal Health Group in Montebello

andrew bicos

Andrew Bicos
Chief engineer for aeromechanics technology and director of enterprise technology strategy for flight sciences and systems engineering at The Boeing Company

Bill Bogaard

Bill Bogaard
Retired, Mayor of Pasadena; chair of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative

Scott Budnick

Scott Budnick
Founder and president of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Elise Buik

Elise Buik
President and chief executive officer of United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Elisa Crystal Callow

Elisa Crystal Callow
Founding director of the Armory Center for the Arts

Steve Cooley

Steve Cooley
Retired, Los Angeles County’s 41st district attorney

Richard D. Cordova

Richard D. Cordova
President emeritis of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Charon D'Aiello-Sandoval

Charon D’Aiello-Sandoval
Retired, director of the Affirmative Action Program Office at Cal State LA

Frank J. De Santis

Frank J. De Santis
Entrepreneur, founding president of the Harbor UCLA Medical Research Institute for 35 years

Arturo Delgado

Arturo Delgado
Retired, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

Victor Dominguez

Victor Dominguez
Executive vice president and chief mission advancement officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

Maria Elena Durazo

María Elena Durazo
General vice president for immigration, diversity and civil rights for UNITE HERE labor union

Sandra Figueroa Villa

Sandra Figueroa-Villa
Executive director of El Centro del Pueblo in Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Commissioner

Marshal Geller

Marshal Geller
Co-founder and managing partner of St. Cloud Capital, LLC

Mark Steven Greenfield

Mark Steven Greenfield
Artist and former arts administrator with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Ana Guerrero

Ana Guerrero
Chief of Staff to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Helen Hernandez

Helen Hernandez
President and founder of the Imagen Foundation and executive producer of the Imagen Awards

John Huerta

John Huerta
Co-founder of the National Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

Carlos Illingworth

Carlos Illingworth
Director of public affairs and communications for Coca-Cola North America

Jesse Juarros

Jesse Juarros
Chief information officer for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
Legendary tennis player and founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Women’s Tennis Association

Arthur T. Leahy

Arthur T. Leahy
Chief executive officer of Metrolink

Kate Lear

Kate Lear
Writer, theater producer and philanthropist

David C. Lizarraga

David C. Lizárraga
Chair and founder of the TELACU Education Foundation

Michael Lucki

Michael A. Lucki
Certified public accountant and managing director for Lucki Advisors, LLC

Capri Maddox

Capri Maddox
Special assistant city attorney and senior advisor to Los Angeles City Attorney Michael N. Feuer

Gary Matus

Gary J. Matus
Managing director of RSR Partners

Omel Nieves

Omel Nieves
Senior shareholder, chief operating officer and name partner of Hunt, Ortmann, Palffy, Nieves, Darling & Mah, Inc. law firm

Tam O'Shaughnessy

Tam O’Shaughnessy
President and chief executive officer of Sally Ride Science

George Pla

George L. Pla
President, chief executive officer and founder of Cordoba Corporation

Terrence Roberts

Terrence J. Roberts
Chief executive officer of Terrence Roberts Consulting and member of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957

David Sandoval

David Sandoval
Retired, director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Cal State LA

Eva Stern

Eva Stern
Clinical social worker and philanthropist

Ralph M Terrazas

Ralph M. Terrazas
Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department

John J. Tracy

John J. Tracy
Retired, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering, operations and technology of The Boeing Company

Nat Trives

Nat Trives
Former mayor of Santa Monica and professor emeritus of criminal justice at Cal State LA

Gilbert Vasquez

Gilbert R. Vasquez
Managing partner of Vasquez & Company LLP certified public accounting firm

Linda Wah

Linda Wah
Elected trustee on the Board of Pasadena City College

Mark E. Whitlock, JR.

Mark E. Whitlock, Jr.
Pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church in Orange County

Kevin Xu

Kevin Xu
CEO of MEBO International

Willie Zuniga

Willie Zuniga
President of Grifols Biologicals Inc.