Board of Directors & Trustees
Board of Directors
|Frank Reddick, Chair||Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP||Bio|
|Margie Armona||Certified Public Accountant||Bio|
|Carlos Bermudez||Partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld||Bio|
|Randy Bishop||Managing Partner, BearTree Partners||Bio|
|Mel Carlisle||Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management||Bio|
|Phil Feder||Global Real Estate Partner||Bio|
|Josh Goldin||Co-founder & Managing Partner of Alliance Consumer Growth||Bio|
|Lynn Jacobson||Advisory Board of Teach for America, Los Angeles.||Bio|
|E.J. Kavounas||Managing Partner and Founder, Miramac Capital||Bio|
|Heather Lord||SVP, Head of Strategy & Innovation at American Funds; Capital Group||Bio|
|Julie Miller||Partner, Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP||Bio|
|Norma Parraz||Founder and CEO of EduconX, LLC||Bio|
|Luis Rodriguez||Attorney, Office of Los Angeles County Public Defender||Bio|
|Martha Karsh, Chair of Trustees||Attorney; Co-Founder, Clark & Karsh||Bio|
|Marcus Allen||NFL Hall-of-Famer||Bio|
|Erika Glazer||Activist Philanthropist||Bio|
|Cassandra H. Grey||Brand Consultant and Entrepreneur||Bio|
|Nancy Marks||Portrait Artist and Author||Bio|
|Don McCammack||Retired; Former President, Avis Rent a Car||Bio|
|Palmer Murray||President and Co-Managing Partner, Lourd Capital Management||Bio|
|Chet Pipkin||Chairman of the Board, Belkin International, Inc.||Bio|
|Blair H. Taylor||CEO, My Brother's Keeper Alliance||Bio|
About Our Board Members and Trustees
Margie Armona is a Certified Public Accountant who previously held a position at KPMG and was the Finance Director for the City of Paramount. Currently, she is self-employed and manages real estate assets. She is an East LA native and a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. As a former high school student of the famed Jaime Escalante, she understands the importance of high-quality teachers and believes in the power of education to transform lives. Ms. Armona earned a college degree in accounting from Cal State University, Los Angeles. She volunteers and advocates for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Orange County and Cavalier Rescue USA pet adoption services. Ms. Armona currently resides in Orange County with her husband and three children. She enjoys traveling and reading.
Carlos Bermudez is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and has more than 15 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities representations. Mr. Bermudez represents a diverse array of clients in acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, and cross-border and similar transactions. He also has broad experience in corporate finance, securities,general corporate matters, and corporate aspects of financial restructuring. Mr. Bermudez is currently a member of the firm’s diversity and pro bono committees and was named a top 40 Under 40 M&A Advisor on the West Coast by M&A Advisor in 2012. He received his BA from Princeton University and his JD from Stanford University Law School. He is a member of the California Bar.
Randy Bishop is a Managing Partner at BearTree Partners, and President of ContractSafe.com. From 2008 to 2015, he was the CEO of Verengo Solar. Previously, he worked at Intuit, where he was business manager for the Basic Payroll business. At Intuit, he headed Product Management for Quicken.com and QuickenLoans. He was also a principal at Remy Investors, VP and General Manager at SMC, and has served on the boards of several public companies and non-profits. He is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Bishop received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Mel Carlisle has been a Managing Director and Head of the Distressed Debt Fund Accounting Team at Oaktree Capital Management since 2006. He joined Oaktree in 1995. Prior thereto, Mr. Carlisle was a manager in the Client and Fund Reporting Department of The TCW Group, Inc. Previously, he was employed in the Financial Services Group of Price Waterhouse. Mr. Carlisle received a B.A. degree in economics and accounting from Claremont McKenna College. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Josh Goldin is co-founder and Managing Partner of Alliance Consumer Growth (ACG), a growth equity fund which provides capital and value-added partnership to the most promising emerging consumer, retail and restaurant companies. Notable brands that ACG has partnered with as an early-stage investor include Shake Shack (subsequently completed an IPO as NYSE: SHAK), Suja Juice (acquired by Coca-Cola), KRAVE Jerky (acquired by Hershey), EVOL Foods (acquired by Boulder Brands), barkTHINS (acquired by Hershey), Babyganics (acquired by SC Johnson), PDQ Restaurants, Tata Harper Skincare and Tender Greens, among others. Josh has served a board member of several of ACG’s partner companies. In 2015, ACG was recognized as one of America’s “Top 25 Growth Equity Investment Firms” across all industries. Josh has been named to Fortune Magazine’s “40-Under-40” list, and Forbes listed him among America’s “Most Influential ‘Kingmakers’ in “Consumer & Retail”. Josh received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wesleyan University. He and his wife have two children and reside in Los Angeles, CA.
Philip Feder is a partner and former chair of the Global Real Estate practice of Paul Hastings. Mr. Feder has extensive experience in the areas of acquisitions of debt instruments, real property financing, acquisitions, workouts and restructurings, together with international joint venture transactions. His experience also includes the documentation of new real estate lending techniques, together with the representation of real estate developers in leasing, purchase and sale, and other development transactions. Mr. Feder is consistently ranked for California Real Estate by Chambers USA, has been recognized as one of 2011’s Real Estate Dealmakers of the Year by the Daily Journal, and was noted as one of the Top Real Estate Lawyers by the Legal Media Group. Currently, Mr. Feder serves on the board of the charitable organization A Community of Friends with a mission to end homelessness. He graduated with honors from Stanford University and received his JD from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the California and New York Bars.
Lynn Jacobson received her BA in Broadcast Management from the USC School of Journalism. Ms. Jacobson began her career at WVOX-WRTN radio in New York. Moving to television, she joined the CBS television network and was relocated to Los Angeles. In Los Angeles she held the position of Associate Director, Movies for Television at CBS. Ms. Jacobson then became the VP of Television Development at Orion Television. Ms. Jacobson completed 13 years on the Board of Trustees of the Brentwood School; two as Vice Chair and two as Chair of the Board; Ms. Jacobson remains the longest serving Trustee in the history of Brentwood School. Ms. Jacobson previously served four years on the Grant Screening Board of the EveryChild Foundation, where she was a founding member. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the Mar Vista Family Center. Currently, Ms. Jacobson serves on the Advisory Board of Teach for America - Los Angeles. She has three children and lives in Santa Monica with her husband, Craig. Ms. Jacobson is also an avid runner, skier, and stand-up paddle boarder.
E.J. Kavounas is a Managing Partner and Founder at Miramac Capital, a Commercial Real Estate credit fund based in Los Angeles focused on bridge lending. He has over 17 years of finance experience including Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse where he worked for 11 years primarily in Real Estate and CMBS originations having closed $10 Billion in transactions. Prior to this he worked at Houlihan, Lokey, Howard and Zukin in Corporate Finance. He has also been a Strategy Consultant at PWC and worked in finance at The Walt Disney Company in real estate. Mr. Kavounas received his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Middlebury College where he graduated cum laude. After college, Mr. Kavounas spent a year as a volunteer teacher in Thailand with WorldTeach.
Heather Lord is the SVP and Head of Strategy & Innovation at American Funds with Capital Group. She holds a PhD in applied statistics and psychology from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in statistics from Cornell University. Heather moved to Los Angeles and joined Capital Group in 2016. Previously, she worked at Boston Consulting Group and Charles Schwab. Heather has also worked as a strategic consultant in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration in New York City, focused on education issues. She currently serves on the boards of MindsMatter (college access), LA’s Best (after school enrichment), and Center for Children’s Initiatives (child development)
Julie Miller co-leads the Business Management and Family Office practice at HCVT LLP, which provides personalized family office, business management, and tax services. Prior to joining HCVT, Ms. Miller was a partner in the business management firm of Kaufman, Bernstein, Oberman, Tivoli & Miller, LLC. Ms. Miller began her career at Gelfand, Breslauer, Rennert and Feldman, CPAs. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on accounting and finance. Ms. Miller is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, she serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. Ms. Miller was President of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and was recently elected as a lifetime honorary trustee. She is also ending her tenure on the board and the executive board of Vista Del Mar. Ms. Miller has been a KIPP LA board member since June 2015, and she serves on the Finance Committee. Ms. Miller chairs HCVT’s Community Service Committee.
Frank Reddick is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and has more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and public company representations. Mr. Reddick is a Practice Manager of the firm’s corporate practice and serves on its Policy and Planning Committee and Management Committee. He is principally engaged in the practice of corporate and securities law, with a concentration on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. He advises clients in a wide range of industries, including the media, entertainment, and gaming industries. Mr. Reddick received his BA with high honors and great distinction from California State University at San Jose in 1977 and his JD in 1980 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif. He is a member of the California Bar.
Luis Rodriguez is a native born Angeleno. At the age of two, his parents moved to Mexico. The Rodriguez family lived in Mexico for approximately nine years. Thereafter, they moved back to the city of Los Angeles where he attended local public schools. Luis is the first in his family to graduate from college, and first to attend law school. In 1989, he received his B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University. Since 1994, Luis has been an attorney with the Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. He has tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. He has worked in the Juvenile Division where he fought in assuring that minors in need of special education, regional center assistance, and mental health services received these services. Additionally, he served as Special Counsel to then Public Defender, Michael P. Judge. As Special Counsel, he served as an advisor to and liaison of Mr. Judge. In 2013, Luis was sworn in as the 89th President of the State Bar of California. Luis is the first Latino and the first Public Defender President of the State Bar. Luis has taken leadership roles throughout the years as President of the L.A. County Mexican American Bar Assoc., President of the California La Raza Lawyers Assoc., and member of the California State Board of Education. Luis’ commitment to social justice can be traced back to his family and childhood. Both of his parents were Mexican immigrants. His father had a third-grade education and his mother a high school education. His family faced issues dealing with substance abuse and domestic violence along with the perils of being an immigrant family. Because of the obstacles that he faced and the support that he received from many, Luis committed himself to being a voice for those who have no voice. In 2014, Luis was honored by the California legal publication, the Daily Journal, as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in CA. He also received the Stanley Mosk Defender of Justice Award by the California Supreme Court’s Judicial Council. Currently, he sits on U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Evaluation Committee for the Central District and also on the Executive Advisory Committee to U.C Irvine Law School Dean, Erwin Chemerinsky. Recently, he joined the Board for the California Bar Foundation. Luis and his wife have two school aged daughters.
Norma Parraz is the Founder and CEO of EduconX, LLC. Ms. Parraz is a social entrepreneur with over 25 years experience representing business, government, and non-profit sectors. Her track record includes accelerating multicultural business initiatives locally and nationally through an ever-expanding network and strategic partnerships. Most recently, Ms. Parraz launched innovative Education Technology initiatives connecting home and school via mobile applications to support student success. These Tech tools foster stronger communication by offering multi-language options for end-users. Ms. Parraz past professional experience includes, legislative and public policy work in the nation’s capital followed by a presidential appointment under the Clinton Administration. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and a Ford Foundation Public Policy Fellow. Her current community engagements include: serving on the Phoenix Police Community Advisory Board, the Phoenix Film Foundation Board, the Latino Donor Collaborative Advisory Council, and the Dominguez Dream Foundation.
Marcus Allen, a University of Southern California standout and Heisman Trophy winner, was the tenth player selected in the 1982 National Football League Draft, playing 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. Considered one of the game’s best goal line and short-yardage runners, Mr. Allen began his pro career as the NFL Rookie of the Year and ended as the game’s all-time rushing touchdown leader. During his 11 seasons with the Raiders, he was named to the Pro Bowl six times, and earned Superbowl XVIII MVP honors when the Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9. In 1995, Mr. Allen made NFL history when he became the first player in league history to rush for over 10,000 yards and catch passes for 5,000 more. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. A dedicated supporter of disadvantaged children, Mr. Allen has worked with All Stars Helping Kids to raise nearly $500,000 over the last three years in support of educational programs in Los Angeles.
Erika Glazer is a passionate activist philanthropst. Ms. Glazer has served on numerous boards of directors including the Israel Museum, United Jewish Federation, several private schools in the Los Angeles area, and the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Her experiences living and traveling throughout Peru, Latin America, Western Europe, Africa, and Asia have provided her with a special appreciation for her life and a dedication to help others less fortunate. Among the many projects to which Ms. Glazer has dedicated herself are helping build several low-income homeless shelters throughout Los Angeles, establishing college scholarships to enable disadvantaged students in Los Angeles to attend California State University Los Angeles, underwriting capital projects, and funding scholarships for former Israeli combat soldiers who otherwise would be unable to attend college.
Cassandra H. Grey is the founder and creative director of the Los Angeles-based boutique-creative agency, StudioCHG, which specializes in developing non-traditional marketing and advertising strategies for fashion and beauty brands. Ms. Grey and her husband, Mr. Brad Grey, CEO of Paramount Pictures, are passionate supporters of KIPP and have visited numerous schools within KIPP’s Los Angeles network. They are fervently dedicated to increasing awareness for the program within their own community and beyond.
Martha L. Karsh, an attorney, has practiced law, formed an architecture/design/development firm and done extensive non-profit work. In 1998, Ms. Karsh founded the Karsh Family Foundation with Bruce Karsh, President of Oaktree Capital Management and her spouse of 32 years, focusing primarily on supporting education. To date, the Karshes and their Foundation have made gifts and pledges of over $150 million, supporting scholarship and education at all levels. Their largest gifts have been for financial aid at Duke, Penn, Brown and Virginia Law School, as well as for KIPP and Teach for America. Currently, Ms. Karsh serves on the Boards of the KIPP Foundation, the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, Common Sense Media and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation; she also chairs the Advisory Board of KIPP LA. Ms. Karsh graduated from Virginia Law School (J.D. 1981) and the University of Virginia (B.A. 1978), and has three children – Katie, an Education Associate with Common Sense Media; Jeffrey, an Analyst with Canyon Capital Realty Advisors; and Michael, a junior at Brown University.
Palmer Murray is an Executive Director of Morgan Stanley's Private Wealth Management Division in Los Angeles. A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Murray attended the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics. Previously, Mr. Murray worked for Vice President George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C. and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Relocating to Los Angeles in 1990, Mr. Murray earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He then joined Trust Company of the West in the Private Client Services Division where he remained for five years as a Senior Vice President before joining Morgan Stanley. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Marlborough School and is Vice President and Treasurer of the Otis Booth Foundation.
Don McCammack, now retired, was President of Avis Rent a Car in Southern California from 1983 to 1997. He began his career at Arthur Young and Company, then joined Avis in Southern California, serving as its Controller and Vice President of Finance before being promoted to President. Mr. McCammack is a longtime KIPP LA volunteer and supporter: he runs the Career Guest Speaker Program at KIPP Academy of Opportunity. In addition to his work with KIPP LA, he currently is a Friend of St. Raphael Elementary School. In the past, he served as a Board member of the Pacific Outward Bound School and as Chairman of the St. Michael’s Elementary School Development Council. A longtime Los Angeles resident, Mr. McCammack received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.
Judge William A. Norris is a senior counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He served as a business litigator for 25 years and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit for 17 years. During his career on the bench, Judge Norris wrote landmark opinions in many areas, including securities, tax, class action litigation, election law, and the First Amendment. Judge Norris is the founding president of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His career highlights also include serving as president of the Los Angeles Police Commission on appointment by Mayor Tom Bradley, and as a member of the California State Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of California State University on appointment by Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown. In 2002 he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Judge Norris received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and executive editor of the Stanford Law Review. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.
Blair Hamilton Taylor is Chief Community Officer for Starbucks Coffee Company. Previously, Mr. Taylor was the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, a position he held from 2005-12. The League is an affiliate of one of the nation's leading civil rights organizations with offices in more than 100 cities. With a staff of over 300 and a budget in excess of $25 million, the 88-year-old Los Angeles Urban League is one of America's largest civil rights entities. Mr. Taylor is a visionary leader, community servant and coalition builder with nearly twenty five years of public and private sector business experience. A Los Angeles resident for more than two decades, Mr. Taylor was born in New York as the third of five children. He learned the value of higher education at a young age. His father earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his law degree from NYU; his mother earned her bachelor's degree cum laude from Smith College and her masters from Yale University. These were significant achievements for African Americans of their era. More importantly, both parents were tireless community servants and instilled in their five sons a passion for advancing causes of the less fortunate. Prior to joining the LA Urban League, Mr. Taylor served as Executive Vice President of College Summit, a national college access initiative with a track record of nearly doubling the college enrollment rates of low income students. During his tenure, College Summit achieved the fastest growth in the organization's history, quadrupling its student outreach to more than 6,000 students in 2005.