Board of Trustees
Daniel A. Mazmanian, President
Dan is a professor of Policy, Planning and Development at USC. A leading scholar and publisher in the fields of American politics, environmental policy and policy implementation, he held posts at the University of Michigan, the Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, and the Brookings Institution prior to coming to USC.
Robin M. Kramer, Secretary
Robin has been a creative leader in Los Angeles for four decades, with varied experience in the public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
Robin was Chief of Staff to both Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (2005-2009) and Mayor Richard Riordan (1993-97), the first woman to serve in this post in Los Angeles. She is currently executive director of Reboot and serves as a Senior Advisor for the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. She has held senior leadership posts at the Broad Foundation, the California Community Foundation and Coro.
She is in her third term as chair of the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Pitzer College (BA, Political Studies & Journalism) and she holds an MA in Urban Studies from Occidental College.
Robert A. Eckert, Treasurer
Bob is chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Mattel, Inc., former President and CEO of Kraft Foods, Inc., and member of the distinguished Boards at several for-profit and non-profit organizations and institutions.
Rebecca is the assistant dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Social Sciences. As the school’s senior-ranking staff member, she oversees planning, operations and management for one of the top 50-ranked social sciences schools in the nation. Avila’s professional experience crosses into the public and nonprofit sectors and includes stints as the Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, Chief Operating Officer for the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Assistant Dean for the UCI School of Law, and Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Active in the community, Ávila currently also serves on the boards of Democracy 21, and the USC Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. In the past her board service has included the National Governing Board of Common Cause, the Southern California ACLU, the Los Angeles League of Women Voters, and the Public Law Center of Orange County. Ávila is a University of California alumna who earned her bachelor’s in political science and emphasis in international relations at the Santa Barbara campus. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.
A photographer, speaker, and television consulting producer since 2002. He has published six photo books, gives speeches and presentations on his photography and on career change, and has been the consulting producer for television shows, The Closer and The D.A. Previously served as the Los Angeles County District Attorney for eight years and was a member of that office for 32 years. He was President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission for four years.
Enrique Hernandez, Jr.
President and CEO of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. Headquartered in Pasadena, CA, Inter-Con is a provider of security services to local, state, federal and foreign governments, as well as major corporations on four continents.
Morenike “Nike” Irvin
Morenike “Nike” Irvin serves as Managing Director of the Civil Society Fellowship. Nike founded ZWN, Inc. a consultancy and coaching practice serving charitable foundations dedicated to social justice after leading California Community Foundation’s (CCF) grantmaking as VP Programs for six years. Before joining CCF, Nike served as president of The Riordan Foundation for seven years. She also serves as trustee for the Durfee Foundation, SoCal Grantmakers, Nonprofit Finance Fund, The Broad Center at Yale SOM, as well as past trustee on the board of The Riordan Foundation.
Joseph Tomás Mckellar
Joseph Tomás Mckellar is Executive Director of PICO California, the largest faith-based organizing network in the state, whose mission is to catalyze faith-based and spiritually-centered people power in Los Angeles and across California to create systemic change for the most vulnerable so that all Californians can belong and thrive. In his role, Joseph provides strategic leadership to 10 multi-faith, multi-racial community organizations representing 450,000 Californians, and accompanies a talented staff team running power building and leadership programs for 2,500 grassroots volunteers. Previously, Joseph founded and directed Faith in New York and Faith in the Valley, and worked as a teacher in Boston with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Joseph was born in Whittier, California and is a first-generation college graduate from the University of San Diego.
Gilbert T. Ray
Retired partner, O’Melveny and Myers LLP. Mr. Ray is active in Los Angeles civic affairs, having served on the City Ethics Commission, the Independent Commission on the Los Angeles Police Department (the Christopher Commission), the Central City Association of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Community Development Bank. In 1992, Mr. Ray was named Civil Rights Advocate of the Year by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.