Rahul Marwah | CHAIR
Vice President, Denco Family Inc.
Rahul Marwah, a UCLA alum, is an entrepreneur and developer primarily focused in the real estate, hospitality and tech industries. He is a franchisee of 7 national brands (Denny’s, Popeyes, Subway, 7-Eleven, Marriott, Choice Hotels, Hilton), and his current portfolio boasts approximately 50 properties nationwide, generating $50 Million in annual revenue. He holds several leadership positions in hospitality trade associations, including serving on the board of directors of the Denny’s Franchisee Association, and the Supply Chain Oversight Committee, a 5-person committee that is responsible for overseeing the procurement and distribution of over $600 Million in goods and capital purchases for the entire Denny’s brand.
Alison Kleaver | VICE CHAIR
University Counsel, The California State University (CSU)
Alison Kleaver joined California State University's Office of the General Counsel in February 2017. She is the University Counsel for Humboldt State University and a member of the Human Resources Team. Before joining CSU, Alison was an associate with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where she was a member of the Business Trials Practice Group and Latin America Team. Alison serves on the Board of Governors for California Women Lawyers and has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. Alison graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and co-founded a legal clinic for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Alison lives in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles with her fiancée Jonathan.
Paul Tepper | TREASURER
Executive Director, Western Center on Law & Poverty
Paul Tepper is the Executive Director of Western Center on Law & Poverty. He holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. Mr. Tepper has worked in the Southern California nonprofit community for the majority of his career, focusing on the political, social and economic justice issues that impact low-income Californians. His past work includes overseeing the WCA Development Corporation, the Institute for the Study of Homelessness and Poverty, and Westside Legal Services. Mr. Tepper is an active member of the State Bar of California and in addition to Grand Performances, serves on the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Community Impact Cabinet and the State Bar’s Commission on Access to Justice.
Janet Chung | SECRETARY
Associate, Holland & Knight LLP
Janet Chung is a litigation attorney with Holland & Knight LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation, White Collar Defense and Investigation, and Aircraft Accident Investigation and Litigation Teams. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Janet was an associate with another international firm and served as a reserve deputy city attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Janet received her juris doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and her undergraduate degree from Boston University. Before law school, Janet worked for KTLA/Tribune Broadcasting in Los Angeles. Janet is a native Angeleno and also serves on the Board of Governors for the Korean American Bar Association.
Greg Salter | ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros.
In his role at Warner Bros., Greg supports the business units (Film, Television, Games, DC Entertainment, Consumer Products) in a variety of strategic and business development initiatives, including mergers & acquisitions, strategic investments and growth opportunities. Prior to Warner Bros., Greg worked in the Finance & Corporate Development group at MGM Studios and as an Investment Banking analyst at Jefferies & Company in Los Angeles. Greg received his bachelor’s degree in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from UCLA Anderson.
Jan Fogelman | IMMEDIATE PAST - CHAIR
Jan Fogelman recently retired from City National Bank. She joined the company in 1990, serving as manager of City National’s Brentwood, Westwood and Beverly Hills branches, manager of Premier Banking in Beverly Hills, and as Senior Vice President and Team Leader of Specialty Banking. Prior to CNB, she held positions at various Los Angeles area banks. Jan joined the Grand Performances board in 2009, and served as President from 2013-2015. She also serves on the board of directors of Jewish Vocational Services. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University. Jan lives with her husband, Mitch Fogelman, in Northridge and enjoys the theatre and travel.
Private Wealth Advisor, Union Bank
Simone Branigan is vice president and a senior private wealth advisor for Union Bank in Los Angeles. A 28-year veteran in financial services, she is known for being top in her field at such institutions at City National, Union Bank, Bank of America, Jones Lang La Salle and Deloitte. She has a graduate degree (MBA) from the USC Marshall School of Business, and an undergraduate degree in international government and economics, from UCLA and UC Berkeley. She lives with her husband and two children in Pacific Palisades, CA.
Commissioner, Workforce Investment Board Los Angeles County
Michael Dolphin is the Division Chief of Los Angeles–Ventura Counties Workforce Services Division of the State of California’s Employment Development Department. He has over 30 years of experience in workforce development and employment and training policy and serves on both the Los Angeles City and County Workforce Investment Boards. Over the last several years, he has been a co-producer and co-host of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival and the founding principal and producer of the Jazz Legends of Los Angeles Awards in partnership with the City Council of Los Angeles. He is passionately dedicated to the recognition of the culture and legacy of Central Avenue as a significant era and contributor to the fabric of this city’s history. He is the oldest of the children of John Dolphin, the legendary music entrepreneur who founded Dolphin’s of Hollywood Records Store and the Cash, Money and Hollywood record labels.
General Counsel, The Boeing Company
Jennifer Fisher serves as intellectual property counsel for both Commercial and Government network, space and intelligence programs in the Defense, Space and Security unit at Boeing and it’s subsidiary, Spectrolab. Prior to joining Boeing, Jennifer was General Counsel for Marshall & Swift/Boeckh and began her career as a corporate & securities associate at Mayer Brown LLP. In 2012, Jennifer was honored by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Southern California Chapter as a “Rising Star” and by the City Club on Bunker Hill with the 2012 Woman of the City Club Award. In 2010, Jennifer was named one of the Nation’s Best “Top 40 Lawyers under 40” by the National Bar Association and IMPACT. A native Chicagoan, Jennifer graduated Harvard University with cum laude honors in Government and The University of Chicago Law School.
President, Mark Flaisher Entertainment
Mark Flaisher is a producer of special events ranging from concerts, festivals, product launches, and grand openings to corporate and civic events. Mark has extensive history in the creation and production of major festivals including GLOW Santa Monica, Pasadena Tournament of Roses Fanfest Village, Los Angeles Times Kid City Festival at the Rose Bowl and as the founding producer of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (1996-2009). In 2012, Mark produced the Grand Opening of Grand Park in Downtown L.A.
Real Estate Agent, Crosby Doe Associates
A Westside native, Deborah Glusker lived in Paris for 27 years, where she raised her children and ran her own art gallery, before returning to Los Angeles 17 years ago. Deborah is now a real estate agent affiliated with Crosby Doe Associates and specializing in the sale of architectural and historic properties. With a passion for travel, arts, food, wine and music, she actively supports many arts organizations in Los Angeles, but Grand Performances is her real passion – bringing quality performing arts to all Angelenos!
Founder, OmniWorks L.L.C.
Brent Imai is the founder of OmniWorks, a business incubator providing strategic services for startup and growth stage companies led by women and minority entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. Previously, Brent worked in the entertainment industry, most recently as head of content development for AT&T. Brent is active in the startup and innovation ecosystem in LA and is a member of Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels which invest in early stage companies. He is a graduate of UCLA and is an avid supporter of local arts organizations including LACMA, MOCA, and LAND.
Program Coordinator, Friendship with Cambodia
Karen Molleson, a native New Yorker, has worked in sculpture conservation and in various curatorial departments at The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collections administration at The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and as a project manager at the exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates. She is currently a program coordinator for a humanitarian organization focused on rural development and women’s empowerment in Cambodia.
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Howard J. Rubinroit is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Los Angeles office, having merged his firm with Sidley in April 1987. He is an experienced litigator, who has tried, among others, numerous complex business, contract, partnership, malpractice matters and real estate disputes in federal and state courts in several jurisdictions, and before arbitration tribunals. Mr. Rubinroit is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in Commercial Litigation.
Jared Seltzer is a native Angeleno and filmmaker who has worked on a range of commercial spots, Hollywood studio films, and international documentaries. Recent clients include Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, and Nestlé. Jared is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, where he studied directing and screenwriting, and he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study film in New Zealand.
Tara L. Taylor
Executive Vice President, Dickerson Insurance Services, Inc.
As a member of the executive leadership team at Dickerson Insurance Services, Tara specializes in financial management, human resources and leading strategic relationships. Previously she served as COO for Community Financial Resource Center, a public-benefit, regional, private economic development financial institution. A graduate of Wellesley College, this Denver native went on to receive her MA in Urban Planning from UCLA, and graduate certificate from the USC Marshall School of Business in Real Estate Development and Finance. An avid supporter of non-profits that focus on the arts, education, and economic and social justice, she currently serves on the boards of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce and participates frequently in local politics. Tara lives with her husband Charles and son Quattro along with assorted pets in Baldwin Hills.
Market President, Union Bank
Karim joined Union Bank in August of 2000 and currently is the Market President for Greater Los Angeles Commercial Banking. He is in charge of all banking activities for Union Bank in Greater LA, covering companies with revenues ranging from $15MM to $2B. In 2014, the Los Angeles Business Journal honored Karim as one of the “Most Influential Lenders in L.A.” Karim attended the American University in Paris, where he obtained his Bachelor of Art in International Economics. He moved to the US to attend graduate school, Masters in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from USC. Karim is fluent in English, French, Farsi and Spanish.
Senior Vice President, Media Relations Manager, City National Bank
Debora Vrana is a senior vice president and media relations manager for City National Bank in Los Angeles. A journalist for nearly two decades, Debora was an award-winning business reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of California at Berkeley and has a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York. She is on the Mother’s Guild Board at Loyola High School and lives in the Hancock Park area with her husband and two sons.