California Board of Directors
Kevin S. Reed - Board Chair
Vice President and General Counsel, University of Oregon
Kevin Reed is the Vice President and General Counsel for the University of Oregon, and was formerly the Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs at UCLA. A civil rights lawyer by training, prior to UCLA he served as general counsel of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the nation's second largest school district. Prior to joining LAUSD, Reed spent nearly eight years in a boutique litigation firm, which followed six years as the managing attorney for the western regional office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., in Los Angeles. Reed received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his B.A. with distinction, from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the California, New York and Massachusetts state bars.
Jon Goodman - Board Vice Chair & Secretary
Former President, Town Hall Los Angeles
Jon Goodman, past President of Town Hall Los Angeles, has occupied several leadership positions in projects designed to strengthen the Los Angeles region, as well as in academia and business outside of California. Under her leadership, Town Hall Los Angeles became the venue of choice for world leaders in business, politics and culture. Prior to Town Hall, as Director of the EC2 Incubator at University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center, Goodman built and led the nation’s first new media incubator. Before founding EC2, she was the Director of the Entrepreneur Program at USC where she led it to the top-five national rankings. Before relocation to Los Angeles, Goodman served as research professor and founder/Director of the University of Houston/Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center at the Bauer College of Business Administration. She received her PhD in Strategy and Microeconomics from the University of Georgia, and her MBA from the University of Connecticut.
Peter Scranton has been developing early stage venture companies including an entrepreneurial venture partnership in retail marketing and a business service company dedicated to building employee engagement and productivity. Prior to developing venture opportunities, Mr. Scranton worked on client strategy, capital development, community assessment and feasibility and development planning for healthcare and science projects focusing on university and research institutions for Jensen + Partners, a project and construction management firm. Mr. Scranton was a principal in the Atlantic Advisory Group concentrating on strategic alliances, process management and raising capital for high tech and internet companies. Previously, Mr. Scranton developed a company that provided policy analysis via the Web and advised edutainment companies. He earned an M.A.O.M from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University.
Department Chair of Education, UCLA
Louis Gomez is Department Chair of Education at UCLA. He is also Professor of Urban Schooling and Information Studies, and holds the MacArthur Chair in Digital Media and Learning, in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gomez is also a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His research interests encompass Improvement Science in Education, the application of computing and networking technology to teaching and learning, applied cognitive science and human–computer interaction. Gomez holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the SUNY-Stony Brook and the doctorate in cognitive psychology from UC Berkeley.
Chief Financial Officer, Skydance Productions
Larry Wasserman is the Chief Financial Officer for Skydance Productions, a role he has held since 2014. As CFO Wasserman is responsible for all of Skydance's financial, accounting, and administrative operations. Additionally, he supports the analysis and execution of new initiatives across the company. Prior to joining Skydance, Wasserman spent 10 years at DreamWorks Studios, six as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Before joining DreamWorks, Larry spent several years in the Business Development and Strategic Planning group at Universal Pictures, where he managed the deal analysis process and evaluated strategic expansion opportunities, such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and partnerships in both traditional and digital media. Larry began his career at Greenwich Associates, a market research and consulting firm focused on the financial services industry. Wasserman holds an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School. He is a native of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Executive Chairman, CORE Media Group
Dennis Miller serves as Executive Chairman of CORE Media Group. He began his career in the entertainment and tax department of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney. Dennis has worked in senior positions at Turner Network Television, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate Television. He spent the last 15 years in venture capital investing thru Bear Stearns in companies ranging from College Sports Television, TVONE, Capital IQ, K-12 and more recently as a partner in Spark Capital which has invested in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Square and Oculus Rift. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nexstar and Double Eagle, as well as Green Dot Public Schools. Most recently he has invested in three successful SPACS alongside prominent media investors, Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky; as well as advised Lionsgate on the sale of TVGuide to CBS.
Court Counsel/Chief Deputy, Legal Services for the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Ivette Peña is Court Counsel/Chief Deputy, Legal Services for the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. In that capacity, she advises the Court on employment, labor and personnel matters involving the Court’s 4,500 employees and other legal issues pertaining to the operation of the court. She also manages the Court’s attorney workforce. Prior to joining the Court, Ms. Peña worked with a law firm where she represented school districts and community colleges. In 2013, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye appointed Ms. Peña to serve as an advisor to the Court Interpreter Advisory Panel. In 2015, she was appointed to serve as a member of the Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force. Ms. Peña received her J.D. from Harvard Law School where she was Assistant Editor of the International Law Journal, Research Assistant to Professor Phillip Heyman, and President of La Alianza. She received her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Urban Studies from Brown University.
Principal, CWG Capital
Claudio Chavez has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions and related investments and is currently a Principal of CWG Capital. Mr. Chavez was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Arch Bay Capital, LLC, an investment and asset management company. Arch Bay managed over $3.5 billion of distressed residential mortgage and real estate assets resolved over 14,000 assets across the country. Mr. Chavez was responsible for restructuring management of the company and the strategic direction of the company, including investment and disposition strategy and management of operations and asset management functions. Mr. Chavez was in private law practice for over 15 years with a focus representing investors and lenders in commercial real estate transactions involving a broad array of asset classes. Mr. Chavez was a partner in the international law firms of DLA Piper US LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. Mr. Chavez holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College.
Dr. Robert Cherry
Chief Medical & Quality Officer, UCLA Health
Dr. Cherry was named Chief Medical and Quality Officer for the UCLA Health System in January 2014. Reporting to the President of UCLA Health, the Chief Medical and Quality Officer (CMO/CQO) is responsible for system-wide quality improvement efforts. Dr. Cherry develops collaborative approaches to quality and value based care for populations across the continuum of care; coordinates innovative methods in the use of analytics, informatics, and advanced computational techniques that are designed to raise clinical quality, improve patient experience and provide value to our patients. Prior to joining UCLA Health, Dr. Cherry was the Director for Clinical & Operational Effectiveness at Navigant Consulting in Chicago. Dr. Cherry also served as the Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Clinical Effectiveness, and Professor of Surgery for Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Cherry received his medical degree from Columbia University in New York and his master's degree in Health Care Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Ricardo Barragan is a Managing Director and Banker in the Private Bank at J.P Morgan’s Los Angeles office. He has over 29 years of experience in the financial industry and is responsible for advising clients on a range of personal wealth matters including: investment management, portfolio construction, asset allocation, credit solutions, estate planning, and charitable giving. Prior to joining the Private Bank, Mr.Barragan was a senior Delta 1 Sales manager at J.P. Morgan in New York. Mr. Barragan joined the Equity Derivatives Group as an equity swaps trader on the Equity Finance desk, and then became Head of Sales for the Equity Finance desk in 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Barragan was responsible for client relationships in Latin America and South Africa for American Depositary Receipts at J.P. Morgan. In 1988, he joined the firm as a management trainee on the Global Credit Risk Management team. Mr. Barragan Co-Chaired the Corporate & Investment Bank Black Leadership Forum at J.P. Morgan. He Co-Chaired the Sales & Trading Summer Internship Programs and has also worked with Diversity Recruiting at J.P. Morgan. Mr. Barragan was selected as one of Diversity MBA Magazine's "Top 100 under 50" Executive Leaders. He is also a recipient of the Harlem YMCA's "Black Achievers in Industry" award. Mr. Barragan is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1988) and received his MBA from Columbia Business School (1997).
President, Asociación de Maestros Unidos
Angel Maldonado is the President of the Asociación de Maestros Unidos (AMU), the teacher and counselor union for Green Dot Public Schools California. A graduate from UCLA’s Teacher Education Program, Angel served the Watts community of Los Angeles as a Social Science teacher at Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy the past 5 years prior to being elected AMU’s President. Passionate about Union and social justice issues, Angel is the co-founder and founding vice-president of the UC Irvine Worker Student Alliance which under his tenure, collaborated with AFSCME local 3299 to help organize a campaign where 62 landscaping and 150 janitorial workers were in-sourced, hired as university employees, and unionized. This experience solidified his commitment to fighting for social justice as an activist, organizer, and educator.
President, Ánimo Classified Employees Association
LaTonia Lopez is the President of the Ánimo Classified Employees Association (ACEA), a partnership with Green Dot classified employees and support staff. LaTonia has worked passionately doing “heart work, that’s hard work” in the South Los Angeles private and public sectors of education. While working with disenfranchised populations during the transformation of Alain Leroy Locke through Green Dot Public Schools, LaTonia’s collaborative efforts have given voice to the students, parents and employees, especially in her advocacy for students with special needs. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and Leadership from Antioch University, and is currently completing her Master’s in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at California State University Dominguez Hills.
The Green Dot California Board meets bi-monthly at the following dates and times. These meetings are free to attend and open to the public.
March 21, 2018 (Wednesday): Executive Committee Meeting Agenda | Minutes
April 27, 2018 (Friday): Full Board Meeting Agenda | Minutes
May 30, 2018 (Wednesday): Executive Committee Meeting Agenda | Minutes
June 29, 2018 (Friday): Full Board Meeting Agenda | Minutes
August 22, 2016 (Monday): Education Committee Meeting Agenda
October 17, 2016 (Monday): Education Committee Meeting Agenda
October 28, 2016 (Friday): Full Board Meeting Agenda | Minutes
November 22, 2016 (Tuesday): Education Committee Meeting Agenda
January 30, 2017 (Monday): Education Committee Meeting Agenda