Board of Directors

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E. Alex Albert 
Ares Management

Alex Albert is an investment executive in the private equity group at Ares Management in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Ares, Mr. Albert worked for the private equity firms Friedman Fleischer & Lowe (FFL) and Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts (KKR) and began his career in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in London. Mr. Albert has been involved in a variety of public and private investments, mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. He holds an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford, an M.A. in Quantitative Methods from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University as well as being a CFA® charterholder. Mr. Albert has been involved in numerous community projects and is committed to assisting non-profit organizations reach their full financial potential.

Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D.
California State University Northridge

Thomas E. Backer, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow, California State University Northridge and Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology at the UCLA School of Medicine. He was Senior Fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs in 2003-2004.  He is the author of more than 500 publications, including the books Evaluating Community Collaborations, and The Expanding Universe: New Directions in Nonprofit Capacity Building. He has been on the Boards of several arts organizations, and has worked with many others locally and nationally - including strategic planning for the Broad Stage and Grand Performances, management development for the Los Angeles and Miami performing arts centers, and four years administering a 12-community national arts marketing program for the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation.  He has conducted evaluations of arts fellowship and grantmaking programs, including a study for the Baker Fund of a multidisciplinary fellowship program for Baltimore region artists.  As a psychologist he has worked with artists for more than 40 years, teaching stress management and career development at the Directors Guild of America, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, North Carolina School of the Arts, and many other institutions around the world.

Anthea Case
The Arcadia Fund

Anthea Case is the Principal Adviser to the Arcadia Fund, a U.K.-based charity whose mission is to preserve endangered culture and nature.  She is also a Commissioner for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), and Chair of the National Trust East of England Regional Committee, as well as a Trustee of HEART (the Norwich Heritage and Economic Regeneration Trust), of the Institute for Philanthropy and of the Lakeland Arts Trust.  Until December 2010 she was Chair of Heritage Link (England’s national umbrella body for historic environment voluntary bodies), and between 1995 and 2003  Chief Executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund, funding heritage projects across the U.K.  She was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to heritage.  Prior to this, Ms. Case’s career was spent in Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Fiona Chalom , Ph.D.
Pepperdine University

Fiona Chalom is a psychotherapist and Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Pepperdine University. She received her B.S. and M.A. from Southern Methodist University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Fiona specializes in research regarding eating disorders and her teaching interests include transference, counter transference, clinical case management and group psychology. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, she has maintained a private practice in Beverly Hills for the past 11 years. Fiona is extremely active in strategic philanthropy. She has a significant art collection of 19th century German Nazarene paintings as well as communist Hungarian and North Korean artworks.

Rick A. Feldman
Consultant

Rick Feldman is the former President/CEO of NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives), a global, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of televised programming in all forms, across all platforms. He is credited with revitalizing the organization during the ten years he was its leader and for shifting the agency’s focus to the international scene with worldwide activities in Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Before joining NATPE, Mr. Feldman was Executive Vice-President and COO of USA Broadcasting and was responsible for four TV stations in Miami, Dallas, Atlanta and Boston and supervised all program acquisitions and development. At KCOP Television, where he worked from 1983 through 1999, he became President and General Manager with operational and managerial responsibility for all departments and more than 200 employees. KCOP earned more than 30 Emmy Awards for its locally-produced programming under his guidance. Mr. Feldman holds a B.A. from the School of the Arts at New York University. He is on the Boards of NAPTE, Cableready and the Israel Film Festival.

David Gordon
Gordon Advisory LLC

David Gordon has had a varied and successful career as a CEO in the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Former director of the Royal Academy of Arts, in London, and the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), and most recently Interim Director of The Museum of Arts and Design(MAD) in New York, his Gordon Advisory helps arts-related institutions find their way out of hot water, or avoid getting into it in the first place. He is passionate about the arts and believes that his rare combination of skills and experience can guide cultural institutions to strengthen governance, strategy, planning, organization and finances. Mr. Gordon studied PPE (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) at the University of Oxford in England and did graduate work at the London School of Economics, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CPA). He then became a journalist on The Economist, where, after being asked to join the management of The Economist Newspaper Ltd, served as CEO for 12 years. Mr. Gordon kept a foothold in publishing as non-executive chairman of eFinancial News, a weekly specialist newspaper and job website. The constituent parts were sold in the past two years to Dow Jones and to Dice Holdings. Mr. Gordon is a director of Dice Holdings, which is quoted on the NYSE. He has been a board member of Tate, the British Film Institute and the Architecture Foundation, and chairman of England’s Contemporary Arts Society. He was active in the (American) Association of Art Museum Directors and served on the board as chair of the Public Affairs Committee.

Alan R. Jampol
Jampol Zimet Skane & Wilcox LLP

Alan R. Jampol is partner of Los Angeles law firm Jampol Zimet and a graduate of the UCLA School of Law. He has been practicing in Southern California for over thirty-five years and is “AV”® rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Jampol specializes in the litigation and arbitration of substantial matters related to errors and omissions claims against professionals including lawyers, real estate brokers, insurance brokers and agents, engineers, architects and other professionals, title insurance and real property matters, construction disputes, claims against nursing homes and other extended care facilities, and commercial matters. Mr. Jampol has tried a large number of jury cases to conclusion with a stellar record of success and has served as an arbitrator (either a single arbitrator or as a member of a three-arbitrator panel) in commercial and construction claims. He has lectured before Bar Committees, written articles in legal periodicals relating to insurance matters and title litigation and taught in a private law school. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and various other committees. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Justinian Jampol , Ph.D.
Executive Director/Founder, The Wende Museum

Justinian Jampol is Founder and Executive Director of The Wende Museum. His work focuses on visual cultural studies and the connection between contemporary art and Cold War iconography. A Los Angeles native, Jampol studied at UCLA before earning his doctoral degree in Modern History from Oxford University. The curator of several exhibitions, Jampol has also produced two documentary films on the Cold War, as well as urban art programs including The Wall Project. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. He is the author of Beyond the Wall: Art and Artifacts from the GDR, published by TASCHEN in December 2014.

Stephen O. Lesser
Author and Philanthropist 

His grandfather, Sol Lesser, was an influential Jewish film producer in 1920s Hollywood and the founder of West Coast Theatres.  Stephen is a member of LACMA’s East Asian Arts Council, where he made one of the largest gifts of Asian art in their history.  He has underwritten a graduate student scholarship at UCLA for research in Jewish Studies in China at Nanjing University. He has supported exhibitions at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. He has co-authored Los Angeles: Hollywood, Venice, Santa Monica, Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Screenwriters, v. 26, among other works. 

Alan Levy
Tishman International Companies

Alan D. Levy is chairman of Tishman International Companies, headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in London, Vienna and Sofia, Bulgaria. Tishman has developed, built and managed more than 40 million sq. ft. of commercial real estate through its U.S. offices. Since 1985, Tishman has also developed and managed commercial property in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, among other South Eastern European countries. Levy is a graduate of Washington University’s School of Real Estate and is a designated Certified Property Manager through the Institute of Real Estate Management. Additionally, Levy is licensed as a general contractor, insurance broker and real estate broker in the United States. He collects American art from the Ashcan school and Soviet paintings. He is a member of the board of trustees of Harvard-Westlake School; on the executive committee of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; a trustee of the Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution; a member of the board of councilors of the University of Southern California School of Social Work; a Bryant fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a former chairman of the American Art Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; a member of the executive board of the West Los Angeles County Council, Boy Scouts of America; a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association and a member of the Fraternity of Friends of the Los Angeles Music Center. Levy also serves as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria, for Southern California.

Jason Post
Post Investment Group

Jason Post is the founder and President of Post Investment Group, a Los Angeles based opportunistic real estate investment company where he has acquired, developed, owned and operated in excess of 22,000 apartment units around the country totaling approximately $1.2 billion in capitalized value.  As the President and Founder of Post, he has overseen the development of the Company’s construction, development, advisory service and ancillary investment platforms and is integral in developing newly formed strategic business units within the Company. Mr. Post brings approximately 13 years of direct real estate experience and over 17 years of entrepreneurial experience to the business. In addition to his role as President of Post Investment Group, he is actively involved in a number of charitable organizations. He owns a segment of the Berlin Wall with a painting by Retna, the street artist who painted on the Wende’s Wall on Wilshire Boulevard.

Wayne Ratkovich
The Ratkovich Company

Wayne Ratkovich is the founder and President of The Ratkovich Company (TRC), a Los Angeles-based development firm focused on projects that improve the quality of urban life in the United States. Specializing in urban infill and rehabilitation projects, his firm’s accomplishments range from large-scale urban planning and entitlement endeavors to retail, office, entertainment, and mixed-use projects. The Ratkovich Company engages in both new development and the imaginative reuse of existing buildings – including historic landmarks. 

Mr. Ratkovich has been a Trustee of The Urban Land Institute (ULI) for twelve years, currently serving as Vice Chairman. During his tenure, he has served as a Governor of the Urban Land Foundation, and served on a variety of committees and expert panels formed to tackle some of the country’s most difficult, and now successful urban development. Mr. Ratkovich is also an Emeritus Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1997 he received The Parkinson Award from the USC School of Architecture for contributions to the urban environment in Los Angeles. Mr. Ratkovich has also received the UCLA/Los Angeles Times 2001 Real Estate Forecast Award for exceptional contribution to the real estate industry and the community; The Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Robert 0’Donnell Award for his outstanding contributions to the organization’s Advisory Services Program; as well as the Legends Award from The Los Angeles Downtown Breakfast Club. 

Edward B. Robin 
NAS Insurance Services, Inc.

Edward Robin was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Florida and received an LL.B. from Duke Law School. He practiced law in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles until 1985, when he became a principal of NAS Insurance Services, which he helped establish. NAS focuses on the development, sale and administration of specialty insurance products, substantially in collaboration with underwriters at Lloyds of London. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the company. Ed has long and varied experience in the Jewish community of Los Angeles, nationally and internationally. He chaired the national UJA Young Leadership Cabinet, the North American Jewish Forum, the Center for Policy Options, and NCSEJ, the National Conference Supporting Eurasian Jewry. He served on the Boards of JDC, UJA CJF and American Jewish University, and as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. 

Teofilo Ruiz, Ph.D.
Professor, UCLA Department of History

Born in Cuba, Teofilo Ruiz fled to the United States in 1961. Dr. Ruiz was a student of American medievalist Joseph R. Strayer and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1974. Prior to moving to UCLA in 1998, he taught at Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Princeton University as a 250th Anniversary Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching. Dr. Ruiz was the Vice President of the Research Division of the American Historical Association, and served as Chair of the UCLA Department of History from 2002-2005 and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from 2008-09. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies. He has lectured throughout the world with speaking engagements in Spain, Italy, France, England, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Dr. Ruiz has published or has forthcoming thirteen books, more than 50 articles, and over 100 reviews and smaller articles in national and international scholarly journals. His Crisis and Continuity: Land and Town in Late Medieval Castile was awarded the Premio del Rey prize by the American Historical Association. In 1994, Dr. Ruiz was selected by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the four Outstanding Teachers of the Year in the United States. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and most recently, the Guggenheim Foundation in 2007 and was named Distinguished Teacher at UCLA in 2008.

Dennis Slon
Loyola Marymount University

Dennis Slon, Loyola Marymount University’s Senior Vice-President for University Relations, oversees LMU’s external relations efforts. Under his direction, the University completed its ten-year comprehensive funding effort: Right Place. Right Time. The Campaign for LMU and successfully celebrated its Centennial. LMU raised a total of $411.5 million, surpassing its $380 million goal in the effort ending March of 2012. He also directs the offices of communications and government affairs, alumni and community relations, special events and development services. Prior to his October 2004 appointment to LMU, Slon served for five years as associate vice-chancellor for development at UCLA. There, he oversaw fundraising at UCLA, most notably the highly successful Campaign UCLA, which raised a record-breaking $3 billion during the past decade. Before that, Slon served as vice-president for development at The College of William and Mary, and has held development positions at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Virginia. He holds a master's degree in education from Harvard and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

Brian Sweeney
ESMoA

Brian Andrew Sweeney oversees a private real estate development and investment company.  Since 2000 he has purchased thousands of acres of land in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties.  He purchased and sold to public ownership 11 miles of California shoreline in Santa Cruz County and Big Sur.  He is the majority owner of the 3,000 acre La Purisima Conservation Bank in Santa Barbara County.

Mr. Sweeney graduated with a Honors Business Administration Degree from Western University, Canada in 1984.  He participated in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics in Yachting and placed ninth in the Tornado Class.  Mr. Sweeney married Eva in 2002, and together they founded and constructed ESMoA, a nonprofit art laboratory located in El Segundo, California. Mr. Sweeney is chair of the Getty Research Institute Council and is a member of the Getty Museum’s Paintings Council and the J. Paul Getty Museum Disegno Group.

Jonathan Victor
Balmoral Advisors

Jonathan Victor serves as a Managing Director of Balmoral and a member of its Investment Committee. Mr. Victor co-founded Balmoral in 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Victor served as a senior advisor to Chanin Capital Partners, a financial advisory firm focused on restructurings. From 1999 to 2001, he served as President and CEO of eBility Inc., an internet company dedicated to people with disabilities. From 1993 to 1996, he was a Senior Vice President of Finance with The Irvine Company, a large scale real estate development company in Orange County. From 1986 – 1990, Mr. Victor was a Vice President of Kaufman & Broad Inc., a predecessor company to SunAmerica. Mr. Victor serves on the board of Bennington Marine, GlobalOptions, Dispatch Transportation and Concurrent Holdings (serving as Chairman of the latter three). He had previously served as Chairman of the Board of ISW, a forging company in which Balmoral had an investment and which was sold in September 2008 and as a director of Tara Technologies. Among other civic and charitable affiliations, Mr. Victor serves on the Board of Directors of the Wallis Annenberg Cultural Center in Beverly Hills; the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors of Cedars and the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek, a free legal-services firm based in Los Angeles.

Cascade Wilhelm
Wilhelm Family Foundation 

Multimedia artist and writer. Cascade is the Director of the Wilhelm Family Foundation, established in 2013 and dedicated to supporting artists, creative organizations and institutions, nationwide. She received her B.A. in Literature and Art from Sarah Lawrence College and a M.F.A. in photography from San Francisco Art Institute. 

Meridee E. Williams
GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc.

Ms. Williams, a fifth-generation Californian, is CFO of her family’s ground water consulting business, GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc., which locates drinking water supplies for cities and water districts. Raised in Claremont, California and Tehran, Iran, she holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Wellesley College. She received her M.B.A. from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She has also worked for the Boston-based management consulting firm Arthur D. Little, Inc.

In 1997 she fell in love with Russian art and started a collection of Russian Impressionist paintings, which focuses on artists who worked for the Communist government between the 1930s and 1980s. Although these were official artists, her collection is comprised of portraits and landscapes that the artists did in their private time. When asked about her collection, she often replies, “I prefer paintings of people and the countryside and do not own any paintings of Stalin or Lenin. Just as the French Impressionists concentrated on painting the bourgeoisie, the Russians spotlighted the lives of the peasants. And I think the Russians did a spectacular job.”