Meredith Hightower, Board Chair

Senior Vice President, HBO

Chris Lam, Treasurer

CFO & COO, Voltron Global

Lauren Goulston, secretary

Advisor, TMT

Lauren Goulston has spent nearly 20 years in TMT, driving growth, efficiency gains, and leading go-to-market processes. She has held COO/GM roles in small companies, including AOL/Yahoo's media brand MAKERS, and the Sequoia-backed metaverse start-up Brud. She has also worked alongside the C-suite in global organizations, serving as Chief of Staff to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and driving cross-company initiatives for Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Meta's executive team.

She is currently consulting for Trending, the Gen-Z media company helmed by Alex Cooper  as well as AvatarOS, an A16z-backed AI start-up.

Tina Dominguez, Board Member

VP, People Operations, Paragon Brand Holdings

Meet Tina M. Dominguez, a seasoned People Operations leader whose blend of business acumen, financial expertise, and strategic insight has paved the way for a remarkable career devoted to helping organizations bring their mission to life and achieve their vision. With a collaborative and consultative approach, Tina excels in guiding individuals at all levels through transformative journeys, aligning people, processes, and systems to shape a future state that aligns with their goals.

Patti LaPlace, Board Member

Executive Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) – CSULB

Susan Maniscalco, Board Member

Attorney, Independent Contractor

Susan Harding Maniscalco is a 1996 graduate of USC Gould Law School where she graduated Order of the Coif among the top 5% of her law school class. Prior to law school, she attended U.C. Berkeley where she graduated with Honors in 1992. Harding Maniscalco has handled a wide range of litigation matters before federal and state courts at both the trial court and appellate court level as an attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP. After spending years handling national class action lawsuits among other complex litigation matters, she served as General Counsel to a nationwide advertising company. Her responsibilities included overseeing all legal aspects of the company as well as leading the Human Resources Department. She later founded the Washington DC firm of WH Legal LLP where she partnered with national law firms on litigation matters. Included in Harding Maniscalco’s expertise is the successful handling of private equity deals involving the sale of large companies.

Shannon Minor, Board Member

Administrative Assistant, Splinter & Thai, LLP

I returned to college after leaving my abusive relationship and earned A.A. degrees in business management, business administration, marketing, social and behavioral sciences, and criminal justice. I graduated with honors from CSU Dominguez Hills with a bachelor's degree in public administration and a minor in women's studies. I currently work part-time and am a full-time single parent to two daughters. My greatest priority is empowering them to have healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Lisa Myers, Board Member

Cloud Ecosystem Manager, NVIDIA

Lynne Neuman, Board Member

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Lynne is a seasoned banking professional serving in many capacities throughout her career including mortgage lending for many years and has most recently transitioned into a Financial Advisory Services role. In her personal life, she is passionate about volunteering and getting involved within the communities where she lives and works, through active participation and support of non-profit organizations.

Rachael Robinson, Board Member

Associate, Robinson Kardon

Alison Romer, Board Member

Director, Strategic Communications, Sprinklr, Inc.

Cecilia Saez, Board Member

Chief People Officer / Head of People & Culture, Prenuvo

Cecilia's global expertise in professionalizing HR operations and securing elite talent has solidified her reputation as a Human Resources infrastructure architect. She is celebrated for her pivotal role in enhancing human capital and operational efficiencies as an advisor to startups, technology leaders, and consumer goods giants, including Prenuvo, Aspiration, Patagonia, JP Morgan & Chase, and Gallup Consulting. Her acumen in fostering organizational evolution has made her an influential change catalyst, particularly noted for her capacity to influence C-level decisions.

Emerson Soma, Board Member

SVP Global Benefits North America Leader, Aon

Emerson is a seasoned International Benefits Consultant with over 25 years of experience, working with multinational companies. Emerson has held multiple leadership positions in Latam and in the US, and currently leads the North America Global Benefits practice at Aon.

Lisa Takami, Board Member

Vice President, ICDI Inc., Higher Education Writer, Wiley - ICDI Inc

Lisa Mednick Takami, Ed.D. is a higher education administrator, consultant, and author. She currently serves as Special Project Director at NOCE, the noncredit campus of the North Orange Community College District, where she directs a $2 million grant for the California Adult Education Program. Lisa is the author of Women in the Higher Education C-Suite: Diverse Executive Profiles. Released in October, the book is in its second printing and is an Amazon bestseller in Business Diversity & Inclusion. In addition to her board duties, Lisa serves as Co-Chair of the California Divsion of Apprenticeship Standards Inter Agency Committee for Apprenticeships on EEO and is active in the National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education. Lisa considers her greatest accomplishment to be her two adult chidlren, Michael and Sarah. Lisa resides in Rancho Palos Verdes and is married to Masahiko Takami. She enjoys hiking and travel.

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