Board of Directors

Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Martha Diaz Aszkenazy

Board Chair
Publisher — San Fernando Sun

A native of Los Angeles, Diaz Aszkenazy and her husband Severyn co-founded Pueblo Contracting Services, Inc., in 1984, a general contracting…

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Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Steven Contreraz

Board Treasurer
Vice President — District Manager, Wells Fargo

Steven has over 21 years of banking experience. Starting in 1997, he is now the Vice President, District Manager for Wells…

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Project Grad LA - Placeholder - Team - Female

Board Secretary
Public Health Researcher — Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Olga has been the coordinator for the FTT clinic for over 20 years. She has a master’s degree in Public Health…

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Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Dan Chernow

Board Chair & Executive Director — California Coalition for Public Higher Education

Dan was the Executive Director of the UCLA School Management Program and, subsequently, of its successor non-profit organization, Associates in Learning…

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Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Salvador Duran

Reporter — Univision, Channel 34

After graduating from UCLA with a bachelors in Spanish Literature, Salvador taught Spanish for LAUSD. After three years Salvador began his…

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Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Saul Gomez

Associate Director, Tax Services — Ernst & Young LLP

Saúl is based in the Los Angeles office and is Earnst and Young’s West Tax Experience Management Leader. He oversees the…

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Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Helga Kleinsberg

County Commissioner — Department of Children and Families

Helen Kleinberg graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Secondary Teaching Credential in 1965. After teaching for a few…

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Project Grad LA - Board of Directors - Doug Marriot

Dean of Adult/Community Education & Workforce Development — Los Angeles Valley College

As a dean, Doug is responsible for advancing the Adult Education initiatives on campus, overseeing Workforce Training and the Cooperative Education…

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Partner and Chief Strategy Officer — Biltmore Group Consulting

Jesse Torres is Partner and Chief Strategy Officer for Biltmore Group Consulting.  His primary practice areas include economic and workforce development,…

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Board of Emeritus

Peggy Funkhouser

Board Emeritus
Retired President / CEO at Los Angeles Education Partnership

David Fleming

Board Emeritus
Founding Chairman — Los Angeles County Business Federation

Ann P. Garber, M.S., Dr. P.H.

Board Emeritus
Owner - Garber Academics

Bruce Ehrlich

Board Emeritus

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