A team of 50 dedicated staff members working collaboratively to battle poverty by empowering youth and families in Los Angeles with the skills, resources, and relationships necessary to thrive.
|Seth Eklund||Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ana Grande||Associate Executive Directoremail@example.com|
|Rene Lopez||Director of Operationsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Our Board Members:
Our board is an integral part of the Bresee leadership team. Members of the board offer their diverse backgrounds and experiences to share their expertise, community influence, guidance, and resources to support the Bresee Foundation in the following ways:
- Ensure effective organizational planning and oversight
- Ensure adequate resources are available for continued success of the organization
- Manage available resources effectively
- Develop recruitment strategies for a vibrant, successful board
- Manage public relations and media
- Support and oversee the Executive Director
- Participate in meetings and financial planning
- Ensure the legal and ethical integrity of the organization
Board of Directors
Craig Beatty - President
Craig is a Partner in KPMG’s Private Equity practice. He serves as the global lead partner on some of the Los Angeles office’s largest and highest priority private equity clients and is focused on bringing the best of KPMG’s talent and information to private equity owned companies and their capital providers. In addition to his service on the Bresee board, Craig serves as the Partner Sponsor for the Los Angeles Chapter of KPMG Family for Literacy, where he's part of a commitment to provide over 60,000 books to students in the LA school system.
Tim Martin - Vice President
Hailing from Belfast, N. Ireland, Tim moved to the U.S. in 1982, working in the restaurant industry before entering the tech industry in 1994. In 2001, he founded DataMate Global, Inc. providing one of the first Corporate Instant Messaging platforms. Since 2009, he has been leading the Business Development team in the U.S. for Action Point. In addition to sitting on Bresee’s board, Tim mentors several young tech entrepreneurs, and he is on the Board of Directors for The Martin Trust and helped establish the LAFC Youth Leadership Program.
Heidi Feng - Treasurer
Heidi is a Managing Director in the PwC deals practice. For over 16 years, she has advised public and private companies primarily in the entertainment, media, and technology sectors. Heidi is a certified public accountant and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She attended UCLA and graduated with high honors, majoring in business economics and minoring in accounting, with a specialization in computing. She is fluent in English and Chinese.
Rob Longnecker - Secretary
Rob is the Director of Research at Ides Capital. He previously founded and served as a portfolio manager for Jovetree Capital. Rob has served on the Bresee board since 2017. He is inspired by the kids and families at Bresee and wants to contribute to Bresee's efforts to help and support them, so much so that Rob and wife, Allison, did not ask for gifts on their wedding registry. Instead, they requested that their guests donate to Bresee instead.
Eddie is the president and CEO of Companybuilt. He is currently the president of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners – SoCal chapter. Eddie was first introduced to Bresee through the Navidad en el Barrio event and has been hooked ever since. He became a Bresee board member in December of 2018 and also chairs the “SpaceForce” Committee, which is responsible for the current and future infrastructure needs of the foundation.
Jennifer is an account manager at Western Audio Visual, and has served on the Bresee Board of Directors since 2004. Her involvement with Bresee started in 1999 and for Jennifer, it was both the programs and staff that captured her attention, both of which strive to meet the people at their deepest needs and make those needs their own. Jennifer is inspired by the way the Bresee affirms the dignity of all people, and is able to motivate them to take responsibility for and improve their situation.
Lilianna joined Festival Management Corporation in 2004, and currently serves as Assistant Controller for the company. She has served on the Bresee Board of Directors since 2018 and believes in the mission of empowering the community. Lilianna is inspired by how Bresee puts into practice its mission and vision, actively working towards achieving its goals.
Linda Kim is a Vice President, Relationship Manager for the Greater Los Angeles market for Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA). She was the recipient of the BofA Global Diversity and Inclusion Award, the Global Volunteer Service Award, and the Socal Employee Network Above & Beyond Award. Linda's community service commitment earned her a place on the BofA Community Volunteer Honor Roll from 2015 – 2018.
Rich is a 20-year entertainment, consumer products, and sports marketing veteran who has conceptualized and executed award-winning product launch campaigns. He is the winner of the 2018 Major League Soccer Marketing Executive of the Year Award and co-founder of the LAFC Youth Leadership Program. He has guest-lectured at MIT Sloan School of Management, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and UCLA Anderson School of Management, among other universities.
Ramon Pack III
Ramon serves as the Chief Compliance Officer at First Republic Bank. He joined First Republic in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in the legal, trust, and private banking industries. Previously, he managed the Trust Administration and Estate Settlement Departments at CIT Bank within their Private Bank Division. Ramon earned his Juris Doctor degree from USC, his bachelors in sociology, cum laude, from UCLA, and his high school degree, cum laude, from Loyola High School.
As a commercial banking relationship manager, Maki is responsible for providing comprehensive expertise to help clients navigate an increasingly complex environment. Maki has worked in the banking and financial services industry since 1996. Prior to joining U.S. Bank Commercial Banking, she was Vice President, Sales Support Manager in the Global Commercial Bank with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Maki is active in her community, sitting on the Bresee Board of Directors. She enjoys food, wine and international travel.
Juan is a Vice President in J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank with over 13 years of banking and investment management experience. He received his M.B.A from the Johnson School at Cornell, his B.A in History with a Psychology and Business concentration from the University of San Diego, where he was a member of the Division I soccer team. Juan resides in Eagle Rock with his wife and two sons and is an avid volunteer (since 2000) at St. Francis High School’s soccer program.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Mirei is a marketing strategy and consumer insights consultant, and is the founder and CEO of Illumirai, LLC. In her work, she focuses on helping organizations understand cross-cultural differences in people’s psychology and behaviors. She has always been passionate about education and social equity, and is inspired by the lasting positive impact Bresee makes on the community it serves and beyond. She earned her PhD and MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and her BA in psychology from Cornell University. She also holds a certificate in sustainability from UCLA.
Fidel serves as the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at the University of La Verne, responsible for strategic engagement amongst corporations and foundations, as well as key stakeholders and the community. Prior to his current role, he worked with the Small Business Development Center - LA Network under the College of Business & Public Management. Growing up in México City, Fidel developed a desire to study and emerge himself in International Business from an early age. He received his B.A. in International Business from CSU, Fullerton, and earned his MBA with an emphasis in Marketing & International Business from the University of La Verne.
John is an American songwriter and recording artist from Los Angeles, California whose music has been featured on various television shows, as well as multiple short and feature length films. As a songwriter, John has received numerous honors including a John Lennon Songwriting Award, an L.A Stage Alliance Ovation Award, and nominations by the American Independent Music Awards and Stage Raw Theater Awards. He’s a founding member of the indie folk band, Towers of Temple City. Most recently Torres co-composed the music and lyrics to the now award winning musical theater adaptation of the 1980 Warner Bros film “Bronco Billy", which was nominated for 9 L.A. Stage Raw Awards, and won 2 Ovation Awards.
Chris is the Community Reinvestment Officer and Foundation President of Banc of California. He maintains company-wide responsibility for community reinvestment performance in lending, investments and services with a primary focus on low and moderate income individuals and communities. Chris was introduced to Bresee thru the Bank’s partnership with the LAFC and the YLP program. He is inspired by the work that Bresee does in a community that lacks exposure to opportunities and works to further their mission and vision in the battle against poverty.
Young Professionals Board
|Emily Alonso||Impact Allies|
|Megan McLaughlin||The Walt Disney Company|
|Duke Larry||Los Angeles County DPSS - Bureau of Human Resources|
|Betzayda Montoya||Hill and Piibe|
|Miriam Torres||Resources Legacy Fund|
|Kassandra Aguilera||Bixel Exchange Tech Talent Pipeline|
|Bradley Alman||FactSet Research Systems|
|Deputy Chief Robert Arcos||LAPD|
|Americo Cascella||Brouweij West / Ares Management (retired)|
|Frank Chen||Pioneer Industries Inc. / Aristo Capital Ventures, LLC|
|Ted Dorsey||Tutor Ted|
|Susan E. Hill||Hill & Piibe Immigration Attorneys|
|Dr. Melina B. Jampolis||Celebrity Nutritionist M.D.|
|Mike LaHoud||MLS Soccer|
|Tom Martin III, Esq.||Martin & Bontrager APC|
|James Riley||MLS Soccer|
|Reno Wilson||Actor, Comedian|