board of directors
Members of the Board
Ali Barar, AIA, Chair of Building & Grounds Committee
Los Angeles, California. Managing Principal at Gonzalez Goodale Architects, responsible for the firm's strategic growth, corporate management, and developing client relationships. Leads the firm's housing practice and is a recognized leader in the industry for affordable, supportive, and urban mixed-use projects. Passionate about affordable housing; has led a number of pivotal commercial revitalization developments that have sensitively reshaped the economic landscape and shared cultural experience within urban settings of Los Angeles. Also sits on the Board of Directors at Planned Parenthood. Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from UNC and a Master's of Architecture degree from UCLA.
The Honorable Drew E. Edwards, Chair of Governance Committee
The Hon. Drew E. Edwards is a judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2003 by former Governor Gray Davis. Judge Edwards received his B.A. from Stanford University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987. After graduating from law school, Edwards clerked for the Hon. Robert McWilliams with the U.S. District Court for the 10th Circuit of Appeal in Denver, Colorado. He returned to California in 1988 to join the San Francisco law firm of Morrison and Foerster as a civil litigator. In 1989 Edwards joined the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham, and Stubbs. After two years in Denver, he became a deputy federal public defender for the Federal Public Defender's Office in Los Angeles in 1990. He remained in Los Angeles for four years before joining USA Basketball as general counsel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After a year there, he became deputy alternate public defender for the Los Angeles Alternate Public Defender's Office, where he remained until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2003. His memberships have included the Black Public Defender's Association, the Denver Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers, as well as the American Bar Association.
Lorna Fitzgerald, Vice Chair, Chair of Audit Committee
Pasadena, California. Vice President of American Funds Distributors, a division of The Capital Group Companies. Has also held executive positions in market research, market strategy and brand management at Intel, Toshiba and IBM. In addition to domestic and international business experience, was formerly on the faculty of Cornell University's Department of Psychology. A graduate of Princeton University. Committed to giving back to the community and advancing educational opportunities for youth. Understands that a thoughtful approach and focused efforts have the power to change young people's lives today and for generations to come.
Dr. James Kossler, Chair
Eagle Rock, California. Retired after serving twelve years as President of Pasadena City College and eight years as Vice President, Administrative Services at PCC. He also worked at East Los Angeles College, Long Beach City College, the University of Southern California and Pepperdine University, where he received his Masters of Science and Doctor of Education degrees. He also holds a degree in Theology and Canon Law from the Gregorian University, Rome, Italy. He was a member of Pasadena Rotary and served on the board of the Pasadena Senior Center. He is currently a member of the board of the Pasadena City College Foundation.
Alexander Moseley, Chair of Fund Development Committee
Pasadena, California. Studio artist working primarily in wood. Provided research for a book on the architecture of California architects Buff, Straub and Hensman published by the University of Southern California. Collects Native American art and believes deeply in the importance of art to society. Provided design, graphics and database support as a volunteer to Flintridge Foundation and then Flintridge Center for 30 years.
Gloria Sanchez-Rico, Chair of Finance Committee
Pasadena, California. Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive of Huntington Hospital. Previously supervised two neonatal intensive care units in Los Angeles, and served Huntington Hospital as Executive Director of Adult and Children's Medical Services and Clinical Director of Medical and Support Services. Has experience serving as a board member with Ronald McDonald House and Focus One Community Credit Union.
Adam Ward is an investment analyst for Capital Research and Management Company, where he covers the oil services sector, US utilities and midstream energy sector. Adam joined Capital Group in June 2011 after an internship in the summer of 2010. Prior to the Capital Group, Adam worked for Parthenon Capital, a private equity fund, and specialized in acquiring companies in the financial services sector. Before Parthenon, Adam worked as a buy-side analyst on the Proprietary Trading Desk at Lehman Brothers covering the technology and telecommunication sectors. Mr. Ward received an M.B.A. from Stanford's Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and the 2011 recipient of the Alexander A. Robichek Achievement in Finance Award. He received a B.A. in Accounting from Brigham Young University where he was the winner of the 2004 outstanding undergraduate accounting student as the program's top student.
Armando L. Gonzalez, FAIA
Pasadena, California. A founding principal of the firm Gonzalez/Goodale Architects, specializing in institutional design projects. Committed to community, people and service. Believes in the immense value of the arts. Holds leadership positions on several nonprofit boards, including Huntington Memorial Hospital and Centro Latino for Literacy. Serves on the President's Latino Advisory Committee for Pasadena City College and on the Advisory Board of the UCLA Bruin Community School.
Betty Chin Ho
Pasadena, California. Retired (City of Pasadena, Mayor's Office). Graduated from the University of Southern California in occupational therapy, and worked as both a therapist and a public school teacher. She later served as Field Representative to Pasadena Mayor Kathryn Nack and Deputy to Mayor Bogaard. Betty has extensive experience as a nonprofit board member, including the Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust, Pasadena Respiratory Health Foundation, Pasadena Child Health Foundation, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena Community Foundation, Five Acres, YWCA, Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pacific Oaks College and Children's School.
Ernestine L. Moore
Pasadena, California. Retired after 32 years as Vice President of Student and Learning Services at Pasadena City College. Subsequently served as District Director for California State Senator Jack Scott. Active on the boards of local nonprofit organizations including Pasadena Senior Center and Pasadena City College Flea Market. Member of the Education Committee of Pasadena NAACP. Past member and chair of the City of Pasadena Human Services Commission. Passionate advocate for community empowerment and youth education.
Harry Yohalem, J.D.
Pasadena, California. Retired after more than four decades practicing law, including 19 years as General Counsel of the California Institute of Technology and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Prior positions include ten years as a partner in the Washington office of Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) and earlier in his career a succession of legal and policy positions in state and federal government, including Assistant Counsel to then New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Deputy Counsel for Legal Services of the U.S. Department of Energy and Deputy Undersecretary of that Department. Serves on the board of 211 LA County.