Advisory Board California

Val is a former Apple executive, now working as a sales and marketing consultant. While at Apple, Val created the iTunes Gift Card program and turned it into a $5B business. Prior to joining Apple, he held leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard and several Silicon Valley start-ups.

Lawrence N. Gelb is the founder and former President and CEO of CareCounsel, LLC, a pioneer in employer-sponsored healthcare advocacy services headquartered in San Rafael, California. Lawrence N. Gelb founded CareCounsel in 1998 and was CEO until 2014, two years after the firm was acquired by Stanford Health Care. Before founding CareCounsel, Dr. Gelb held senior positions at Foundation Health Corporation, Occupational Health Services, Preferred Health Care and Kaiser Permanente's Total Health Care Program.

Shepard ‘Shep’ Harris is a recent transfer from the east to west coast. He is currently Vice President of Investments at UBS Financial Services, based in their San Francisco office.

Kathryn Welch Howe is the President of KWH Associates, Inc., a preservation and adaptive reuse planning firm. KWH has been responsible for pioneering work transforming historic buildings and resources to affect positive community change and development. Her work with the Getty Conservation Institute on SurveyLA fully linked historic preservation with sound local planning. Her adaptive reuse projects such as New York’s Grand Central Terminal and Los Angeles Cathedral of Saint Vibiana economically restored these city icons with cultural and civic purpose.

Alex Martin Johnson is a program director at The California Wellness Foundation where he manages grantmaking related to preventing violence and strengthening community clinics. He previously served as managing director of Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) and as executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA), Alex is an accomplished policy shaper, skilled legal practitioner, and influential advocate.

Cindy Polite Kamm, Mill Valley, CA, has focused her professional career on science education, land conservation, and art. She has worked as an educator, wildlife biologist, naturalist/guide and consultant for a number of companies and organizations including National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Sea Training Institute, The Rhomburg Center/ UCSF, The California Academy of Sciences, Biosystems Analysis, and San Francisco and Marin County School District.

Dan Martin, San Francisco, CA, is active in land conservation from the Pacific Ocean to Lake Tahoe.

Richard Morrison, Lafayette, CA, as Senior Vice President of Bank of America's Environmental Policies and Programs unit prior to his retirement in 1999.

Julie Parish is a landscape architect and community volunteer in San Francisco.

Michael, from San Francisco CA, has been a Northern California real estate investor for over 30 years. He is the co-chair of California Advisory Board for the Trust for Public Land and a member of the National Board. 

Desirée Portillo Rabinov is Senior Transportation Planning Manager for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

As head of Philanthropy & Community Outreach for Twitter, Karl leads the company’s efforts to invest in meaningful, positive and lasting change in the world. These investments focus on equality in workforce development; internet safety and education; freedom of expression and civil liberties; emergency response and disaster recovery; and combating the effects of global climate change.

Daniel Rosenfeld is Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, with responsibility for economic development, land use, sustainability and transportation issues.

Laura Shell, Beverly Hills, CA, has maintained a 20-year career working in local government and with environmental organizations. 

Aaron Vermut is a member of the California Advisory Council.

Keith Weaver is Executive Vice President, Global Policy and External Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Mr. Weaver was elevated to this position in August 2011 and started as Vice President for the company in June 2002. Mr. Weaver oversees all of SPE's community affairs as well as its government and public policy activities across the globe. He works closely with SPE's operating units and corporate staff groups to develop a legislative and regulatory agenda that supports the business strategies and initiatives of the Company's motion picture, television, home entertainment and digital entertainment divisions. Mr. Weaver also coordinates SPE’s government activities with Sony’s other U.S. operating companies such as Sony Music, Sony Electronics and Sony Computer Entertainment.

Michelynn (Miki) Woodard, Los Angeles, CA is director of Good Robot at Bad Robot Productions, and executive director of the Katie McGrath & J. J. Abrams Family Foundation. At Bad Robot, she leads philanthropic campaigns, employee activations, and crosscutting initiatives that foster an inclusive and diverse company culture. Most recently, she has led the design and implementation of programs intended to immerse employees in histories of marginalization and discrimination, in an effort to bring these stories to the forefront of Bad Robot’s equity and inclusion work.