Board of Directors

Yvonne B. Burke

Mediator
Alternative Resolution Centers

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Yvonne B. Burke (Board member since 2009, current term expires 2020) currently works as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Institutions Resolution Authority (FINRA). She was appointed by President Obama in 2013 to a five year term on the Board of AMTRAK.

Ms. Burke retired from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2008 after 17 years of service, including three terms as Chairwoman. She was the first African-American elected to that body. She served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, the first African-American woman to be elected to that body, and the first Member of Congress to receive maternity leave. Prior to her service in Congress, she served three terms in the California State Assembly, the first African-American to be elected to that body. Since retirement, Ms. Burke served on the Committee on Congressional Ethics from 2009 to 2013.

Ms. Burke received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California. She entered private practice and specialized in civil rights and laws regarding housing, immigration, eminent domain, and the licensing of board and care homes. She later served as a hearing officer for the Los Angeles City Police Commission, and staff attorney to the McCone Commission, which investigated the causes of the 1965 Watts Riots. She has served as a director of the Nestlé US Advisory Board, the University of California Board of Regents, the Ford Foundation, as chair of the L.A. County Children’s Planning Council, and vice-chair of the 1984 U.S. Olympics Organizing Committee.

Earl G. Fields

Consultant
Housing & Community Development

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Earl G. Fields (Board member since 1998, current term expires in 2018) is President of EGP & Associates, which specializes in housing and community development issues involving HUD/HFA programs and operations.

Mr. Fields was appointed to the position of Santa Ana, Ca. Field Office Manager with the U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in 1978 and served in that position until retirement in 1994. He was responsible for the administration of Single Family Mortgage Insurance Program (FHA) for a five-county area in Southern California; was the principal representative for the Assistant Secretary /FHA Commissioner of HUD to local city and county government, residential home building and mortgage banking industries; managed an office staff of 50+, and as many as 100 HUD approved real estate appraisers, loan specialists and underwriters. Office staff included asset management specialists, loan servicing, clerical and administrative support staff.

For the 10 years prior to this position, Mr. Fields held various management and representative positions with HUD in the New York field office for urban renewal, and later in the Los Angeles office, for model cities, insured multifamily housing, college housing, and community development programs.

Carrie Hawkins

President
Carrie Hawkins & Associates

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In 1993, Carrie Hawkins was elected the first woman President of the California Mortgage Banker’s Association. She also received that organization’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998. In 1995. Mrs. Hawkins sold Trinity Mortgage Company, of which she had been the owner and President for 15 years.

She served as Governor Wilson’s appointee on the board of the California Housing Finance Agency as Vice Chairman. Mrs. Hawkins has also served on the board of the California Housing Partnership Corporation; the Fannie Mae Advisory Board; the LINC Housing Corporation Board; as President of the Southern California Mortgage Bankers Association; and the Board of the Association of Professional Mortgage Women. She is a member of Lambda Alpha, a premier international real estate society.

Mrs. Hawkins sits on Claremont Institute’s Committee on Local Government and is a former Vice Chair of California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA).

R. Steven Lewis

Principal
ZGF Architects

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R. Steven Lewis (Board member since 2013, current term expires 2018) is a Principal of ZGF Architects based in Los Angeles, California. He was the founder of Thinking Leadership, a consulting practice built on collaborative problem-solving that enhances the ability of clients to achieve superior outcomes. His talents as an architect, planner, project/program manager, and leader within the design and construction industry offer clients a reservoir of resources. Since launching Thinking Leadership in April of 2011, Mr. Lewis has amassed an array of interesting projects, including convening a prestigious Mayors Institute on City Design in Birmingham, Alabama, and authored an urban design report targeting 10 Los Angeles light rail station areas as sites for promotion for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Project reNEW (Nutrition, Exercise, Wellness).

He was appointed by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to the Urban Design Review Committee overseeing Phase 2 of the Exposition light rail line, and was also appointed by LA Council Member Jan Perry to serve on the Arts Oversight Committee for the planned downtown LA football stadium.

Along with partners Roland Wiley and Steven Lott, he founded RAW International in 1984. Key clients managed by Mr. Lewis were Pacific Bell, Kaiser Permanente, and GSA. In 2004, after 20 years of building RAW into a successful design practice, Mr. Lewis joined the prestigious Office of the Chief Architect with the US General Services Administration in Washington, DC. He returned to Los Angeles in 2008 to join Pasadena-based Parsons Corporation as a principal project manager, working on a range of programs including US Custom and Border Protection and US Postal Service.

Daniel B. Lopez

Principal
Daniel B. Lopez & Associates

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Daniel B. Lopez (Board member since 1995, current term expires 2018) is an independent consultant in the area of affordable housing finance and development. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, which funds low-income multifamily housing throughout the state of California.

Mr. Lopez has also served as Director of Community Lending for Citibank, and was Chief of Housing for the Association of Bay Area Governments. Mr. Lopez serves on numerous local, state and federal advisory committees on affordable housing policy, and has lectured on housing finance, housing policy formation, and community relations at a number of universities.

Mr. Lopez serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Citizens Housing, is President of the Board for Building Futures with Women & Children, and is also Chairman of Bay Area LISC’s Local Advisory Committee. He is a member of CalHCD’s Development Loan and Grant Committee and LACCDC’s City of Industry Review Panel.

Alec G. Nedelman

CHAIR
General Counsel, Structured Finance, iStar

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Alec G. Nedelman (Chair, Board member since 2008, current term expires 2019) is the General Counsel, Structured Finance, for iStar Inc., a leading publicly traded finance company focused on the commercial real estate industry, and for Safety, Income and Growth, Inc., the first of its kind publicly traded finance company focusing on acquiring, owning, managing and capitalizing ground net leases. He joined iStar in 2007 when iStar acquired Fremont Investment & Loan’s Commercial Real Estate Division after serving as the General Counsel–Commercial Real Estate and then Senior Vice President/Business & Legal Affairs in the Commercial Real Estate Division at Fremont.

Mr. Nedelman is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and symposia on negotiating techniques and strategies and financing and workout issues, as well as at private workshops for clients. He is also the author of numerous articles, checklists and source material on these topics.

Alec is a Fellow, Past President and Chair of the Executive Committee of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a member of the California bar association, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Century Housing Corporation and of Century Villages at Cabrillo, Inc.

Louise Oliver

Regional Operations Officer & Director of Government Contracts
Goodwill Southern California

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Louise Oliver (Board member since 1997, current term expires 2019) is the Regional Operations Officer & Director of Government Contracts for Goodwill Southern California.

Mrs. Oliver is the former Deputy District Director of Real Property of the Western Region of the Federal General Services Administration (GSA), where she served since 1989, responsible for the supervision of more than 10 million square feet of Federal Government-controlled space. She worked with the Federal Government since 1963, with GSA and the Department of Defense, retiring in 1997.

Mrs. Oliver currently serves on the Boards of the Salvation Army, Shelter Partnership, the San Fernando Community Health Center, the Harry Pregerson Federal Child Care Center, the Bell Shelter, the Valley Economic Alliance, and the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles. In the past, she has served as Chairman of the Los Angeles Combined Federal Campaign (United Way), and on the Boards of the Wilshire West Federal Credit Union, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Los Angeles, and the Ketchum Downtown YMCA.

Kristina Olson

Ambassador
California Technology Council

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Kristina Olson (Board member since 2014, current term expires 2020) is a new business development leader with proven success and established expertise creating sales strategies, strategic planning, integrated marketing strategies and brand communications with global execution across multiple channels. Having held senior executive positions with companies such as Metromail, RR Donnelley, Valassis and Cenveo, she has developed strong client and network relationships with a hands-on approach to create solutions for short and long term strategic opportunities. Her clients have included AT&T, Carnival Cruise Lines, Hilton Hotels, Petco, Carl Zeiss, Netflix, Hyundai and Blackstone.

Success in the business world has afforded Kristina the ability to share those skills towards her social passions of education, at-risk youth and homelessness:

  • Ambassador and Chief Foundation Officer, California Technology Council
  • Director, Member of the Board of Century Housing Corporation, a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) where she serves on Loan and Audit Committees
  • Director, The Midnight Mission Board where she chairs the Programs Committee and serves on the Development and Community Relations Committees
  • Vice-President, Los Angeles Police Department Central Division Boosters with focus on Youth Programs
  • Charter Member, Past-President of the Downtown Los Angeles Rotary
  • Co-Founder and Founding Board Chair of Equitas Charter Academy located in the underserved area of Los Angeles’ Pico Union District
  • Her affiliation with The Salvation Army spans over twenty years during which time she has served on the Metropolitan Board, Advisory Chair for the Alegria program and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Bell Shelter.

Kristina has an undergraduate degree in Human Behavior (Sociology, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology) from California Western/ United States International University. Her post-graduate studies were focused on Psychology and International Business.

Ms. Olson is an accomplished pianist and enjoys reading, music and the arts. She lives in the Hollywood Hills and maintains an active lifestyle.

Darroch “Rocky” Young

VICE CHAIR
Chancellor Emeritus, Los Angeles Community Colleges

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Darroch “Rocky” Young (Vice Chair, Board member since 2008, current term expires 2020) retired as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District in 2007. In his retirement, he is currently working as the Chief Consultant for the Collegiate Brain Trust (CBT), a subdivision of McCallum Group, Inc. He has recently authored a book on leadership (“A Walk Through Leadership,” available through Amazon.com) and co-authored a book on community college issues (“Harvest from the Vineyard,” also available through Amazon). Besides numerous speaking engagements related to his books, he also recently completed a strategic enrollment plan for the Tulsa Community Colleges at Monterey Peninsula College. Previously, he has provided consulting on strategic planning to numerous colleges including Monterey Peninsula College, College of Western Idaho, Oakland Community College (Michigan), West Valley-Mission Community College District (CA), Contra Costa Community College District, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Rancho Santiago Community College District (CA), MiraCosta College (CA) and Citrus College (CA). Furthermore, for the last nine years Rocky has been annually working for the Community College League of California by running their annual New CEO Workshops and the annual Vineyard Symposiums (for experienced CEOs) in Napa Valley.

As Chancellor, Rocky initiated the first formal Comprehensive Strategic Planning effort in the District’s history.  Rocky also launched a major Student Success Initiative that aimed at improving all student educational outcomes across the District—including student graduation, transfer, and job placement rates. Chancellor Young initiated an aggressive district wide marketing campaign to publicize community college educational opportunities and revamped the district’s enrollment management programs.

Before assuming district wide responsibilities, Rocky Young was President of Pierce College, a position he took in 1999. Under his leadership, the college increased its enrollment by 51% in less than 3 years, making it one of the fastest growing community colleges in California. He put a Master Plan in place that included extensive community involvement, created a new 15-week semester plan that has become the most copied academic calendar in California and reversed years of financial difficulties to create healthy financial reserves for the college. In addition, Young fostered new partnerships with Caltech, UCLA, UC Berkeley and CSUN, as well as a number of industry partners in the private sector. Young also created strong alliances for the college with neighborhood groups, businesses, and elected officials.

Prior to coming to Pierce College, Rocky Young served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Vice President of Planning and Development at Santa Monica College where he created the concept for the Santa Monica College Academy of Entertainment and Technology, formed partnerships with fifty entertainment firms, and led the effort to receive the Board of Governors approval of the Academy as an educational center. In addition, he created the Transfer Alliance Program with UCLA, developed a high school dual enrollment program with local unified school districts, created the college’s first Master Plan for Education, Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan, and the Master Plan for Technology.

Rocky was awarded the 2007 Harry Buttimer Award as the outstanding community college executive in California, the 2003 Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations, the 2003 Steve Allen Award for Excellence in Education, and the 1998 ACCCA Leadership Award for Administrative Excellence in California Community Colleges.