Board of Directors and Advisory Council

The Alliance Board of Directors includes distinguished community leaders and the top research universities and institutions in Southern California.

Community Leaders

Ben Savage


Clocktower Group

Derek Aberle

Co-Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer


Drew Murphy

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Edison International

Emmanuel Roman

Managing Director and CEO


Gene Sykes

Managing Director

Goldman Sachs


Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Ivan Markman

Chief Business Officer


Jamie Voris

Chief Technology Officer

The Walt Disney Company

Jody Foldesy

Partner and Managing Director

The Boston Consulting Group

Vice Chair

Alliance for SoCal Innovation

John Rossant

Founder and CEO


Julie Hill


The Hill Company

Vice Chair

Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Julie Miller-Phipps


Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Larry Sonsini


Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati


Advisory Council of the Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Marc Stern


The TCW Group, Inc

Maria Anguiano

Executive Vice President Learning Enterprise

Arizona State University

Michael Yanover

Head of Business Development

Creative Artists Agency

Renee LaBran

Board Director, including Idealab and B.Riley; independent investor

Scott Wolfe


Latham and Watkins LLP

Steve Poizner

Technology Entrepreneur

Todd Brinton

Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology, Chief Scientific Officer

Edwards Lifesciences

Research Institutions


Fred Farina

Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer


University of California, Irvine

Errol Arkilic

Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation


UCLA, Technology Development Group

Amir Naiberg

Associate Vice Chancellor, CEO & President


University of California Riverside

Rosibel Ochoa

Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships


UC San Diego

Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Technology Commercialization

Vice Chair for the Alliance for Southern California Innovation


UC Santa Barbara

Sherylle Mills Englander

Director of the Office of Technology & Industry Alliances


University of Southern California

Ishwar Puri

Vice President of Research


Advisory Council to the Board of Directors

Technology trailblazers, investment experts, and startup veterans

Ajay Nirula

Vice President, Immunology

Lilly Research Laboratories

Lilly Biotechnology Center

Andy Slavitt

Former Senior Advisor to the Biden Administration COVID Response

General Partner

Town Hall Ventures

Anna Barber



Ashley Van Zeeland

Vice President, Head of Illumina Open Innovation

Illumina, Inc.

Brad Feld


Foundry Group

Darren MacDonald

Chief Digital and Innovation Officer


David Whelan

Senior Vice President & Chief Scientist

Cubic Corporation

Eric Schmidt

Former Chairman

Alphabet Inc.

George T. Whitesides

Chair, Space Advisory Board

Virgin Galactic

Greg Smith

SVP, Digital Channels & Innovation

City National Bank

Hallie Kuhn


Alexandria Venture Investments

James Demetriades

CEO and Founder

Kairos Ventures

Kara Nortman

Managing Partner

Upfront Ventures

Larry Sonsini


Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati


Advisory Council of the Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Michael Corbo

President and CEO

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Rachna Khosla

VP, Business Development

Amgen Inc.

Rob Freelen

Los Angeles Market Manager

Silicon Valley Bank

Scott Stanford

Co-Founder and Partner

Acme Capital

Sean Moriarty


Leaf Group