Erika Anderson is publisher of Los Angeles magazine. She manages the company’s business departments, including advertising sales, marketing, publicity, production, circulation, digital and tablet platforms, event production and custom publishing. Prior to returning to the magazine, she was with Time Inc, working on the re-launch of LIFE magazine, as well as the media for GOLF magazine and GOLF.com. Her first experience with Emmis Communications was running their west coast national sales division, ending with two years as advertising director for Los Angeles magazine. She received a BA in English from UC Santa Barbara. She is married to Mike Kemmerer, a marriage and family therapist.
Dr. Helen Boutrous is the chair of Mount St. Mary’s History and Political Science department, and also teaches as an associate professor. She received her PhD from Georgetown University, her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and her B.A. in economics from UCLA. Her teaching areas include American government, public policy and law. She has extensive research experience, with interests including: presidential influence on regulatory policy; the role of courts and interest groups in the development of public policy and social change; the role of women and the law; and the shifting roles of federal, state and local governments in the development of public policy. Boutrous has served as a speaker and moderator at several public events hosted by Mount St. Mary’s College.
Susie Baldwin, MD, MPH, FACPM is a board certified Preventive Medicine physician who brings to her practice of medicine and public health a passion for helping underserved women, protecting human rights, and promoting universal health care. Since 2006, Dr. Baldwin has served as Chief of the Health Assessment Unit at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology. In this capacity, she oversees the Los Angeles County Health Survey, which provides data to inform program planning, research, advocacy, and policy throughout LA County. Dr. Baldwin has also worked as a researcher, educator, and clinician.
Dr. Baldwin graduated from Columbia University, attended the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, completed an internship in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Arizona Medical Center, and residency at the same institution in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She completed two research fellowships, one in Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, focused on cervical cancer prevention. She has performed research on identification of human trafficking victims in health care settings, HPV in women and men, and on a variety of public health and women’s health topics.
In 2001 Vicky Brown founded Idomeneo Enterprises, Inc., a strategic business process outsourcing firm, specializing in Human Resources. Headquartered in West Hollywood, CA, Idomeneo provides human capital solutions for emerging and mid sized companies. Idomeneo’s strategy of providing human resources expertise, technology leveraged solutions and exceptional employee care provides clients access to world class HR support at a fraction of the cost.
Throughout her career, Ms. Brown has established a reputation as a knowledgeable business leader as well as human resources expert. Awarded the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification by the Society for Human Resources Management Certification Institute, she has dedicated her career to providing HR expertise tempered with the day-to-day realities of running a business. She is Board President of NAWBO-LA, excels at teaching, and holds a California Teaching Credential from the University of Southern California.
Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary's College
In addition to her work in film and television, Geena Davis is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary's College, focused on female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children's media and entertainment. She is also a former trustee of the Women's Sports Foundation, serves on the Board of the White House Project, is the chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women, and is an official partner of UN Women in its effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide.
Ana Guerrero serves as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff. In this capacity, she is the primary driver of his agenda to improve neighborhoods, create jobs and make City Hall work better, and directs all aspects of the Office of the Mayor. Guerrero has worked with Garcetti since he was first elected to the City Council in 2001. She was appointed as his Council Office Chief of Staff in 2008, after serving as his District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff. As Garcetti's top aide during his Council Presidency she worked closely with the City's leadership to negotiate unprecedented budget and pension reforms. Garcetti’s Council District underwent a dramatic transformation with the help of Guerrero's leadership, including being ranked number one in job growth. Guerrero helped develop and implement key initiatives such as Garcetti's Neighborhood Leadership Institute, Uniting Neighborhoods to Abolish Graffiti, and tripling the number of parks from 16 to 48.
Sheila James Kuehl served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly, and, in 2008, left the legislature under California's term limits statute. She is currently the President of Kuehl Consulting, serving as a consultant to cities and universities on a variety of public policy issues. She is also the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and has served as a Regents' Professor in Public Policy at UCLA. She is an announced candidate for the Third Supervisorial District in Los Angeles County.
During the 1997-98 legislative session, she was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly. She is also the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature.
A former civil rights attorney and law professor, Sen. Kuehl was the chair of the Senate Health Committee, chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, chair of the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Water, Energy and Transportation, Speaker pro Tempore of the Assembly and Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Prior to her election to the Legislature, Sen. Kuehl drafted and fought to get into California law more than 40 pieces of legislation relating to children, families, women, and domestic violence. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women's Law Center.
Sen. Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 where she was the second woman in the school's history to win the Moot Court competition. She served on the Harvard University Board of Overseers from 1998 to 2005.
In her youth, she was known for her portrayal of Zelda Gilroy in the television series, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."
Kelly Jenkins-Pultz is a Program Analyst in the Region 9 Women's Bureau office.
In this position she plans and develops programs and resources to advance women's wages, job opportunities and workplace benefits. She has expertise in the area of equal pay, and has served as a national team leader for the Women’s Bureau on this topic. In the area of nontraditional, higher paying jobs for women, Kelly has done significant outreach to help workforce development professionals understand women’s role in the evolving green economy and utilize the Bureau’s guide to encourage more women to pursue green job opportunities, and more girls to further their education in the STEM fields. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from the George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Ann McElaney-Johnson, the 12th president of Mount St. Mary's College, brings 23 years of service to small, residential liberal arts colleges, as a president, faculty member, associate dean and chief academic and student affairs officer. She is passionate about the importance of women’s colleges, and is a strong advocate for women's education and leadership. She is a champion of innovative teaching and learning, and brings with her a deep understanding of the changing landscape in higher education. She earned her PhD in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree from Middlebury College, Vermont, and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts.
Somjita Mitra joined the Economic and Policy Analysis Group as an Economist in June 2013. She is involved in the planning, designing and conducting of research and analysis for consulting clients and local businesses and governments, as well as for LAEDC's internal departments. Her focus is in regional analysis, economic impact studies and the industrial and occupational structure of local economies. Before joining the LAEDC, Dr. Mitra was an economist for a local economic research and litigation consulting company evaluating economic damages, estimating lost profits, identifying key economic issues and developing necessary analytical and empirical frameworks. Prior to this, Dr. Mitra was a Project Director for a consumer research firm in Los Angeles where she managed projects that identified and analyzed key market issues for small, local firms as well as multinational corporations. Dr. Mitra received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Arts in Politics, Economics and Business as well as her Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University.
Connie Rice is the co-director of the Advancement Project, and is a civil rights lawyer who engineers systemic fixes to entrenched inequality and injustice. California Law Business Journal twice designated her one of the top ten most influential attorneys in California. Through impact litigation, campaigns and inside bureaucratic maneuvering, she has led coalitions and clients to win more than $30 billion in damages, bonds and policy changes.
Ms. Rice grew up all over the world in an Air Force family headed by her parents Anna, a biology teacher, and Phillip, a pilot and Colonel. She graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe colleges in 1978, achieved her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 1981 and entered New York University School of Law on a Root Tilden Scholarship. In law school she worked extensively on capital punishment cases at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and after graduating from law school in 1984, she clerked for the Honorable Damon J. Keith at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for two years before going to California where she joined the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.
She rejoined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1989 as Western Regional Counsel, won several landmark cases and in the words of one magazine, established herself as "the voice of Los Angeles' oppressed." Together with Co-Directors Molly Munger, Penda Hair and Steve English, Connie launched The Advancement Project, a policy action and technology organization in 1998.
Tess Vigeland is a national award-winning, veteran journalist, and a well-known voice to millions of American radio listeners. She is CEO of Tess Vigeland Productions, a Los Angeles-based multi-media company. Vigeland spent 11 years as an anchor for public radio’s Marketplace, including 6 hosting the personal finance show Marketplace Money. She is currently writing her first book under contract with Random House.