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

Ajay Nirula

Vice President, Immunology

Lilly Research Laboratories

Lilly Biotechnology Center

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

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

Julie Hill


The Hill Company

Vice Chair

Alliance for SoCal Innovation

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

Rachna Khosla

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Amgen Inc.

Scott Wolfe


Latham and Watkins LLP

Steve Poizner

Technology Entrepreneur

Todd Brinton

Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology, Chief Scientific Officer

Edwards Lifesciences

Tony Driscoll

Senior Vice President, Emerging and Production Technologies and Data Services


Research Institutions

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Fred Farina

Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer

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Errol Arkilic

Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Amir Naiberg

Associate Vice Chancellor, CEO & President

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Rosibel Ochoa

Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships


Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Technology Commercialization

Vice Chair for the Alliance for Southern California Innovation


Sherylle Mills Englander

Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives and Operations at UCSB’s California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI)

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Ishwar Puri

Vice President of Research

Chell Roberts

Dean of Engineering

Kash Gokli

Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives, Harvey Mudd College

Advisory Council to the Board of Directors

Technology trailblazers, investment experts, and startup veterans

Andy Slavitt

Former Senior Advisor to the Biden Administration COVID Response

General Partner

Town Hall Ventures

Anna Barber



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

Vice President

Alexandria Venture Investments

Ivan Markman

Chief Business Officer


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.

Rob Freelen

Head of Venture Capital Relationship Management

Silicon Valley Bank

Scott Stanford

Co-Founder and Partner

Acme Capital

Sean Moriarty


Leaf Group