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.

Board of Directors: Community Leaders

Ajay Nirula

Senior Vice President, Immunology

Site Head, Lilly Biotechnology Center San Diego

Lilly Research Laboratories

Vice Chair, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Ben Savage


Clocktower Ventures

Farzad Azimpour

Senior Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Advanced Technology Unit

Edwards Lifesciences

Gene Sykes

Managing Director

Goldman Sachs

Chairman Emeritus, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Greg Horowitt

Director of Innovation

UC San Diego

Co-Founder and Managing Director

T2 Venture Capital

Co-Author, “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley”

Ivan Markman

Former Chief Business Officer


Jamie Montgomery

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

March Capital

Jody Foldesy

Partner and Managing Director

The Boston Consulting Group

Chairman of the Board, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

John Rossant

Founder and CEO


Julie Hill


The Hill Company

Larry Sonsini


Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati

Chair, Advisory Council of the Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Marc Stern


The TCW Group, Inc

Maria Anguiano

Executive Vice President Learning Enterprise

Arizona State University

Maurizio Vecchione

Chief Innovation Officer

Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation

Rachna Khosla

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Amgen Inc.

Renee LaBran

Board Member


Vice Chair, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Richard Sudek

Special Advisor To The Board

Chairman Emeritus

Tech Coast Angels

Sergej Mahnovski

Managing Director, Strategy, Technology, and Innovation

Edison International

Steve Poizner

Technology Entrepreneur

Co-Founder, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Tad Funahashi

Chief Innovation & Transformation Officer

Kaiser Permanente

Board of Directors: Research Institutions

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Fred Farina

Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer

Errol Arkilic

Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation

Vice Chair, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Mark Wisniewski

Senior Director, Biopharmaceuticals

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Rosibel Ochoa

Associate Vice Chancellor, Technology Partnerships


Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Technology Commercialization


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

SDSU san diego state university

Hala Madanat

Vice President of Research and Innovation

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

Ashley Van Zeeland

Head of Corporate and Business Development

Illumina, Inc.

Brad Feld


Foundry Group

Darren MacDonald

Chief Customer Officer


Doug Holte


EXP by Hines

George T. Whitesides

Chair, Space Advisory Board

Virgin Galactic

Greg Smith

SVP, Digital Strategy

Banc of California

Hallie Kuhn

Senior Vice President, Science & Technology, Capital Markets

Alexandria Venture Investments

Jamie Voris

Chief Technology Officer

The Walt Disney Company

Jim Tananbaum

Founder & CEO

Foresite Capital

Kevin Mayer

Co-CEO and Founder

Candle Media

Mack Ratcliffe

Account Director, Startups and Digital Natives


Michael Corbo

President and CEO

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Mostafa Khairzada

Vice President Innovation and Product Development

Pacific Dental

Scott Stanford

Co-Founder and Partner

ACME Capital

Steven Pacelli

Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Dexcom Ventures