Future of Work: People, Places and Spaces 2022

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Future of Work: People, Places and Spaces 2022

April 6 @ 3:30 pm 7:30 pm

Four Forty Four South Flower

444 Flower St.
Los Angeles, California 90071 United States
+ Google Map

Co-Hosted by

Agenda

3:30 PM Welcome Remarks. Andy Wilson, Executive Director, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

3:40 PM Attendee Introductions

3:55 PM Conversation 1: People

4:50 PM Conversation 2: Places

5:30 PM Conversation 3: Spaces

6:20 PM Wrap Up

6:30 PM Cocktails

7:30 PM Program Concludes

Event Summary

As we pivot to a (hopefully) post-pandemic world there appears to be a common expectation of an impending shift in workplace norms, but what that shift will look like is still unclear. There is a window of opportunity to lean in with new ideas, new evidence, and out of the box thinking on the Future of the Workplace.

Designed as a roundtable conversation of industry leaders, the discussion will cover three main topics:

People – Worker expectations today, mental health, commutes, work/life support
Places – Evolution of Workplace needs, culture and environment
Spaces – Physical as well as virtual spaces & tools

The format of the meeting is collaborative. All participants will have a voice and should bring their assumptions, ideas and perspectives. In addition, you will hear from others who will offer their unique points of view.

These events are invitation-only and feature dynamic exchanges with executive peers. The participants include:

  1. Business leaders with real world experience in managing workforce productivity.
  2. Forward-thinking real estate professionals and property owners and office space designers.
  3. Research consultants / Social Science looking at the human aspects of workplace collaboration, innovation and mental health.

Event Output

The content of the event will be captured as illustrations in real time by graphic recorder Michelle Boos-Stone which will supplement the written summary report we will publish in several weeks.

Thank you to our sponsors

PANELISTS

Jared Baker
SVP, Human Resources & Administration
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
View Bio
Jared Baker
SVP, Human Resources & Administration
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Jared Baker has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in the area of Human Capital Management. Since joining Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. in 2011, Jared has helped establish the company as a recognized leader in producing quality products, creating a diverse work culture, and strengthening business innovation across the Americas. His technical background and interest in people provide a unique skillset to drive efficient growth and development across the organization. His recent focus has been in oversight of various merger and acquisition activities along with the design of leadership training and development initiatives. Currently, Jared serves as a member of the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) Trust Committee and as a member of the Mitsubishi Electric America’s Foundation (MEAF) Board, which invests in innovative strategies empowering youth with disabilities to lead productive lives. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., Jared was with Mindspeed Technologies (MSPD) located in Newport Beach, where he served in various positions within both IT and HR. Prior to his tenure at MSPD, he worked at The Boeing Company and as an SAP HR consultant for various companies. As a presenter, he has spoken at several SAP Tech, Sapphire/ASUG and Employee Benefits events. He holds an MS in Human Resources Management from Chapman University and resides in Huntington Beach, California.

Simon Bamberger
Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group
View Bio
Simon Bamberger
Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Simon Bamberger is a Managing Director and Partner with the Boston Consulting Group based in Los Angeles. He is a core member of BCG’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Practice. In his 14 years with BCG, he has been advising senior leaders in the technology industry on critical strategic topics. Simon has advised his clients in tech on the Future of Work, helping companies hire and retain the best talent and ultimately deliver a best-in-class customer experience.

Peter Belisle
President, Southwest Region
JLL
View Bio
Peter Belisle
President, Southwest Region
JLL

As President of the Southwest Region, Peter Belisle has direct oversight over JLL’s regional operations which include ten offices and nearly 2,600 employees throughout Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Business lines under Mr. Belisle’s direction include tenant representation, agency leasing, project and development services, capital markets, public institutions, and a property and facilities management portfolio of 144 million square feet.

With nearly 24 years of commercial real estate experience, Mr. Belisle has worked and lived in Southern California for most of his career, and understands the needs of both occupiers and investors. Mr. Belisle joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 2000 from The Walt Disney Company where he served as the Director of Development and Program Management with responsibility for more than $230 million of international development. Most recently, he served as the President of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Energy and Sustainability Services overseeing more than 90 professionals in the U.S. Prior to that, he served as the President of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Project and Development Services group overseeing more than 1,200 project managers responsible for assignments with an aggregate construction value of more than $20 billion. Education and affiliations Peter’s professional path includes an M.B.A. in real estate and finance from The Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA. He is registered as an Engineer in Training, is a Council Member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an active member of the real estate alumni group of UCLA Anderson Business School and CoreNet Global.

Bryan Berthold
Global Lead of Workplace Experience and Senior Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield
View Bio
Bryan Berthold
Global Lead of Workplace Experience and Senior Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield

Bryan Berthold is the Global Lead of Workplace Experience within Cushman and Wakefield’s Total Workplace practice. This practice includes all aspects of developing and supporting new ways of working in a more virtual and distribute world.

Bryan’s architectural, workplace and change expertise builds holistic solutions that integrate experiences for clients and employees including the trademarked Experience per Square Foot™ (XSF) diagnostic. Mr. Berthold works to lead and inspire teams to improve a client’s brand experience with solutions that drive culture and integrate people, place and technology.

Bryan is a thought leader in the workplace experience arena and, through XSF, brings data and insight to the impacts the pandemic has had on human behaviour across the globe. He has extensive knowledge on future trends and brings insights on what the impacts have on the future of work with both remote work and the state of the future office to support an ever- changing workplace and how to build return to office plans that will inspire the workforce. Mr. Berthold is a licensed architect and has over 15 years on the client side developing real estate and workplace strategies for companies. Bryan is an industry leader in workplace strategy and is Top Faculty at Corenet Global where he teaches how to align business and real estate strategies. He has been active in workplace, services and portfolio strategies for more than 20 years with Truist Bank, TD Financial Group, Washington Mutual, Capital One and Bank of America.

Marty Borko
Executive Director
Urban Land Institute
View Bio
Marty Borko
Executive Director
Urban Land Institute

Marty Borko is the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Los Angeles. Borko left his post as Principal at Gensler in Los Angeles to command the day-to-day workings and long-range planning of one of ULI’s largest and most active regional chapters. As Executive Director Borko pilots the organization as it confronts the most critical land-use challenges in the city, including the homeless and housing affordability crisis, as well as city planning, infrastructure, transportation, open-space and historic districts. In his tenure at Gensler’s Los Angeles office, Borko grew the firm’s Planning and Urban Design, Entertainment, and Mixed Use practices and had been principal-in-charge on numerous international and Los Angeles projects. In addition to being a Sustaining Member of ULI’s Entertainment Development Council and member of the USC Price School Planning Program Advisory Board, Borko is: Associate Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA); Member, American Planning Association (APA); Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC); Member, International Association of Amusement Parks (IAAPA); Dean’s Council, University of Oregon College of Design; Board Member, Los Angeles Downtown Breakfast Club; Member, Southern California Development Forum; and Member, Central City Association.

Andy Cohen
Co-CEO
Gensler
View Bio
Andy Cohen
Co-CEO
Gensler

Andy Cohen is one of two co-CEOs of Gensler, the world’s top architecture and design firm. He just celebrated his 40th anniversary with Gensler. Since 2005, Andy and Co-CEO Diane Hoskins have exemplified collaborative leadership, overseeing both the long-term strategy and day-to-day operations of the global practice known for its award-winning design innovation and research. Under their guidance, Gensler has organically grown to become the largest in the field, with some 6,000 people networked across 50 offices, serving clients in more than 120 countries.

As co-CEO and former board chair, Andy is a key creator of what is acknowledged by its peers as the most admired and preeminent architecture and design firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies that are shaping the built environment of the next century and beyond.

Rick Cole
Executive Director
Congress for the New Urbanism
View Bio
Rick Cole
Executive Director
Congress for the New Urbanism

Rick Cole is the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism which advocates for the architecture of community in America’s cities and towns. He also teaches urban policy at Occidental College and Pepperdine University. He spent thirty years in public service, including stints as Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles and City Manager in three California communities, Santa Monica, Ventura and Azusa. Prior to that he spent twelve years on the Pasadena City Council, including a term as Mayor. The Los Angeles Times called him “one of Southern California’s most visionary planning thinkers.” Rick has been recognized as one of “America’s Public Officials of the Year” by Governing Magazine and one of the “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology Magazine. He has won numerous awards for municipal management excellence and urban planning leadership. He co-chairs ULI-LA’s Homelessness Initiative Council as well as the Poverty and Homelessness Task Force at St. Monica’s Catholic Church and serves as the pro bono Housing Advisor to the Mayor of Pasadena. He previously served as Housing and Homelessness Advisor to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. He also writes a biweekly column on public policy issues for the Southern California News Group, which includes the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register.

Brian Elliott
Executive Leader, Future Forum and SVP
Slack Future Forum
View Bio
Brian Elliott
Executive Leader, Future Forum and SVP
Slack Future Forum

Brian is the Executive Leader of Future Forum, a new consortium launched by Slack to help companies reimagine work in the new digital-first world. Future Forum equips leaders to drive transformation at work, helping them reimagine how people, process and tools come together to make work better for people as well as companies. Brian has spent three decades leading teams and building companies as a startup CEO, as a product leader at Google, and now at Slack where he is a Senior VP. Prior to Future Forum, Brian was the General Manager of Platform at Slack. Brian received a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business. His work has been published and cited in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The Economist, and The New York Times. Brian is also co-author of How The Future Works: Leading Flexible Teams to Do the Best Work of Their Lives, and the proud father of two young men.

Kian Gohar
Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, and Futurist and CEO
GEOLAB
View Bio
Kian Gohar
Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, and Futurist and CEO
GEOLAB

Kian Gohar is a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and futurist, and inspires organizations to harness innovation and “moonshots” to solve complex problems. He is Founder & CEO of Geolab, an innovation research and leadership development firm. He’s co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book “Competing in the New World of Work” published by Harvard Business Review in 2022. A former executive director of the XPRIZE Foundation and Singularity University, Kian has coached the leadership teams of dozens of Fortune 500 companies on innovation, leadership and the future of work. Kian has been featured widely in global media, and is a sought-after keynote speaker for marquee events globally. He’s a graduate of the Harvard Business School, and can be found on social media @fromthekgb.

Nick Griffin
Executive Director
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID)
View Bio
Nick Griffin
Executive Director
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID)

As the Downtown Center Business Improvement District’s Executive Director, Nick Griffin spearheads the organization’s marketing, economic development and strategic initiatives, to attract companies, retailers, investors and residents to Downtown Los Angeles, one of the nation’s most dynamic urban centers. Prior to the DCBID, Nick spent more than 25 years in business development in the real estate, media and technology industries. Nick is a graduate of UCLA and holds an MBA from Ohio State University.

Laurent Grill
Partner
JLL Spark Global Ventures
View Bio
Laurent Grill
Partner
JLL Spark Global Ventures

Laurent is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He works with start-up founders to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures, and disruptive products. He has founded, expanded, and managed multiple start-ups prior to his venture career. Previous to JLL Spark, he led Luma Launch’s early-stage venture fund, investing in over 30 companies across a variety of sectors in the software space. As a Partner at JLL Spark he hopes to drive the technology revolution forward in the real estate space. He is looking to identify and back the companies leading the way during this shift.

Suzanne Holley
President & CEO
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID)
View Bio
Suzanne Holley
President & CEO
Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID)

Suzanne Holley is President & CEO of the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID), a coalition of nearly 2,000 property owners in the central business district of Downtown Los Angeles whose mission is to make Downtown safe and clean and bring investment into the city center. Suzanne joined the DCBID in 2013 as its Chief Operating Officer and assumed her current role as head of the organization in 2018. Prior to joining the DCBID, Suzanne worked in commercial real estate management for over 20 years, most recently as Vice President, Property Management for MPG Office Trust, a public REIT, and the largest owner and operator of Class A office properties in Downtown Los Angeles. During her tenure at MPG, Holley was responsible for overseeing the management of 14 million square feet of office and retail mixed-use assets in Southern California and Colorado. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and serves on the Board of Directors of Film LA and the California Downtown Association.

Doug Holte
Founder & CEO
Agile Workweek Investments
View Bio
Doug Holte
Founder & CEO
Agile Workweek Investments

Doug Holte is the Founder and CEO of Agile Workweek Investments, his startup that is investing in disruptive technologies and modernized properties for a more efficient and agile workweek. Doug’s inspiration for AWI was not Covid, but rather accelerated by it; the changes he began to see in how people want to live and work started several years ago. Doug has had an illustrious career in commercial real estate, most recently as President of Irvine Company for over 10 years, and a longtime senior partner and West Coast leader at Hines. He’s also currently a senior advisor to a new proptech venture capital fund, and on the board of important Orange County organizations such as UCI Beall Applied Innovation and CEO Leadership Alliance. He is a visionary with a huge heart for an inclusive, collaborative and supportive community that works for everyone, and he leads by example in his efforts there. I’m always inspired by our conversations and appreciate his friendship. Doug is also a great storyteller, which you’ll experience in our conversation. It is so exciting to see him building on the vision he has, and to have him on the podcast. Hear about the inception of AWI, Doug’s amazing journey into the entrepreneurial realm, and how everything has now changed in how most of us will design and live our (work) weeks moving forward.

Rob Jernigan
Senior Vice President
Clayco
View Bio
Rob Jernigan
Senior Vice President
Clayco

Rob Jernigan’s years of experience have been driven by his deep understanding of the science of architecture and his desire to continually improve upon it. Rob possesses an instinctive ability to bring together diverse teams on behalf of a common goal, whether that goal is a high-rise office tower or a community outreach program. From pioneering fast-track methods for expediting delivery in the public and private sectors to redefining the state-of-the-art investment-grade commercial building through the integration of sustainable design, Rob has remained in the vanguard. Rob’s work includes multiple award-winning and highly complex projects.

Laura Johnson
VP, Delivery System Strategy & Innovation
Kaiser Permanente
View Bio
Laura Johnson
VP, Delivery System Strategy & Innovation
Kaiser Permanente

Laura Johnson is the Vice President of Kaiser Permanente’s Delivery System Strategy & Innovation, responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the Southern California and Hawaii’s capital plan and facilities development. Prior to her current position, she served as Managing Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California regional internal consulting function. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in October of 2003, Laura worked nine years as a senior manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Los Angeles office with an emphasis in health plan strategy and operations. Laura received her MBA from UCLA Anderson and her undergraduate business degree in Finance & Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She loves living in Hermosa Beach with her husband and 18 year old son. She enjoys all outdoor activities (especially skiing, hiking, biking), traveling, and playing piano.

Jessica Ku Kim
VP, Economic and Workforce Development
LAEDC
View Bio
Jessica Ku Kim
VP, Economic and Workforce Development
LAEDC

In her role as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development, Jessica Ku Kim provides strategic direction and leads LAEDC’s collaborative efforts with business, education, and the workforce ecosystem to support a growing, equitable, sustainable and resilient economy. Leveraging her expertise in convening and engaging businesses leaders to understand and meet their operations and labor needs, Jessica leads one of the most effective small business assistance programs in the nation that has attracted, retained or helped create more than 250,000 direct jobs for LA County residents in firms directly assisted by LAEDC. Aligned with her passion for and experience in providing direct community services for over 15 years, she also directs LAEDC’s Together for LA Small Business Program including an online information and referral resource and technical assistance team created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and dedicated to aggressively outreach to small businesses, nonprofits, and micro-enterprises and provide resources and assistance. Jessica also leads LAEDC’s strategic initiatives that includes industry cluster development in aerospace, advanced transportation, digital media and entertainment and bioscience. Lastly, Jessica oversees LAEDC’s workforce initiatives, including the Center for a Competitive Workforce partnership with our region’s 19 community colleges, to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education ecosystem to meet our changing labor market demands and strengthen pathways for all communities into family-sustaining and in-demand careers. Jessica has intimate knowledge of programs funded on state and national levels including WIOA, California State Workforce Development Board, U.S. Department of Labor, and California Employment Training Panel.

She has demonstrated success in developing, implementing, and managing workforce development programs for target populations including incumbent workers, new hires, disadvantaged youth, veterans, homeless, individuals with disabilities, and re-entry. In addition, she is experienced in developing innovative job training programs, pre-apprenticeships, and/or apprenticeships in partnership with businesses in the construction trades, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, utility and other in-demand industries. Jessica is a proud Angeleno and honored to be a Commissioner on the Los Angeles City Workforce Development Board and Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board. Prior to LAEDC, Jessica served as the Special Projects Manager at the South Bay Workforce Investment Board. In this capacity, she provided sound, innovative and strategic leadership through program development and administration for one of the most innovative workforce development boards in the nation. Jessica has also served as the Director of Operations for ACCORD Community First that provided workforce development services across seven counties in Southern California where she led the Green Skills=Green Jobs initiative in partnership with the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO. She received her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.

Ariel Maidansky
General Manager of Suites and Access Products
Industrious
View Bio
Ariel Maidansky
General Manager of Suites and Access Products
Industrious

Ariel Maidansky is the General Manager for Industrious’ Suites and Access products, responsible for the strategic direction, vision, growth, and performance of Industrious’ enterprise offerings. Ariel is an experienced entrepreneur and forward-thinking executive with over a decade of experience in developing and launching new products and marketer strategies. He is known for unlocking new revenue opportunities and leading end to end innovation within organizations.

Prior to joining Industrious, Ariel served as SVP and Head of Innovation at Foundry55, the innovation arm of The Aaron’s Company, Inc., which he joined after Aaron’s acquired his company Envizzo in 2020. Envizzo changed the way real estate is furnished by enabling property managers and developers to design, furnish, and stage their properties. In addition to being GM for Industrious, Ariel is an investor in Doorsey and serves as an advisor for Biome, an award-winning and fast-growing startup that helps people track and improve the health of their indoor spaces.

Michael Maltzen
Principal Architect
Michael Maltzan Architecture
View Bio
Michael Maltzen
Principal Architect
Michael Maltzan Architecture

Michael Maltzan founded Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in 1995. His projects cross a wide range of typologies, from cultural institutions to city infrastructure. Michael’s notable projects include the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, MoMA QNS, Star Apartments, the Pittman Dowell Residence, the new Sixth Street Viaduct, MIT Vassar Street Residential Hall, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Inuit Art Centre.

Michael received an M.Arch from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and BFA and B.Arch degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and received the 2016 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal. He is a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award and was elected to the National Academy of Design in 2020. In 2021 the Society of Architectural Historians presented him with its Change Agent Award.

He currently serves on the Deans leadership council at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Visiting Committee to the GSD. He was featured in the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s 2019 film, What It Takes to Make a Home, delivered the 20th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and his work was named One of the 25 Best Inventions of 2015 by Time Magazine. Michael’s work has gained international acclaim for innovation in both design and construction. It has been recognized with five Progressive Architecture awards, 47 citations from local, state and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence, the Zumtobel Group Award for Innovations for Sustainability & Humanity in the Built Environment, and a 2020 Best of the Millennium AIA LA Honor Award. The firm and its projects have been widely featured in national and international publications and have been exhibited in museums worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Museum of Modern Art New York, the Heinz Architectural Center, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. The firm’s work was selected for the 2006, 2018, and 2020 La Biennale di Venezia.

Duane Mataczynski
General Manager of Modern Work
Microsoft, Enterprise Commercial West Region
View Bio
Duane Mataczynski
General Manager of Modern Work
Microsoft, Enterprise Commercial West Region

Duane Mataczynski is General Manager of Modern Work for Microsoft’s Enterprise Commercial West Region with $1.0B + in revenue, responsible for directing Modern Work and Security solutions sales across Northern and Southern California, CO, AZ, UT, NV, OR and WA. A twenty-year Microsoft veteran, Duane has a proven track record for delivering strategic initiatives and sales programs to drive overall growth. Before his current role, Duane held the position of Director of Modern Work Sales West region, and previously the Director of Modern Workplace sales Southwest region. He also has held the position of Solution Specialist over the years covering national as well as regional territories. Duane’s 19 years at Microsoft, he had sales roles at PlaceWare Inc, Merant, Force 4 and Lanier Worldwide. Duane Mataczynski holds a Bachelor of Science from Southern Oregon University with a major in Business Administration. Mataczynski currently lives in Carlsbad, CA with his family, wife Shannon and son Connor who attends University of Colorado Boulder. He is passionate about reading across many genres, golf, and travel.

Jim McCarthy
CEO & Co-Founder
Stellar Live
View Bio
Jim McCarthy
CEO & Co-Founder
Stellar Live

Jim McCarthy is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Stellar. For nearly 20 years, Jim served as CEO of Goldstar, revered as an essential marketing tool for 5,000 live entertainment organizers looking to find new audiences, increase revenue and sell out shows. When the COVID-19 crisis shut down the live entertainment industry in March 2020, Jim led the charge to develop Stellar, the first-ever Total Show Management System (TSM) to help producers create and sell high quality live streaming events. In October 2020, Stellar officially launched. In January of 2022, Goldstar was acquired and Stellar became its own company. An e-commerce veteran, Jim has spent his entire career in high-growth businesses and freely shares his knowledge and insight with others. He’s the curator and co-founder of TEDxBroadway, the sold-out annual event dedicated to the question: What’s the Best Broadway Can Be? He’s spoken at conferences all over the world, including TED, SXSW, INTIX and more. He’s the organizer of the Pasadena Entrepreneurs’ MasterMind Meetup. His articles have been in Forbes, Fast Company and Business Insider. About Jim, Bob Lefsetz has said, “Jim McCarthy is smart, he’d win in any world, not only via his brain, but his hard work and dedication.” Jim is a very active member on the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Playhouse. He studied English at Harvard University and received an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Jim has a black belt in Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu. And, he hosts a very popular podcast dedicated to his pursuit of great whiskey.

Liz Moule
Co-Founder
Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists
View Bio
Liz Moule
Co-Founder
Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists

Ms. Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. A native of California, she holds a M.Arch. from Princeton University, a B.A. from Smith College in Art History and Government, and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City.

She is a cofounder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), a national organization aimed at integrating aesthetic, social, environmental, economic and policy aspects of urbanism, and is an emeritus member of its Board of Directors. A founding partner of Moule & Polyzoides, Architects and Urbanists, she is a national leader in environmental sustainability and designed one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Robert Redford Building for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, California. She recently coauthored the CNU’s Canons of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism, companion to the Charter of the New Urbanism. Ms. Moule’s experience ranges from the design of educational, institutional, commercial and civic buildings to historic rehabilitation, housing, campus planning and large urban design projects at all scales.

A frequently invited public speaker, she has been published in The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dwell and Residential Architect and has contributed articles to many books and periodicals, including The Nikkei Shimbun, The Los Angeles Forum, The Charter for the New Urbanism and The Seaside Tapes.

Liz has taught on an invited guest teaching basis at several universities including the University of Miami, University of Washington, USC and KTH in Stockholm among others. She has also been appointed the Robert A. M. Stern Visting Professor in Classical Architecture at Yale University.

Moule & Polyzoides is the winner of twelve Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Design Awards. Their project for Lancaster Blvd won the EPA’s highest award, the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement: Overall Excellence in Smart Growth. They are the recipients of the Seaside Prize (1998) and the Institute of Art & Architecture 2015 Arthur Ross Award for Community and Civic Design.

Hilary Norton
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
FASTLinkDTLA
View Bio
Hilary Norton
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
FASTLinkDTLA

Hilary Norton is the Chairwoman Emeritus of the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of FASTLinkDTLA, the Transportation Management Organization for Downtown Los Angeles. Hilary was appointed to the CTC by Governor Gavin Newsom in September 2019, and elected Chair of the CTC in August 2020. Hilary concluded her second term as Chair on February 28 th , 2022. She brings over 30 years of experience in transportation and community development to her Commission role.  Ms. Norton’s primary goals as CTC Chair include investing over $5 billion in annual SB1 gas tax and other funds into California’s transportation infrastructure system in order to improve outcomes in equity, mobility across numerous modes, safety, environment/climate change resilience, and economic growth. As the Executive Director of FASTLinkDTLA – a new Transportation Management Organization (TMO) for Downtown LA (DTLA)– with a goal of reducing single occupant vehicle (SOV) trips in DTLA by 75% by 2030. To achieve this goal, FASTLinkDTLA TMO connects employers and residents to transit, micro-transit and on-demand shuttles, AVP parking, walking and biking options and advocates for new mobility options to be funded to travel to and within DTLA. Through FASTLinkDTLA, Ms. Norton launched one of the first ever in LA County micro-transit systems, connecting travelers through the flexLA multi-mobility app, and connecting new on-demand wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV), transit, vanpools, carpools, scooters, bike share, biking and walking. FASTLinkDTLA enthusiastically supports the proposed LA Streetcar for DTLA, as well as new Metro rail and bus service planned for DTLA such as the Regional Connector, West Santa Ana Branch and Sixth Street/Arts District Station on the Metro Red/Purple Line. As Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST)’s founding Executive Director since 2008, Ms. Norton mobilized a diverse coalition of business, labor, civic groups, educational institutions and transit organizations to support policy and infrastructure improvements to LA’s mobility, livability and economic prosperity. FAST’s primary focuses: 1) Mobility Hubs – carshare, bikeshare, bike parking, EV charging and traveler services at transit stations, job and education centers; 2) comprehensive arterial improvements to improve travel time, encourage mode shift, and promote safety and transit connectivity; 3) Metro ExpressLanes expansion throughout LA County, creating the Metro ExpressLanes Business Roundtable to support the I-110/I-10 pilot corridors; 4) Expanding LA County’s bus rapid transit (BRT) network, especially in her neighborhood of Eagle Rock; and 5) Revitalizing the Arts District in DTLA with new mobility options: the Sixth Street/ Arts District Metro Station, and Sixth Street Viaduct / Sixth Street Park — the largest bridge reconstruction project in LA’s history, adding bicycle and pedestrian lanes, and connections to the LA River and the Metro Red/Purple Line. Ms. Norton is President and Managing Partner of Effect Strategies, a full-service strategic communications firm, with clients ranging from biotech/life sciences to innovations in service delivery, clean buildings, and mobility. Ms. Norton served as 2018 Chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed), and is on the Board of Directors of the Central City Association. She co-chairs the Transportation Committees for BizFed, the LA Chamber of Commerce, and the LA Business Council (LABC). Ms. Norton is a member of the UCLA Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS) Advisory Board and a member of SCAG’s GLUE Council and its TDM Working Group. Ms. Norton holds a BA from Wellesley College and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is the mother of two adults, Xavier and Eva Orozco.

Katharine Perez
Los Angeles Cities Leader and Associate Principal
Arup
View Bio
Katharine Perez
Los Angeles Cities Leader and Associate Principal
Arup

Katherine Perez is the Los Angeles Cities Leader and Associate Principal with Arup. She is an expert in urban planning, transportation, and oversees the alternative procurement delivery team in Los Angeles. With her background in economic development, real estate development, transport and urban planning policy, she is recognized as a leader in the planning and development fields. Katherine managed numerous complex projects, utilizing her 22 years of experience in planning and development to help public and private sector clients develop, optimize, and manage their assets.

Thomas Ricci
Managing Principal Development & Construction
Coretrust
View Bio
Thomas Ricci
Managing Principal Development & Construction
Coretrust

Mr. Ricci is a founding and managing principal of Coretrust, and sits on the Management and Investment Committees. He is responsible for planning, architecture, construction, community and government relations, development and marketing. He has over 30 million SF of development, entitlement, and redevelopment experience. Prior to co-founding Coretrust, Mr. Ricci was Executive Vice President at TPGI, and was responsible for planning, architecture, construction, community and government relations, development and marketing. While at TPGI, Mr. Ricci oversaw several large mixed-use developments, including Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles, NBC/Universal Studios Back Lot Vision Plan and [email protected] Master Plan in Los Angeles, Four Points Centre in Austin, CityWestPlace in Houston, and Campus El Segundo in El Segundo. From 1992 until mid-1998, Mr. Ricci was Vice President of Planning and Entitlements at Maguire Thomas Partners. Prior to 1987, Mr. Ricci was an active-duty U.S. Air Force Captain in the Facilities Division charged with planning, programming, designing and constructing hospitals, clinics, and medical support facilities at various military locations in-country and abroad. Mr. Ricci holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from the New York Institute of Technology.

Maria Salinas
President & CEO
LA Chamber of Commerce
View Bio
Maria Salinas
President & CEO
LA Chamber of Commerce

Maria S. Salinas is the President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Los Angeles County representing member companies and serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region. Ms. Salinas took the helm of the organization in August of 2018 and became the first woman and Latina to lead the Chamber in its 132-year history. An accomplished business woman, entrepreneur and a determined community leader, Ms. Salinas’ business acumen and financial expertise provides her with the right experience to lead the L.A. Area Chamber.

Ms. Salinas, a steward of the Chamber’s new vision, “A Thriving Region for All,” has re-imagined the role of the Chamber. The Chamber looks to the future with a vision to build an inclusive economy and lead in three pillar areas of focus: advocacy work, global engagement and through community collaboration for economic growth and mobility. The Los Angeles region, which is the 14th largest economy in the world, and the Chamber membership represents a broad spectrum of industries, small businesses, corporations, academic institutions and nonprofits, which are all examples that the Los Angeles economy is diverse, dynamic and that business is a force for good.

Ms. Salinas is an appointee to Governor Gavin Newsom’s Commission on the Future of Work and named to his Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. She was appointed to the US Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, a distinction reserved for the top 100 Chambers across the country. She represents the Los Angeles business community in state- wide policy initiatives with the Coalition of Regional Economic Association Leaders (R.E.A.L.), she is a member of the Board of Directors of Mobility 21, a regional transportation effort, and an appointee of Mayor Eric Garcetti to the MEXLA Commission, a foreign policy initiative between Mexico and Los Angeles.

She serves on the Board of Directors of The Music Center, Pacific Council, UnidosUS and Southern California Leadership Network among others. Ms. Salinas lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband and their four sons.

Natalie Schilling
SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer
Edison International and Southern California Edison
View Bio
Natalie Schilling
SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer
Edison International and Southern California Edison

Natalie Schilling is Senior Vice President and hief human resources officer for Edison International and Southern California Edison. She is responsible for all aspects of the companies’ human resources function including people strategy, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion, talent management, staffing, learning and development and succession planning. Additionally, she oversees labor and employee relations, Total Rewards, workforce analytics and planning, human resources information systems (HRIS), business partners organization effectiveness and HR operations. In her Edison International role, she is responsible for oversight of human resources activities at the company’s nonregulated subsidiary Edison Energy. Previously, Schilling was vice president of Human Resources at SCE. She was responsible for people, culture and strategy that included business partners, organizational effectiveness, labor and employee relations, diversity, equity and inclusion, workforce strategy, planning and analytics and HR operations. Before joining SCE, Schilling was the chief human resources officer at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., an aerospace, and defense firm. Her experience also includes extended tenures at Alcoa, Inc., and at Unocal Corporation in all areas of human resources. Schilling serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Schilling earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in human resources from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.

David White
Venture Partner, Ulu Ventures
Deputy Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
View Bio
David White
Venture Partner, Ulu Ventures
Deputy Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

David is a Venture Partner at Ulu Ventures and serves as the Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the nation’s largest Fed Bank by area and population.

David is the immediate past CEO and Chief Negotiator of Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA), and continues to serve as a strategic advisor to the world’s largest entertainment and media union, with 165,000 members worldwide. He is a Strategy Advisor to USC’s influential Center for the Digital Future, and is an independent Board Member of the global consulting firm, RGP. David recently served as a Commissioner for the Industry Commission on Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, and is a Member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a Board Member of the entertainment industry charitable organizations, the Motion Picture and Television Fund and the Actors Fund. He was co-founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group LLC, providing consulting services to the entertainment industry. He was a labor and employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and, prior to law school, was the Executive Director of an innovative youth services organization, Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

A Rhodes Scholar, David is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Oxford University (Queens College) and Grinnell College. He previously served as board Chair and Trustee of the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan, board Chair and Trustee of the SAG-Producers Pension Plan, board Chair and Trustee of Grinnell College, Vice Chair of the Entertainment Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund, Trustee of the AFTRA Retirement Fund, and a Board Member of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. He was also appointed by the Mayor to serve as a Los Angeles area Commissioner for Urban planning and Development.

He has been a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Lawyer, has been featured in various publications including Los Angeles Magazine, and has served as a commentator on national and industry publications, and television and radio shows. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the John M. Langston Bar Association’s Attorney of the Year (2014), the National Bar Association’s Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year (2010), and the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel’s Labor and Personal Representation Counsel of the Year (2009).

Spike Whitney
SVP, Asset Management
Coretrust Capital Partners
View Bio
Spike Whitney
SVP, Asset Management
Coretrust Capital Partners

As Senior Vice President of Asset Management, Mr. Whitney is responsible for the execution of property-level business plans, financing matters, disposition activities and owner/investor communications. He is also responsible for implementing financial, business and management strategies to maximize the value of the firm’s assets in its Coretrust Value Funds. Prior to joining Coretrust, Mr. Whitney worked in the investments group at CommonWealth Partners, where he most recently led the firm’s West Los Angeles and San Diego office investments. He was responsible for the portfolio’s strategic investment plans, overseeing capital improvement projects, negotiating leases, and coordinating marketing decisions. He was involved in firm acquisitions and served in an investment fiduciary capacity including acquisition underwriting, due diligence, and disposition execution. Mr. Whitney started his career at Deloitte & Touche in its real estate group working with both public and private companies in the industry. Mr. Whitney earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California, Leventhal School of Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (active).

Andy Wilson
Executive Director
Alliance for SoCal Innovation
View Bio
Andy Wilson
Executive Director
Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Andy is a leader in the Southern Californian innovation ecosystem and has started, led or invested in more than two dozen tech start-ups. In addition to leading the Alliance as Executive Director, he serves on the City Council for the City of Pasadena and he is a founder of Innovate Pasadena (www.innovatepasadena.org), which is dedicated to advancing the Eastside of Los Angeles as a vibrant innovation center for deep tech.

Previously, as founder of Momentum Ventures, an early stage tech accelerator and venture fund, he personally led more than a half dozen SoCal tech start-ups and invested in almost a dozen others. He previously held senior executive roles (President, SVP Product, CIO, COO) at Overture Services/Yahoo!, RiverOne, Bowne & Co and RR Donnelley & Sons. He has extensive board experience in not-for-profit and community organizations such as Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena Heritage and STEAMCODERS. He is a regular speaker at entrepreneurs’ events and business schools and was named one of the 50 Most Innovative Men in the San Gabriel Valley. Andy holds an engineering degree with honors from Dartmouth College and received his MBA with a concentration in operations and technology management from Harvard Business School.