Martin Jacobs

Martin Jacobs is an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group. He has 29 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 16 years. Before joining Capital, Martin was an executive director and senior investment analyst at Brinson Partners, Inc. in Chicago and an industry analyst at Security Pacific Merchant Bank in New York. He was also a research analyst at the Wharton Center for Applied Research, Inc. Martin holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of the CFA Institute. Martin is currently a member of the Capital Group Companies Los Angeles Charitable Contributions Committee, a Vice Chairman of the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, a Director of the Board of Trustees of the Crossroads Community School, and a Trustee of Thrive Scholars.

Jeff Weiss

Jeff Weiss founded CCI, Inc. in 1986.  CCI runs exclusive ongoing forums where CEOs and senior executives from Global 1000 firms and large healthcare systems can explore strategies and growth.  CCI is partnered with major global consulting firms.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA, where he so-leads the Leadership Program for UCLA/Rand National Clinician Scholars Program (Formerly Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars).

In 1983, Jeff co-founded the Southern California Technology Executives Network (SO/CAL/TEN), a CEO development organization composed of 210 technology chief executives and sponsored by leading venture capital, investment banking, major law and search firms.  SO/CAL/TEN was recognized by Inc. and Fortune as one of the first and most successful high-tech networking organizations.

Previously, he was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Bio-Behavioral Sciences at the UCLA Medical School and served as Director of the Department of Behavior Medicine at the UCLA/San Bernardino County Medical Center, where he taught Family Medicine and Introduction to Psychiatry to UCLA/UCR Medical Students.  He is a licensed Psychologist specializing in behavioral medicine, achievement motivation and career strategy.

Previously, Jeff was a Director at City of Hope Medical Center, High Technology Group, Chrysalis (a homeless employment organization) , Homeboy Industries and MindCare Solutions, a Venture funded Telepsychiatry Firm spun out of Vanderbilt. He was also a Trustee of the California School of Professional Psychology and was a Trustee of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.

He received a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an MS in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical School.

Renita Smith

Renita Smith is Founder of an independent consulting firm that guides companies in developing and implementing marketing, business development, and fundraising strategy.  Renita gained experience at companies such as Citicorp North America and General Mills. Renita has also served as Executive Consultant and Vice President of Strategy to the Los Angeles Urban League, and served on the Board of Trustees of Chadwick School.  She is particularly passionate about ensuring the success of underrepresented minority students in the STEM fields.  Renita holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University and a MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Pat Kirby

Patrick Kirby has two decades of management experience spanning the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Growth Officer at The Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Before that, Patrick taught high school before taking on a range of leadership roles at Citizen Schools, City Year and in the Timberland Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility department. Patrick is a graduate of McGill University and has served on the Board of Advisors of Orchard Gardens K-8 School (Roxbury, MA), GroundWork USA, and Volunteer NH! and The Brookings Institute’s “Building Bridges Task Force on International Volunteering and Service.” He currently coaches nonprofit executives at the Tufts Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

Evelyn Hou

Evelyn previously served on the board of South Central Scholars from it’s inception in 2001 until a few years ago.  Moved by the stories of the students, their drive and determination, coupled with the devotion and leadership of the Londons, Evelyn and her husband David have remained active in the South Central Scholars community through fundraising and keeping close ties with the organization.  Mother of four children, Evelyn actively participates in three different parent organizations and has also served as President of the Parent Association and Board Member of First Pres Preschool.  She is also a Girl Scout troop leader and a member of Everychild Foundation.  Evelyn graduated from Barnard College with a degree in Economics.

Rick Hess

Rick is a founder and Co-Managing Partner of Evolution Media, an investment company created in partnership with Evolution Media Capital (EMC), TPG Growth, and Participant Media, which invests globally in technology businesses within the sports, media, and entertainment industries. EMC is a merchant bank formed in partnership with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and offers investment advisory, asset management, industry research, capital raising services, and media rights advisory services. Prior to Evolution, Rick led the Film Finance group at CAA where he focused on the packaging and financing of feature films, as well as the structuring of film production and finance companies. Rick serves on the boards of Evolution Media, Evolution Media Capital, Fred Segal, Scopely, Jaunt, iflix, attn:, and is the Chairman of the Board of Inner-City Filmmakers and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Joan Herman

Joan is president and CEO of Herman and Associates LLC, a healthcare and management consulting firm, which specializes in consulting to managed care organizations, provider groups, pharmacy benefit managers, dental, vision and behavioral health companies, as well as to private equity firms investing in healthcare. Prior to that, Ms. Herman was president and CEO of the Consumer Business Unit for WellPoint, Inc. Ms. Herman serves on the Board of Directors of Convergys (NYSE:CVG), HealthSouth (NYSE:HLS), and AARP Services Inc. In addition to Thrive Scholars, she serves on the boards of other non­profit organizations, including the Venice Family Clinic Foundation, the Gabriella Foundation and Center Dance Arts.

Bob Funari

Bob is currently Executive Chairman of Patient Care America and Chairman of the Sapphire RCMS Advisory Board. Mr. Funari has over 32 years of experience managing health care service, medical device, and instrumentation companies. He formerly served on the boards of directors of Beckman Coulter, Bay Cities National Bank (chairman), Community First Financial Group, First Consulting Group, and Pope and Talbot.

He received his BS in mechanical engineering, with honors, from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He and his wife Pam live in Long Beach.

Russell Stein

Russell focuses his practice on advising businesses on the intricacies of U.S. Federal and State tax regulations and advising non-profit charities and charitable foundations on Federal tax regulations and State charitable regulations as well as general business matters. Russell has extensive experience counseling businesses on tax matters relating to corporate mergers & acquisitions, tax planning, business restructurings, partnership taxation as well as certain international tax issues. He has considerable experience in drafting partnership agreements, reviewing and negotiating tax provisions found in merger agreements, and advising companies on tax structuring regarding international holdings.

Russell advises non-profit organizations, charities, and private foundations on a variety of issues ranging from start-up organizational matters through mergers and dissolutions. Russell provides guidance on joint-ventures and partnerships between non-profit and for-profit entities, including advice regarding state regulations and registration requirements involving commercial co-venture agreements.

Russell is a frequent speaker and writer on tax issues for businesses and non-profit organizations.

Vanessa
Gonzalez Lopez

Vanessa is a management consulting analyst at Accenture, focusing on healthcare and public service, especially state, local, and provincial government. She graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in government and a Certificate in Latin American Studies, writing a senior thesis on the Mexican criminal justice system through the prism of inequality.

Vanessa is a SCS Noonan Scholar and participant in the first SCS Summer Academy. Prior to joining Accenture, she interned at a film production and international sales company, a commercial solar energy company, and the Thrive Scholars Summer Academy.