LAMCII: LOS ANGELES MAYOR'S COUNCIL ON INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY
The Council
The Los Angeles Mayor's Council on Innovation and Industry is committed to the support of LA's vibrant business ecosystem. The council was formed to help spread the word about our amazing city and to find ways to foster its continuing growth.
Frank Addante
Frank Addante
Frank is the co-founder and CEO of The Rubicon Project, a leading technology company automating the buying and selling of advertising globally. He also co-founded L90 (acquired by DoubleClick) and StrongMail.
Scott Lahman
Scott Lahman
Scott is the co-founder and CEO of GOGII (text+). Previously, Scott joined Activision in 1994 and ran their internal studio. In 2000, he co-founded JAMDAT Mobile, which had a successful IPO in 2004 and sold to EA in 2006.
Ravi Ahuja
Ravi Ahuja
Ravi is the Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Development for Fox Networks Group. He has served as CFO at Virgin Entertainment Group and was an associate with McKinsey & Company.
Brett Markinson
Brett Markinson
Brett co-founded Hautelook, which was acquired by Nordstrom and angel invested in LowerMyBills, which was acquired by Experian. He has invested in over 28 companies, most of which have been based in Los Angeles.
Mitra Best
Mitra Best
Mitra is the Innovation Leader for PwC. She leads the disciplined approach to inspire, evaluate and implement innovative ideas across the organization with the critical mission to support the development of new services and market opportunities across industries.
Howard Marks
Howard Marks
Howard is the co-chair of StartEngine which is a accelerator for web-based technology startups. He founded the rebirth of Activision in 1991 and is an entrepreneur and an expert in building companies that focus on content and technology; especially video and online games.
Paul Bricault
Paul Bricault
Paul is co-founder of Amplify.la, a hands-on startup accelerator and multi-faceted entrepreneurial campus in Los Angeles. He was formerly an executive with William Morris, where he launched The Mailroom Fund—a successful venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T.
 Jim McDermott
Jim McDermott
Jim is the co-founder of US Renewables Group, one of the largest investment firms focused exclusively on the renewable energy industry. He has worked in the software/internet category and founded Stamps.com and Spoke Software.
Brendon Cassidy
Brendon Cassidy
Brendon is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Elevator Labs and also Wilshire Media Group. Formerly, he was the CTO for Virgin Digital. Recently, he raised $20m for Elevator Labs, which has launched Hello Music and FatCloud in the past 12 months.
Leslie Michelson
Leslie Michelson
Leslie is the CEO of Private Health Management. Formerly, he was the CEO of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Acurian, Protocare and Value Health Sciences. Earlier in his career, he practiced law in Washington DC and served as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the US Department of Health and Human Services during the Carter Adminstration.
Randy Churchill
Randy Churchill
Randy is the Senior Vice President in charge of Business Development at Cooley LLP’s new Santa Monica office. He is also the immediate past President of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA).
Sean Moriarty
Sean Moriarty
Sean is on the Board of Directors of ticketing startup Eventbrite, USamp and CoachArt.org among others. Formerly, he was the CEO of Ticketmaster and prior to that he was part of the technology team at Citysearch.
Martha Corbett
Martha Corbett
Martha is the Advisory Global Inbound Markets Leader for PwC. She has been with PwC for over 28 years in various roles locally and nationally, including PwC’s US Strategy Committee and the US Extended Leadership Team.
Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr.
Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr. is Senior Associate Dean of UCLA Anderson and professor of Global Economics & Management. In this role, he oversees the office of development, alumni relations, corporate initiatives, marketing and communications, and executive education. He is also the founder and faculty director of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UCLA.
Gil Elbaz
Gil Elbaz
Gil is a serial entrepreneur with LA roots. A graduate from CalTech, he founded Applied Semantics in 1998 which was acquired by Google and became Google AdSense. He is now the founder and CEO of Factual.com.
Scott Painter
Scott Painter
Scott is the founder and CEO of TrueCar.com. He founded CarsDirect and Build-To-Order previously as well as an incubation firm called Brighthouse. He is also the co-founder of US Gaming.
Brian Garrett
Brian Garrett
Brian is the Managing Director of Crosscut Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm. He is also the co-founder and CEO of StyleSaint. Brian has worked closely with many Silicon Valley companies and is very active in the Los Angeles startup community.
James Pitaro
James Pitaro
James is the co-president of Disney Interactive Media Group which serves as the online, mobile and social-media gateway to everything Disney. Prior to that, he served as vice president of Yahoo! Media in Santa Monica.
Todd Gitlin
Todd Gitlin
Todd is the founder and CEO of Safire Partners, a leading executive search firm focused on emerging growth companies based in Southern California. He is a recognized leader in executive search and has also served as a mentor at local accelerators and an investor in many LA based startups.
Kamran Pourzanjani
Kamran Pourzanjani
Kamran is the co-founder and former CEO of PriceGrabber, which was acquired by Experian. He has served on the board of directors at LegalZoom and Oversee.net. Kamran is an active investor in many local startups including: Docstock, ShoeDazzle and the Honest Company. In 2008, he founded Bestcovery.com where he serves as the CEO.
Zorik Gordon
Zorik Gordon
Zorik is the CEO and co-founder of ReachLocal, which went IPO in 2010. He was also the CEO of WorldWinner and the founder of Jackpot.com.
Robin Richards
Robin Richards
Recently co- founded Internships.com. He has started and sold multiple companies in Southern California including The NTI Group, MP3.com, Tickets.com and Lexi International.
David Hernand
David Hernand
David is a founding partner and partner in charge of Cooley LLP’s Los Angeles office. He has been involved in many of the most significant technology company M&A transactions and investment transactions in Southern California.
Jeff Stibel
Jeff Stibel
Is involved in such firms as Edgecast, Autobytel, The Search Agency, and United Online. Recently he raised $200m to acquire a division of D&B and relocated them to Malibu.
Krizstina "Z" Holly
Krizstina "Z" Holly
Z is an Engineer, entrepreneur, and innovation expert. Most recently Vice Provost for Innovation at the University of Southern California and founding Executive Director for the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.
Bill Woodward
Bill Woodward
The Managing Director of Anthem Venture Partners, one of Southern California's leading venture capital firms. He is an investor in Demand Media, TrueCar, BuzzMedia, and Beachmint.
Zack Zalon
Zack Zalon
Formerly ran Virgin Digital until co-founding Wilshire Media Group in 2006. Recently, he raised $20m for Elevator Labs, which has launched Hello Music and FatCloud in the past 12 months.
Jimmy O'Mahony
Jimmy O'Mahony
Jimmy O’Mahony is the former CEO for global markets at leading Advertising Agency Saatchi & Saatchi. He has worked with many of the world’s leading brands including: Lexus, Procter & Gamble, Mead Johnson, Novartis, Fox, Sony, Ericsson, and many more. He has also been a client-side brand marketer in the beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, retail and gaming industries.
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