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

Derek Aberle

Co-Founder, President & Chief Operating Officer


Emmanuel Roman

Managing Director and CEO


Gene Sykes – Chair

Managing Director

Goldman Sachs


Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Jody Foldesy

Partner and Managing Director

The Boston Consulting Group

Julie Hill


The Hill Company

Vice Chair

Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Marc Stern


The TCW Group, Inc

Maria Anguiano

Senior Vice President of Strategy

Arizona State University

Michael Yanover

Head of Business Development

Creative Artists Agency

Scott Wolfe


Latham and Watkins LLP

Steve Poizner

Technology Entrepreneur

Thomas Gewecke

Chief Digital Officer & Executive Vice President

Strategy & Business Development

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc

Jon Snoddy

Advanced Development Studio Executive SVP

Walt Disney Imagineering

Research Institutions


Fred Farina

Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer


University of California, Irvine

Dr. Richard Sudek

Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation


UCLA, Technology Development Group

Amir Naiberg

Associate Vice Chancellor, CEO & President


University of California Riverside

Rosibel Ochoa, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor Technology Partnerships


UC San Diego

Dr. Paul Roben

Associate Vice Chancellor, Innovation & Technology Commercialization


UC Santa Barbara

Dr. Joseph Incandela

Vice Chancellor of Research, Professor of Physics


University of Southern California

Maja Mataric

Provost, Interim Vice President of Research


University of San Diego

Dr. Chell Roberts

Dean of Engineering


The Claremont Colleges

Dr. Maria Klawe

President of Harvey Mudd College

Advisory Council to the Board of Directors

Technology trailblazers, investment experts, and startup veterans

Bassil Dahiyat

Chief Executive Officer


Brad Feld


Foundry Group

Drew Murphy

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Edison International

Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD

Professor Emeritus

UC San Francisco

Nobel Laureate

Eric Schmidt

Former Chairman

Alphabet Inc.

Hallie Kuhn


Alexandria Venture Investments

Ivan Markman

Chief Business Officer

Verizon Media

James Demetriades

CEO and Founder

Kairos Ventures

Jeff Henley

Vice Chairman


Julie Miller-Phipps

President Southern California Region

Kaiser Permanente

Larry Sonsini


Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati


Advisory Committee of Alliance for SoCal Innovation

Rachna Khosla

VP, Business Development

Amgen Inc.

Rob Freelen

Los Angeles Market Manager

Silicon Valley Bank

Scott Stanford

Co-Founder and Partner

Acme Capital

Sean Moriarty


Leaf Group