While we prioritize the public health and well-being of our residents, we must also amplify the voices of the businesses and organizations who have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. On May 8, Supervisor Kathryn Barger convened the first meeting of the Los Angeles County Economic Resiliency Task Force in partnership with her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors. This Task Force is charged with developing strategic recommendations to recover and reinvigorate the Los Angeles County economy. Members of the Task Force include industry leaders from 13 important sectors: small business, corporations, labor, infrastructure, food, arts and culture, digital media, non-profits, sports, faith, goods movement, healthcare, and education. Each leader will oversee a sector-specific workgroup of 10-15 members who will share their expertise and experiences.
Tim Dang is a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts for directing and dramaturgy and directed Evita in 2017 and Kentucky in 2018. He is an Arts Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and is Co-Chair of the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Advisory Committee where he implements cultural policy and arts initiatives.
Patrick Niemann is the managing partner for Ernst & Young and has been with the firm for nearly 28 years. He managed the firm’s Greater L.A. audit practice and served as an industry leader for consumer products, media and entertainment, and Japanese business services practices. Niemann is on the corporate advisory board at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, chairs the board for the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, and is on the boards of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and Town Hall Los Angeles.
Linda Griego founded the MLK Community Health Foundation and served as its chair until 2015. She is currently chair of the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit entity under formation that will transform the County’s underutilized properties on the MLK Medical Campus. Griego is president and chief executive officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company.
Mario Cordero is an international maritime industry leader, attorney, and executive director of the Port of Long Beach. Cordero is chair of the board for the American Association of Port Authorities. He previously served as an Executive Board member on AAPA’s Latin American delegation and was instrumental in the development of policy that urged greater cooperation and trade between North American and Latin American ports.
Dr. Barry Corey became the eighth president of Biola University in 2007 and serves on several board committees. Dr. Corey earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Administration from Boston College. He spent a year in rural Bangladesh as a Fulbright scholar, is the former chief academic officer of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a board member for multiple non-profit organizations.
Jackie DuPont-Walker is the founding president of the Ward Economic Development Corporation in Los Angeles. She oversees the construction, remodeling, and management of more than 200 housing projects in the region. She also serves as the chair of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and is involved with multiple community work efforts with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E) and the Ward A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles.
Jeff Shell is the Chief Executive Officer of NBCUniversal. He oversees the company’s valuable portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks.
Regina Birdsell is the president and CEO of the Southern California Center for Nonprofit Management. She has positioned the Center as a resource for leadership effectiveness training and change management consulting for thousands of nonprofit and business executives each year, including new online modules that reach audiences worldwide. She established the first Nonprofit Council at the L.A. Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Hector Flores is the medical director for the Center for Hispanic Health at Adventist Health White Memorial and is the co-director of their Family Medicine Residency Program. He co-founded Family Care Specialists Medical Group (FCS), where he serves as medical director, and has more than 25 years of experience in medical education.
Fran Inman is senior vice president of Majestic Realty and founding president of the Majestic Realty Foundation. Recognized as a national leader in the transportation sector for her work on the global supply chain, she is a member of the California Transportation Commission, the National Freight Advisory Committee, and the California Freight Efficiency Task Force. She has served a range of business, economic development, and transportation boards and organizations throughout the region.
Ron Herrera has been a union member for more than 41 years. His commitment to the labor movement stemmed from his father, who was a longtime member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13 and worked on the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland. He has a deep respect for workers’ rights, social justice, and the critical role of labor unions.
Casey Wasserman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Wasserman Media Group, a leading sports, entertainment, and lifestyle marketing and management agency that represents brands, properties, and talent globally. Wasserman also serves as president and CEO of the Wasserman Foundation, trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, board member of several renowned philanthropic organizations including The Jules Stein Eye Institute, The LBJ Presidential Library, and The Motion Picture & Television Fund, and board member for Activision and Vox Media.
Jerry Greenberg is the chief executive of Sugarfish. Together with their partners, Greenberg and sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa formed Sushi Nozawa, a restaurant group that has opened Sugarfish locations throughout the L.A. area, the Nozawa Bar, and KazuNori. Greenberg was co-founder and co-chief executive of the marketing and consulting firm Sapient Corp., where he remains on its board.
The Task Force held its first meeting on Friday, May 8, 2020. It is scheduled to meet every other Tuesday starting May 19. The sector-specific workgroups will meet as frequently as they choose.