VICA’s decision making process is based on our policy committees developing and recommending positions on a variety of legislative issues impacting business for consideration by the Board of Director’s. Issues are assigned to the appropriate policy committee(s) based on industry impacts. Your input is appreciated!
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Dedicated to developing VICA’s membership base, the Ambassador Committee is responsible for identifying and reaching out to businesses that would benefit from membership in VICA. In addition to assisting the staff in greeting and introducing guests and members at VICA events, the committee also explains the benefits of VICA membership to prospective members and encourages existing members to take full advantage of their investment in the organization’s work.
Andrew Sisolak, Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America
Pam Berg, Minuteman Press
Curtis O’Shaughnessy, Leavitt Group
Focused on Los Angeles area airports and their stakeholders, the Aviation Committee deals with issues related to the general and business aviation industries. Membership includes aircraft manufacturers, local businesses that serve the airports, and consultants specializing in the aviation industry. Meetings include regular updates from leadership at the Valley’s airports – Van Nuys (VNY), Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and Los Angeles International (LAX) – as well as discussion of FAA, Congressional and municipal policymaking.
Pamela Marcello, Hollywood Burbank Airport
Peter Aarons, Burns & McDonnell
Niall Mulcahy, Signature Flight Support
Ruben Zaragoza, Southwest Airlines
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The DEI Task Force advances VICA’s mission by promoting broader economic success through increased diversity equity and inclusion of individuals, businesses, and organizations within VICA and across the greater Los Angeles region.
Carmen Bowen, Saybrook University
Samona Caldwell, State Farm
Ross Pendergraft, Leavitt Group
Covering a broad range of issues affecting early education, K-12, higher education and workforce development programs, the Education Committee focuses on state budgeting for LAUSD, CSUs, LACCD and UCs, as well as regulation of private postsecondary education institutions. Federal regulation of K-12 curriculum and linked learning are also frequently discussed.
Barry Gribbons, Los Angeles Valley College
Energy, Environment, Manufacturing & Utilities
The EEM&U Committee provides organizational guidance on manufacturing, environmental regulation, utility ratepayer protection, and public investment in clean and green technology. The committee focuses on protecting and advancing the interests of local and regional public and investor-owned utilities and the telecommunications and manufacturing industries.
The Government Affairs Committee is the catch-all committee for public policy matters with the potential to impact the overall business community. Meetings feature discussions on major local, state and federal legislation related to tax policy, worker relations, government efficiency, election regulation and legal reform, among others. Consideration of ballot initiatives also originates in this committee.Home Depot
David Gershwin ConsultingMary Rosas, Starbucks
Covering issues facing the relationship between employers, the health insurance industry and hospitals, the Healthcare Committee deals with major state and federal legislation and interprets the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and medical litigation. Meetings typically feature decision leaders from government agencies and nonprofit organizations on the implementation of PPACA, as well as discussion of state and federal legislation that impacts employer insurance coverage.2023 Chair
James Theiring, Mission Community Hospital2023 Co-Chairs
Tina Shabanian, Health NetAdena Tessler, Hospital Association of Southern California
The International Trade Committee focuses on domestic and international policy priorities that affect foreign economic development or diplomatic relations. The Committee hosts discussions with Consul Generals and business leaders on ensuring strong international business and foreign affairs.
Jeff Daar (Daar & Newman)
Labor & Employment
The Labor & Employment Committee deals with labor regulations and policies that affect employers at a city, state and federal level, including wage, hour, scheduling, worker’s compensation, and other issues.
Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan
Randy Moberg, LBW Insurance
The Land Use Committee provides policy guidance on community planning and development-related legislation. With major reforms underway at the local and state level, meetings feature prominent officials from local and state planning agencies, as well as discussion of major zoning code changes, redevelopment agency successor programs and California Environmental Quality Act amendments. The committee also recommends commercial, industrial and residential projects of regional significance for VICA support.
The Not-for-Profit Committee is focused on the unique operating and policy challenges for non-profit organizations in the Valley.
Matthew Swearman, Valley Village
Holly Rasey, New Horizons
Barry Cohn, Jorgensen HR
Pegi Matsuda, Onboard Business & Community Consulting
Sports, Entertainment, Tourism & Hospitality
The Sports, Entertainment, Tourism and Hospitality Committee deals with local and state issues that affect film and television production, including prop houses and media providers. It also focuses on promoting the San Fernando Valley as a destination for visitors. Meetings feature discussions with local and state officeholders and their senior staff, as well as ongoing advocacy on the industry’s core issues.
Tasked with consideration of mass transit and roadway planning, the Transportation Committee discusses local, regional, state and federal legislation and rulemaking affecting the L.A. Metro System, the 101, 405 and 5 freeways, and the municipal arterial street systems of the Los Angeles region. Leadership from Metro frequently presents to the committee on the progress of Metro projects and the implications of legislation to the system construction financing.
Coby King, High Point Strategies
Francine Oschin, Oschin Partners
Talin Espinoza, Flatiron Construction