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  • 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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  • Ambassadors Ambassadors

    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. 

    2023 Chair
    Andrew Sisolak, Verdugo Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Pam Berg, Minuteman Press                                                                       
    Curtis O’Shaughnessy
    , Leavitt Group

    Aviation Aviation

    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.

    2023 Chair

    Pamela Marcello, Hollywood Burbank Airport

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Peter Aarons, Burns & McDonnell                                 
    Niall Mulcahy, Signature Flight Support
    Ruben Zaragoza, Southwest Airlines

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee 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.

    2023 Chair
    Carmen Bowen, Saybrook University 

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Samona Caldwell, State Farm  
    Ross Pendergraft, Leavitt Group

    Education Education

    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.

    2023 Chair
    Barry Gribbons, Los Angeles Valley College

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Humberto Estratalan, UNITE-LA

    Jordan Duke, Granada Hills Charter High School
    Robert Brown, University of West Los Angeles

    Energy, Environment, Manufacturing & Utilities 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.

    2023 Chair
    Armando Flores, SoCal Gas Company
    2023 Co-Chairs
    Lily Lee, Waste Management
    Jane Skeeter,  UltraGlas
    Eileen Ryder, Parsons

    Government Affairs Government Affairs

    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.                                                           

    2023 Chair
    Francisco Uribe,  Home Depot
    2023 Co-Chair
    David Gershwin, David Gershwin Consulting
    Mary Rosas, Starbucks

    Healthcare Healthcare

    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 Hospital
    2023 Co-Chairs
    Tina Shabanian, Health Net
    Adena Tessler, Hospital Association of Southern California

    International Trade International Trade

    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.

    2023 Chair
    Jeff Daar (Daar & Newman)

    Labor & Employment 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.

    2023 Chair
    Sue Bendavid, Lewitt, Hackman, Shapiro, Marshall & Harlan

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Mark Davis, Sun Hill Properties/Hilton Universal City

    Randy Moberg, LBW Insurance

    Land Use Land Use

    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.                                            

    2023 Chair
    Roslyn Dahl,  Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
    2023 Co-Chairs
    Gabriel Hungerford, Trammel Crow Company
    Jack Rubens, Sheppard Mullin
    Brad Rosenheim, Rosenheim & Associates

    Not-for-Profit Not-for-Profit

    The Not-for-Profit Committee is focused on the unique operating and policy challenges for non-profit organizations in the Valley.


    2023 Chair

    Matthew Swearman, Valley Village

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Holly Rasey, New Horizons

    Barry Cohn, Jorgensen HR

    Pegi Matsuda, Onboard Business & Community Consulting

    Sports, Entertainment, Tourism & Hospitality 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.

    2023 Chair

    Marie Lloyd, Amazon

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Scott Mills, The Garland

    Juan Camacho, Fox Corp.

    Pam Elyea, History for Hire

    Transportation Transportation

    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.                                               

    2023 Chair
    Coby King, High Point Strategies

    2023 Co-Chairs
    Francine Oschin, Oschin Partners
    Talin Espinoza, Flatiron Construction

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