USC Price School of Public Policy

SCI Advisory Committee


  • Jarrett Barrios, American Red Cross-LA (bio)
    Charlie Beck, LAPD (bio)
    Elise Buik, United Way of Greater LA (bio)
    James Butts, City of Inglewood (bio)
    Michael DuRee, Long Beach Fire Department (bio)
    Joseph Farrow, CA Highway Patrol (bio)
    James Featherstone, LA HSAC (bio)
    Cynthia Harding, LA Dept of Public Health (bio)
    Sandra Hutchens, OC Sheriff’s Department (bio)
    Brian Keith, Dept of Homeland Security (bio)
    Jack Knott, USC Price School (bio)
    Jackie Lacey, LA County District Attorney (bio)
    Robert Luna, Long Beach Police Dept (bio)
  • Peter Lynn, LA Homeless Service Authority (bio)
    Jim McDonnell, LA Sheriff’s Department (bio)
    Daryl Osby, LA County Fire Dept (bio)
    Kenton Rainey, BART Police Dept (bio)
    Nolan Rollins, Los Angeles Urban League (bio)
    Rob Savage, US Secret Service (bio)
    David Segura, Huntington Beach Fire Dept (bio)
    Cherrie Short, USC Social Work School (bio)
    Ralph Terrazas, LAFD (bio)
    John Thomas, USC- DPS (bio)
    Gary Toebben, LA Chamber of Commerce (bio)
    Mark Whitlock, USC Cecil Murray Center (bio)
    Steven Zipperman, LA School Police Dept (bio)

Jarrett Barrios


Jarrett Barrios serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. He leads a team of talented humanitarians providing care and comfort to those afflicted by disasters, serving veterans and members of the Armed Forces, and assisting refugees and their families. Over his first two years, he has led the design of the Region’s effort to build resilience in Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities against disasters ranging from home fires to earthquakes. This work builds on his prior role as the chief executive of the Massachusetts Red Cross where, for his transformational leadership, he was awarded the American Red Cross Presidential Award for Excellence in 2014.

Barrios is an honors graduate from Harvard College (AB ’90-’91) and Georgetown Law (’95), practiced law at the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, then began public service in 1999 as a Massachusetts State Representative for four years, then as a State Senator for five years. In the House, he authored a broad range of legislation from a law to improve emergency room services for immigrants to the creation of a state low-income housing tax credit. In the Senate, he chaired the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee.

As a state senator, Barrios led the first comprehensive rewrite of the state fire code in the wake of the Station Nightclub fire, authored the nation’s strongest “buffer zone” legislation to protect women’s health centers, led the passage of a statewide assault weapons ban and gang-prevention legislation, as well as authoring foreclosure prevention bills, consumer data privacy legislation, and laws to protect victims of domestic violence. During this period, he was a Senate leader in the effort to protect marriage equality for gay and lesbian families in the Commonwealth and helped found the Massachusetts statewide Latino political group, Oíste. Upon leaving the legislature, he served as the president and CEO of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in Boston and of GLAAD in New York and Los Angeles.

Outside of Red Cross, he currently serves as a supervisorial appointee to the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, as a board member of the Los Angeles BizFed Institute, as well as the boards of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. Along the way, he has lectured on transnational gang violence in El Salvador, represented the United States in a delegation to Australia with the American Council of Young Political Leaders, counted hanging chads in the disputed presidential election of 2000, toured Mexico to train university students on American political process on behalf of the State Department, studied the public health systems and lectured on US health reform in Brazil as an Eisenhower Fellow. He recently participated in the inaugural cohort of the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows in partnership with the White House Office on Social Innovation. He speaks Spanish and is proficient in Portuguese, and for twenty years, has engaged in licensed humanitarian efforts in Cuba.

Charlie Beck


Charlie Beck serves as the Chief of Police for the second largest city in the United States, managing approximately 10,000 sworn and 3,000 civilian employees, encompassing an area of 473 square miles, a population of approximately 3.8 million people, and an annual budget where salaries exceed one billion dollars.

By promoting his predecessor’s successful reengineering and reform effort, Chief Beck continues to evolve and refine those strategies to further the Department’s position as the most effective and progressive law enforcement agency in the nation.

Chief Beck’s law enforcement roots run deep with three generations of the Becks woven into the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. Chief Beck’s father, George Beck retired from the Los Angeles Police Department as a Deputy Chief; his sister, Megan, retired at the rank of Detective; his two children are Los Angeles Police Officers.

Chief Beck was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department in March 1977 after serving two years in the Los Angeles Police Reserve Corps. Chief Beck steadily rose through the ranks of the Department and was assigned as the Chief of Detectives, Detective Bureau, prior to his appointment as the 56th Chief of Police in the Los Angeles Police Department.

Elise Buik

Elise Buik

Elise Buik made history by becoming the first female president and chief executive officer of United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) in 2005. For nearly a decade, she has been a community leader and spokesperson to advocate for our most vulnerable neighbors: the homeless, veterans and students.

A native of Atlanta, Elise was inspired to join UWGLA in 1994 due to her strong belief in the organization’s mission and her personal desire and responsibility to dedicate her career to helping others. Elise believes firmly that it is unacceptable that currently one in five children live in poverty and tens of thousands of people are homeless in Los Angeles County. Beginning her tenure in the marketing department, Elise worked her way up through the ranks, dedicating countless hours to help solve the pressing and rapidly growing social and economic issues facing Los Angeles County. Prior to joining UWGLA, Elise spent seven years in the private sector as the marketing manager for a medical software company.

She has been instrumental in transforming UWGLA from its historical fundraising role into a community impact organization that identifies social issues, convenes experts, partners with other organizations and crafts innovative solutions and policy. Under her leadership, UWGLA launched a strategic 10-year action plan called Creating Pathways Out of Poverty to help tackle poverty in L.A. County through a comprehensive and collaborative approach tied to measurable results. This plan focuses on the three critical issues driving the social and economic trends in the County: ending homelessness by providing housing stability, improving educational achievement and helping struggling families, especially veterans, gain financial stability.

Elise currently serves on the boards of the Pacific Council, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the USC Price Board of Councilors, and is a member of the Civic Alliance. Additionally, she serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, appointed by Mayors Garcetti and Villaragoisa. She also chairs the National Professional Council for United Way of America. Her honors and recognition include being honored with the “Nonprofit CEO of the Year” award from the Los Angeles Business Journal, being named as a “Top 10 Gamechanger” by Los Angeles Magazine, and receiving the “Non-profit Leadership and Responsibility” award by the Pat Brown Institute.

James T. Butts, Jr.


On January 11, 2011, James T. Butts, Jr., was elected as Inglewood’s 12th mayor. In less than five years, his strategic vision and operational expertise prevented impending bankruptcy due to massive deficits and untamed liabilities. He negotiated a deal with Madison Square Garden that renovated the Forum making it the #1 concert venue in the Los Angeles area for 2014 less than one year after it reopened. Since Mayor Butts took office, he was able to ensure that Inglewood received over $100 million in sound insulation grant funding from the Los Angeles World Airports despite the City losing its eligibility in 2007 through 2011. Over 2,000 Inglewood homes have been sound insulated in the last 24 months since the Mayor resurrected the failed program. Inglewood’s Residential Sound Insulation Program is now the #1 program in the country.

Inglewood, California, is now the official home of the Los Angeles Rams. Inglewood has been named the Best Neighborhood in Los Angeles for 2014 by Curbed LA, a national real estate Internet site. A $2 billion project, Hollywood Park Tomorrow, broke ground in 2014, and the investors have partnered with the owner of the Rams franchise to add an 80,000-seat stadium and 6,000-seat performing arts venue to the project. The stadium opens in 2019 and will be the largest arena in the world at 3 million square feet along with the most expensive at $2.66 billion. The former Daniel Freeman Hospital site is under construction and will become a gated, high-end townhome and condominium development. Thomas Saffron has been selected to do a $100 million-plus redevelopment of Market Street. In short, Mayor Butts has Inglewood on the cusp of becoming a city of national prominence, a true top-tier metropolis. On November 4, 2014, James T. Butts was reelected Mayor of Inglewood with over 83% of the votes cast—the highest margin of victory in Inglewood electoral history.

The Mayor has more than 43 years of public safety and municipal government experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University in Pomona. Mayor Butts has held the rank of general manager or assistant general manager of large and complex municipal organizations for the past 30 years. He served 19 years in the Inglewood Police Department rising to the rank of Deputy Chief, 15 years as the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica, and 5 years as an assistant general manager for the Los Angeles World Airports in charge of Public Safety and Counterterrorism.

Michael A. DuRee

Mike DuRee

With nearly two decades of service to the Long Beach Fire Department, Mike DuRee is recognized as a leader in the field of fire and emergency services. Chief DuRee is a 5th generation City of Long Beach employee and a 4th generation Firefighter in Long Beach. Serving the Long Beach community since 1994, DuRee has a broad understanding and knowledge base on Fire service issues that face our densely populated, urban community. Chief DuRee has a proven record of leadership and strategic planning in the fields of fire suppression, EMS, all hazards emergency response and fire prevention.

Mike’s operational experience includes serving with distinction as a Chief Officer, incident commander, company officer, paramedic and public information officer. Mike has served as a Captain with the Marine Safety Division rescue boat program and public safety dive team member, giving him extensive knowledge of the maritime environment.

Mike and his wife Aimee, and daughter Claire have made Long Beach their home for their entire lives. Born and raised in Long Beach, Mike has taken an active role in numerous community groups and local non-profit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life in Long Beach for all residents.

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on communication and public relations. Mike is a graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy School of government executive fellowship program for senior executives in State and Local government and has been certified by the State of California as a Public Information Officer for large scale incidents.

Over his career, Chief DuRee has provided strategy, planning, leadership and management advice to international organizations, non-profits, government agencies at all levels, educational institutions and private businesses. Mike has strong ties to the local community and is a recognizable presence throughout the City. Mike is currently serving as President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association and President Elect of the California Fire Chiefs Association.

Joseph A. Farrow


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies. On March 1, 2008, then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Joseph A. Farrow Commissioner of the CHP, and he was reappointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011. With a Department of more than 12,000 personnel, Commissioner Farrow commands the fifth largest law enforcement agency in the nation.

Commissioner Farrow entered the CHP Academy in 1979, and throughout his career has quickly promoted through the ranks. Commissioner Farrow has demonstrated his commitment to lifetime learning by earning a variety of executive level certificates and a master’s degree in executive leadership from San Diego State University. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and its National Executive Institute.

Commissioner Farrow has been recognized and endorsed for his innovative leadership approach in public administration. He was selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as a recipient of the 2006 J. Stannard Baker Award for his sustained, career-spanning, and extraordinary initiative and creativity in developing, implementing, and improving traffic safety programs and technologies within the State of California, and for his willingness to promote nationally and internationally significant traffic safety issues. He is a member of the IACP, the California Peace Officers’ Association, and the National Asian Peace Officers’ Association. Commissioner Farrow’s prestigious leadership earned him selection as current Chair of the IACP’s Highway Safety Committee and Chair of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

James G. Featherstone


James G. Featherstone became President and CEO of the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) in March 2016 after serving the City of Los Angeles for thirty years.
At HSAC, Mr. Featherstone continues to strengthen the Greater Los Angeles region’s crisis readiness and resilience by convening and connecting the private, public, and civic sectors through collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances, emerging technology, and research.

A native of Washington D.C. and a veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Featherstone began his public service to the City of Los Angeles in 1986 with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and was later appointed Interim Fire Chief (2013-2014).

In 2007, Mr. Featherstone was appointed General Manager of the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, where he led a successful departmental reorganization and restructured the City’s emergency management protocols and processes.

Mr. Featherstone holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Union Institute and University, and is an alumnus of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is a Senior Fellow in the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Crisis Leadership.

Mr. Featherstone is the current Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Cynthia Anne Harding

Cynthia Harding

Cynthia Harding is the Interim Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, overseeing a budget of over $900 million and more than 39 distinct programs that promote and protect health, and prevent disease in Los Angeles County. She has worked in the Department of Public Health for over 30 years in a variety of different public health programs including Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Tobacco Control, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention, Tuberculosis Control and AIDS prevention.

Ms. Harding is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and taught as a visiting professor at the National School of Public Health in Brazil. Ms. Harding has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Community Health from Brown University, a Masters of Public Health from UCLA, and a Certificate of Management from USC’s Center of Excellence in Health Care Management.

In addition to her work for the County, Ms. Harding is a musician, playing a number of different instruments from Latin America. She performs with her husband in the Latin American Jazz ensemble Huayucaltia, and with her sister in Conjunto Jardin, a group that performs the music of Veracruz, Mexico.

Sandra Hutchens

Sheriff Hutchens

Sandra Hutchens was sworn in as the 12th Sheriff-Coroner for Orange County in June of 2008. She began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1976. With more than thirty-five years of service in law enforcement, Sheriff Hutchens possesses invaluable experience in nearly every facet of law enforcement.

Sheriff Hutchens leads more than 3,800 sworn and professional men and women who serve in areas as diverse as Patrol Operations, Criminal and Special Investigations, the County’s Crime Lab and Courts, Coroner’s Office, as well as those who serve in Orange County’s five jails that collectively comprise the eighth largest jail system in the nation. The department provides a variety of vital public safety services to our communities. These include direct patrol services to more than 700,000 residents within the county’s unincorporated areas and via contract to thirteen municipal cities, the County’s three harbors, John Wayne Airport, and the Orange County Transportation Agency.

Professional affiliations include membership in the Major County Sheriffs’ Association, where she serves as vice-president, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Orange County Chiefs’ of Police and Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff Hutchens serves as a board member for the California State Sheriffs’ Association and the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership. In 2012, she was appointed to the POST Commission by Governor Jerry Brown and currently serves as the Commissioner Chair. In addition, the Sheriff sits on the Board of Directors for the Orange County United Way and is an Advisory Board Member for the National Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation.

Counter-terrorism training received in Israel, travels to Pakistan and Russia, and leadership training at the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course at Harvard University have provided Sheriff Hutchens with the expertise and vision needed to effectively lead an organization as diverse as the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Brian L. Keith


Brian L. Keith currently serves as a Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Infrastructure Protection. As a PSA, Mr. Keith coordinates, facilitates, and conducts site security surveys for local critical infrastructure and key resource (CIKR) owners and operators. In this capacity, Mr. Keith also serves as a physical security and counter-terrorism advisor to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies on matters regarding the protection of local critical infrastructure. In addition to conducting site security surveys, Mr. Keith supports homeland security efforts at the state and local level by facilitating information sharing between DHS and private sector entities as well as coordinating requests for Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat and Mitigation courses through the DHS Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP).

Prior to serving as a PSA, Mr. Keith was appointed as Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Office of Homeland Security (OHS). As Deputy Director for CIP, Mr. Keith was responsible for the development of California’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, as well as the implementation of the states first Regional CIP Assessment Team utilizing the California National Guard’s Full Spectrum Integrated Vulnerability Assessment (FSIVA) Methodology. In addition to overseeing the state’s Regional CIP Assessment Team, Mr. Keith chaired and served on several DHS working groups to include; the Chemical Vulnerability Information (CVI) Working Group, the Automated Critical Asset Management (ACAMS) Working Group, and the State Railroad Safety and Security Task Force.

Throughout the past 20 years, Mr. Keith has conducted several law enforcement technology presentations at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the New York State Police Union Association. After the events of 9/11/2001, Mr. Keith has provided homeland security presentations to the Israeli Defense Forces Home Front Command, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Defense Studies in London.

Mr. Keith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of The Executive Program in Counter Terrorism from the University of Southern California (USC).

Jack H. Knott


Jack H. Knott is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He has served in this position since 2005.

Before joining USC, Dean Knott served as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this, Dean Knott was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he served as departmental chair and director of Michigan State’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

He is a leading scholar in the fields of political institutions and public policy and public management. He has published three books, including Reforming Bureaucracy: The Politics of Institutional Choice, and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

In 2007, he was elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a non-partisan organization chartered by the U.S. Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments to improve their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.

Under Dean Knott, the Price School has experienced significant growth. Since 2006, the school’s budget has increased 59 percent. His leadership was also instrumental in securing the school’s $50 million endowment and naming gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund in November 2011.

Jackie Lacey

Jackie Lacey Official Photo 5x7

District Attorney Jackie Lacey has spent most of her professional life as a prosecutor, manager and executive in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. On Dec. 3, 2012, she was sworn in as the 42nd District Attorney.

Her top priority is keeping the streets of Los Angeles County safe from violent and dangerous criminals.
She is committed to safeguarding our children from human sex traffickers, our seniors from financial elder abuse and our communities from environmental crimes that threaten our health and our livelihood.

District Attorney Lacey has worked with business leaders on how best to protect consumers from computer network intrusions that jeopardize our bank accounts and credit ratings. She also remains committed to prosecuting government officials who violate the public’s trust.

A Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California Law School, District Attorney Lacey leads a staff of roughly 1,000 lawyers, nearly 300 investigators and about 800 support staff employees. Her office prosecuted more than 71,000 felonies and nearly 112,000 misdemeanors in 2014.

She is the first woman and first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.

District Attorney Lacey created the Human Trafficking Unit that focuses on putting pimps behind bars and helping their victims. In recent years, gang members have been responsible for the proliferation of underage prostitution in Los Angeles County – a criminal enterprise that can be more lucrative than the sales of drugs or guns.

She launched the Elder Financial Abuse Outreach Campaign to alert seniors about scams that target them and their assets. The eff ort was honored in 2014 with the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission’s Top Ten Award.

That same year, District Attorney Lacey established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) and Environmental Crimes Rollout Team, which dispatches specially trained prosecutors and investigators to the scene of environmental threats and industrial accidents involving occupational deaths or serious injuries.

As founder and chair of the Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Mental Health Project, District
Attorney Lacey is leading a multidisciplinary effort to develop a comprehensive mental health diversion program. An estimated 17 percent of the inmates in county jails are mentally ill. They often are unable to assist in their legal defense because of mental illness, resulting in longer – and more costly – incarceration and delayed justice.

District Attorney Lacey also has worked to reduce overcrowding in jails and prisons. She has encouraged her prosecutors to route nonviolent offenders into alternative sentencing courts, in which defendants agree to participate in evidence-based treatment programs instead of incarceration. These defendants are less likely to re-offend than those in state prison.

She is actively involved in the implementation of legislative and voter action, such as the Public Safety Realignment Act and the Three Strikes Resentencing Law. She successfully sought legislative reforms, including passage of a new law that gives counties a stronger voice when judges are considering the conditional release of sexually violent predators.

Robert Luna


Robert Luna was appointed as the 26th Chief of Police for the Long Beach Police Department in November 2014. Chief Luna has served the City of Long Beach, the second largest city in Los Angeles County, for 29 years.

He has extensive experience in disaster and emergency preparedness, terrorism considerations, critical incident management, and the development of effective problem solving strategies in accordance with proven Community Oriented Public Safety and Governance philosophies.

Chief Luna’s crime prevention and reduction ideas, coupled with his bilingual abilities and dedication to public service have given him the opportunity to effectively interact and participate with a uniquely engaged community. Chief Luna has been instrumental in helping to build and maintain productive and trustworthy relationships between the police department and the community it proudly serves.

Peter Lynn


Peter Lynn is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Previously, Mr. Lynn was the Director of Section 8 for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), the second largest Section 8 program in the country, assisting more than 50,000 of the poorest Angeleno families. During his tenure, HACLA’s rental assistance programs for the homeless doubled to more than 14,000 units and he worked diligently to reduce barriers to access and extended voucher assistance to some of the city’s most challenging and service-intensive populations, including chronically homeless individuals with serious mental illness. Prior to joining HACLA in 2007, he ran the Section 8 program for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

He is a member of Mayor Garcetti’s Homeless Cabinet, the Home For Good Leadership Team, the Los Angeles County Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Advisory Board, the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Advisory Committee and the National Alliance to End Homelessness Leadership Council. An advocate of interagency cooperation, he hopes to continue building the collaboration between jurisdictions, departments, agencies and organizations assisting the homeless throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.
Mr. Lynn has been recognized with an Outstanding Leadership Award from the County Department of Mental Health for his work to house homeless individuals with mental illness and with the United Way/Home For Good Trailblazer of the Year Award. He holds an MBA from New York University and BA from Vassar College.

Jim McDonnell


Sheriff Jim McDonnell was sworn in as the 32nd Sheriff of Los Angeles County on December 1, 2014.

Sheriff McDonnell is a Boston native. He began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a twenty-two-year-old graduate from the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Sheriff McDonnell served for 29 years at the Los Angeles Police Department, holding every rank from Police Officer to second-in-command.

For five years, Sheriff McDonnell served as the Chief of the Long Beach Police Department.

From his first day on the job at LASD, Sheriff McDonnell has stressed the importance of treating all members of our community with respect, being transparent with and accountable to the individuals that the LASD serves, and creating an environment that recognizes and rewards character, competence and compassion. He is committed to ensuring that safe neighborhoods enable all residents and businesses in Los Angeles’ diverse County to thrive.

Daryl L. Osby


On February 17, 2011, Daryl L. Osby was sworn in by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the ninth Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He has served as a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) for 31 years.

He heads one of the largest emergency services agencies in the world, providing traditional fire and life safety services to more than 4.1 million residents and commercial business customers in 58 cities served by the Department, and all the unincorporated areas of the County within its 2,300-square-mile service delivery area. The Department operates out of 171 fire stations, including 4,800 emergency responders and business professionals operating on an annual budget of just over one billion dollars. In addition, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department provides lifeguard, health hazardous materials, and forestry services throughout the County.

He is affiliated with many fire service organizations, and previously served on the California State Board of Fire Services, and is a former member and chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission. Additionally, he is affiliated with several community organizations and has received numerous awards for his service.

He is an advocate for continuing education, and currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government and National Preparedness Leadership Programs, completed Clark Atlanta University’s Executive Development Program and the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations at Loyola Marymount University. He is a California State Certified Incident Commander and Chief Officer.

Kenton W. Rainey


In June of 2010, Kenton W. Rainey became the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s fifth Chief of Police. He comes to BART with a background that combines criminal justice education, law enforcement experience, leadership and a deep commitment to Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS), geographical team policing, and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). He was hired by the Transit District in the wake of the tragic and controversial officer involved shooting of “Oscar Grant” an unarmed passenger. One of his stated goals is to ensure that every member of his agency attends the 40 hour POST Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) course.

Rainey’s 35 year law enforcement career has afforded him the opportunity to work in six different law enforcement agencies in three states. Along with being selected as the top cop for BART, Rainey also served as the Chief of Police for the Fairfield, CA. Police Department. Rainey began his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a Deputy in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. In the nearly 23 years he worked at the Sheriff’s Department, Rainey held the ranks of Senior Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant and retired as a Captain. His significant contributions in the Sheriff’s Department included developing and implementing the program that trained officers how to respond to the mentally ill and he was a member of the committee that wrote the department’s policing policy to prevent biased-based policing and racial profiling.

Rainey is a recognized expert on numerous law enforcement subjects and often has been called to participate on professional panels or serve as a guest lecturer at colleges and university regarding “Implementation of the Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving (COPPS); Geographical Area Team Policing Structures; Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) police response concerning issues involving the Mentally Ill; Leading Successful Organizational Change and Police Reform and Civilian Oversight.” In January 2015, he was called to testify before President Obama’s “21st Century Policing Task Force” on the “Implementation of Body Worn Cameras.”

Rainey earned his BA in Criminal Justice from California State University Long Beach in 1993 and his MA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2001. He also earned various leadership certificates from UCLA as well as other recognized entities including the California Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training (POST), National Organization Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Nolan V. Rollins


Commissioner Rollins, an attorney, is the seventh President and Chief Executive Officer of the 94-year-old Los Angeles Urban League (LAUL). In that position he leads a strong staff focused in the areas of economic, and workforce development, early childhood education, health, parental engagement, policy and social justice.

Prior to assuming the LAUL position in February 2013, Commissioner Rollins served as president of the New Orleans Affiliate of the Urban League, where he designed and implemented employment and housing strategies to help stabilize the local communities following Hurricane Katrina. Simultaneously Rollins was the Chairman of the New Orleans Aviation Board responsible for the airport’s redesigned internal operations, he chaired the construction committee responsible for over $400 million dollars in new construction and renovations, and lead the financial, environmental, and constructability due diligence necessary for New Orleans to build a new airport.

A native of Baltimore, Md., Commissioner Rollins began his professional career with the National Urban League more than nine years ago as Executive Vice President of the Greater Baltimore affiliate. In that capacity he developed, directed and implemented unique economic and community development strategies, positioning the agency to monitor more than three billion dollars in local projects and ensuring local, minority, and small business participation.

A founder of the National Urban League Young Professionals, Baltimore Chapter (NULYP), whose mission is to support the Urban League Movement through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development. Commissioner Rollins was the first president to represent NULYP on the National Urban League Board of Trustees, where he served on the Program, Affiliate Services and Strategic Planning committees.
Commissioner Rollins earned a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration with an economics concentration from Virginia State University, a Master of Arts degree in legal ethics and historical studies from the University of Baltimore, and a juris doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. During law school, Rollins was associate justice of the Honor Court, a member of the Judicial Review Board and a Student Bar Association representative.

Rob Savage


Lorenzo Robert Savage III, a native of Herndon, Virginia was appointed to the Senior Executive Service as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office in July 2015. His leadership responsibilities include the overall protective and investigative missions of the United States Secret Service within the Los Angeles area. This district including three Resident Offices in Santa Ana, Riverside, and Ventura, is the 3rd largest of the 42 U.S. Secret Service Field Offices.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Savage held the position of Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Office, from March 2014 until July 2015. As Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Mr. Savage executed daily operational oversight of the district.

During his career, Mr. Savage has risen through the ranks, having begun his Secret Service
Career in 1993 as a special agent assigned to the Washington Field Office. He has since served
in numerous managerial assignments which include: Assistant Special Agent in Charge – Los Angeles Field Office 2012-2014; Assistant Special Agent in Charge – Dignitary Protective Division 2010-2012; Assistant Special Agent in Charge – Las Vegas Field Office 2007-2010; Assistant Inspector – Inspection Division 2006-2007; and Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division 2004-2006. Mr. Savage’s law enforcement career began in 1988 where he was employed as an honors intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Subsequently, while employed by the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Department for three years, Mr. Savage held the position of uniformed patrol officer in the Mason District and West Springfield District Stations. He has received numerous citations of merit as well as public service and law enforcement awards.

In October 2012, he was nominated to receive the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Award of Excellence for his work as the Event Coordinator for the 38th designated National Special Security Event, the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii. This award recognizes achievement or innovation by an individual engaged in work to advance the DHS mission and has resulted in superior performance, significant operational improvement or notable innovation.

Mr. Savage holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, with a major in accounting from the University of Virginia.

David Segura

David Segura was appointed in April 2016 as the 7th Fire Chief in the 108 year history of the Huntington Beach Fire Department. Chief Segura was born and raised in Southern California, and has been a proud member of the fire service for over 33 years. Prior to Huntington Beach, he served with the Long Beach Fire Department for 30 years, and also with the Inglewood Fire Department and the California Department of Forestry.

Chief Segura has held a wide variety of positions throughout his career; he has served as a Deputy Chief of Support Services, Assistant Chief of Operations, Battalion Chief, Captain/Training Officer, and Firefighter/Paramedic. Chief Segura has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Education and is in the process of completing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from CSULB.

In addition to his fire service career, Chief Segura has served on the Executive Board of several nonprofit enterprises such as the Conservation Corp of Long Beach, the Friends of Long Beach Firefighters non-profit organization and the Leadership Long Beach Institute. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the CSP Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and the Governing Board of the Huntington Beach Hospital.

Cherrie Short


Cherrie Short as spent her entire working life fighting for social justice and equal rights for all people. An experienced advocate, she has negotiated and mediated agreements across a broad range of statutory, voluntary and commercial organizations, and has raised funds for advocacy groups. Accomplished in virtually all aspects of social work, including direct practice, policy development and accreditation, Short has lived most of her life in Wales, where she served in a number of important positions, including on the Commission of Racial Equality.

She was appointed race commissioner for Wales in 2002 and since 1984 has served as probation officer for the National Probation Service of Wales for serious offenders. Short has also served as a task force member on the implementation of the Welfare to Work and New Deal Programs in Wales and has been on the accreditation of the Social Work Committee for the past nine years. She has held the elected position of city councilor for the past 17 years, where she was involved in policy making and legislative campaign strategies, as well as dealing with financial management and budgeting for numerous committees with large financial budgeting accountability.

Short has received several prestigious awards for her work, including the United Kingdom Black Business Woman of the Year Award for her community service and the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Award, one of the United Kingdom’s highest awards for public service. She was presented the official royal honor by Prince Charles in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace for her outstanding and pioneering career in promoting racial equality and equal opportunity in Wales.

Short holds a bachelor’s degree in social administration and law, a master’s degree in economics and social studies, and completed postgraduate work in social work at Cardiff University, Wales. In 2007, she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Wales for her work in improving race relations in Britain. For 10 years, Short was a consultant with Cardiff University in its social work policy and social work program. Additionally, she has served as a senior fellow of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois for two years.

Over the past several years, Short has focused her talents on helping children and the disenfranchised and developing stronger communities. She has been involved in social work issues concerned with early childhood care and education within the Cardiff Local Authority. She has received awards for her work in creating new services within the community for the elderly, as well as for her help to children in the setting up of family centers. She has worked with local community groups on developing community partnerships and has trained and developed staff and helped policy makers understand multi-agency approaches to the regeneration of communities.

A much sought-after speaker and lecturer, Short is a qualified trainer on diversity issues and regularly speaks on issues related to race and equality. She is the author of 10 published pieces covering issues related to race and has delivered lectures and training in the field of equality at more than 46 conferences in the field of social work.

Short joined the USC School of Social Work in 2006, where she heads the Office of Global and Community Initiatives, overseeing the school’s international and community programs, including the MSW Post-Graduate Certificate Program in International Social Work Practice in the United Kingdom. She is currently assisting in the development of a forensic social work program that aims to explain how the criminal justice system operates, how it treats juvenile offenders and what benefits social workers can provide. Short is also working on a new course on immigration and social policy, and exploring outreach and collaborative activities with community organizations and with state and local government in California.

Ralph M. Terrazas


Ralph M. Terrazas was confirmed Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on August 8, 2014.

Chief Terrazas is a 31-year veteran of the LAFD and is the 18th Fire Chief of the LAFD. During his tenure, he has served as a chief officer for 14 years in a variety of field and administrative commands.

Terrazas was born in Long Beach, Calif., and was raised in nearby Wilmington. He is a graduate of Banning High School, where he played on two City Championship football teams. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Fire Protection Administration from San Diego State University. In 1995, he received Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Human Resource Management from California State University, Los Angeles. He was appointed to the LAFD in December 1983.

John L. Thomas

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Chief John Thomas is a native of Los Angeles. Prior to his appointment to Captain at the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Public Safety (DPS) in October 2006, he spent twenty-one years as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) where he retired at the rank of Lieutenant in December 2005 to accept a position as Deputy Chief of Police for the University of the District of Columbia Department of Public Safety & Emergency Management in Washington D.C. He was promoted to USC Department of Public Safety’s Assistant Chief in February 2009 and to Chief in January 2013.

A product of South Los Angeles, he graduated from Crenshaw High School before attending UCLA. He holds a BA in Political Science/Liberal Arts from UCLA, and also completed graduate course work in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia and recently graduated from the Cottonwood Leadership College with a degree in Biblical Studies. He holds California State Police Officer Standards in Training (POST) Certificates for the Basic, Advanced, Supervisory and Management levels. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program, the Los Angeles Police Department Command Development Program and the 218th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Chief Thomas resides in Long Beach, CA and has been married for 29 years. He and his wife Stephanie have three adult children. He has been an active member of Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, CA since 1989. And despite being a retired Los Angeles Police Lieutenant, Chief Thomas continues to “Protect and Serve” the people of Los Angeles as an LAPD Line Reserve Officer working patrol and other assignments throughout the city.

Gary L. Toebben


Gary L. Toebben is President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the largest business association in Los Angeles County representing more than 1,600 member companies and serving the interests of more than 235,000 businesses across the Los Angeles region.

Since taking the helm of the L.A. Area Chamber in July 2006, Toebben has served on the Mayor’s L.A. Economy & Jobs Committee, the L.A. County Health Care Options Task Force, the City Council’s Business Retention & Attraction Task Force and the Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness. He has championed local and state ballot initiatives on transportation and economic development and represented the Chamber as a co-sponsor of Proposition 11 (November 2008) to create a citizens commission to redistrict California after each census and Proposition 28 (June 2012) to create a 12-year term limit for all new members of the California Senate and Assembly. He is highly involved in statewide business groups including the CalChamber and the R.E.A.L coalition of regional economic development associations spanning the state. Each year, Toebben co-leads the region’s largest consensus advocacy trip to Washington, D.C.

Prior joining the L.A. Area Chamber, Toebben served as President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for seven years. Toebben began his chamber career in 1975 at the North Platte, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce, and from 1981 to 1999 he served as President of the Lawrence, Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

Toebben has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and is past chairman of Mobility 21, a seven county regional transportation advocacy group. He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina; Institute for Organization Management at the University of Colorado and the Academy for Organization management at Notre Dame University. Toebben is a past Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University of Colorado Institute for Organization Management, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Kansas Industrial Developers Assn, the Western Nebraska United Chambers of Commerce and the Nebraska State Tourism Advisory Board.

Toebben holds a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Mark Whitlock


Rev. Mark Whitlock is the executive director of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. He also serves as the pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, which started with five members and has grown to more than 3,000 members. Before his full-time call to the ministry, he served as the founder and executive director of FAME Renaissance, the economic development arm of First AME Church, which raised more than $400 million in grants, loans, and contracted service initiatives that created more than 4,000 jobs with South Los Angeles. The FAME Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Commercial Loan programs funded more than 200 small businesses. FAME Renaissance’s Home Loan Program created more than 200 new home owners and trained more than 2,000 home loan candidates. Rev. Whitlock completed his undergraduate studies at the University of La Verne with a major in religion. He is completing an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from American International University in Humanities.

Steven K. Zipperman


Steven Zipperman was appointed as the Chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) in January of 2011, after serving 32 years with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). During his tenure at LAPD he worked numerous assignments including Patrol, Vice, Narcotics, Special Response Units and Internal Affairs. He held the positions of Watch Commander, Officer- in-Charge of LAPD’s Metropolitan Division Mounted Platoon, K-9 Platoon and Assistant Officer in Charge of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Platoon. As an LAPD Captain/Command Officer, he also held positions of commanding officer in various police divisions throughout LAPD.

As Chief of the LASPD, Chief Zipperman is responsible for the oversight of over 400 sworn officers and 120 school safety officers and a civilian support staff, to police over 710 square miles covering 1100 schools attended by nearly one million students.

Chief Zipperman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. He instructs at various public safety leadership development seminars and programs and is a member of various professional police organizations.

During his spare time, he enjoys all types of family activities, including camping and supporting his children’s many sports activities.