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Bobbi Abram is a recent resident, having moved to California in summer 2011. She is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, but lived her adult life in the Kansas City area. With a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), Abram has had a successful career in non-profit management. She has spent 16 years working in higher education at UMKC School of Law and Evangel University with 11 years specifically in fundraising and foundation management in community colleges at Johnson County Community College and Metropolitan Community Colleges. At the national level, she has worked to fund international medical relief, medical research, education and training with the American Academy of Family Physicians, Heart to Heart International and the PKD Foundation. Abram is especially grateful for being able to participate in major efforts to fund relief to the victims of the Asian tsunami and to help rebuild the healthcare system in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Marco Anderson is a regional planner with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). He currently works in the Comprehensive Planning division focusing on integrating land use and transportation policy. Anderson is the project manager on more than 10 Compass Blueprint demonstration projects, which are SCAG-funded local land use plans and studies. These efforts foster and implement the Compass Blueprint principles of mobility, livability, prosperity, and sustainability. In addition, he manages the Toolbox Tuesdays program of training sessions for planners from SCAG-member jurisdictions. Anderson is also the SCAG project manager on a Caltrans Planning Grant lead by UCLA, studying the impact of high speed rail stations on local communities. Before working at SCAG, Anderson was a transportation planner at IBI Group, a multi-disciplinary planning-engineering-architecture firm in their Orange County office. Anderson left a career in corporate IT software sales to earn his master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of California, Irvine. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in film history from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rachelle S. Pastor Arizmendi is a Director at PACE (Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment), a Los Angeles County community development organization, and oversees the Early Childhood Education program that serves over two-thousand children in the county. Arizmendi is an active member in local and state Early Development associations including California Head Start Association, and other professional affiliate organizations like Asian Pacific Islander Community Action Network, and the American Dietetic Association. Arizmendi holds a Master’s in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in foods and nutrition from San Diego State University. Arizmendi is an accredited Registered Dietitian and a certified Nutrition Education Specialist. She is a Commissioner of the Community Services Commission of the City of Sierra Madre, a member of the LA County Child Care Planning Committee, and a Board Member of the Resty Catacutan Sr. Foundation. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, traveling, and county dancing.
Grieg F. Asher is a Senior Regional Planner in the Planning Department for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in Los Angeles, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. He is responsible for SCAG’s sustainability and climate change programs. He has previously worked for the City of Los Angeles and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Agency (VTA) in San Jose, CA. Asher has a Bachelor of Arts in urban economics and political science from the University of Denver (Denver, CO) and a Master of Public Administration from California State University – Long Beach. He is an avid skier and enjoys spending time at his family’s cabin in Colorado.
Leonardo A. Cablayan is the Market Vice President of the Southwest Region for Operation HOPE. He has been with Operation HOPE for four years, and in addition to his current responsibilities as Market Vice President, was responsible for HOPE’s youth financial literacy program, Banking on Our Future, in the western region, which includes California, Oregon, Texas, Colorado and Illinois. Cablayan also has had more than eight years of experience in the mortgage banking industry working for Wells Fargo and Countrywide. Commitment to community is his passion and he currently serves on the Muir High School Business Academy Advisory Board, Los Angeles Social Venture Partners Social Innovation Fast Pitch Coach and is a member of Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Eric Catalan has been a chief financial officer and controller of various nonprofit organizations in the last 10 years, focusing on fiscal and strategic management. Catalan has also held various positions from diverse industries, with both domestic and international corporations, with the United States and Philippine governments, the World Health Organization and other nonprofit/non-governmental organizations. His professional experience focuses on financial management, operations, strategic management/business development, and consultation. Catalan graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He also graduated from both the Ventura County Community Foundation's Board Leadership Institute and the Center for Nonprofit Management's Nonprofit Leadership Development Program in 2009.