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Mike Alves, Meril Lynch
Mike Alves is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) with Merrill Lynch. He earned his undergraduate degree in International Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside. Mr. Alves has a great deal of experience working with various nonprofit organizations, including The Latino Medical Student Association, The California Hispanic Corporate Council Leadership Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Mr. Alves is originally from Connecticut, but grew up in Europe and currently lives in Encino, California.
Sean T. Carter, Law Offices of Sean Carter
Sean T. Carter is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Mr. Carter clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge J.B. McDade and practiced complex litigation for Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, LLP and Baker & McKenzie. Mr. Carter also served as the Western Region Diversity Manager for DLA Piper where he mentored and supported attorneys throughout the United States. In his spare time, Mr. Carter tutors law school graduates in preparation for the California State Bar Examination. Mr. Carter is from the Bronx, New York and currently resides in Marina del Rey, California.
Eva De La Rosa, BP
Eva De La Rosa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University. Ms. De La Rosa has over ten years of professional experience in marketing and corporate strategy in the financial services, consumer packaged goods, and retail industries. Ms. De La Rosa has held various leadership positions with American Express and Coca-Cola and is currently Director of Marketing for BP North America. Ms. De La Rosa grew up in Huntington Park, California and currently resides in Newport Beach, California.
Norma Garcia, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP
Norma García is an associate at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, where she specializes in general business litigation. A former President of the Hispanic Bar Association, Ms. García has handled numerous high profile cases as part of the Latino Business Practice Group, including business and defamation disputes for Latin American celebrities. Ms. Garcia is the former president of the Hispanic Bar Association in Orange County and is active in local community organizations in Orange County. Ms. Garcia grew up and currently lives in Santa Ana, California. She is a graduate of Smith College and USC Gould School of Law.
Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center
Victor Narro is the Project Director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center. He is also a faculty member of the UCLA Department of Labor and Workplace Studies and a lecturer for the Chicano Studies Department. Mr. Narro works on policy issues and organizing campaigns affecting low-income immigrant workers, and creating strong alliances between community groups and labor unions. Mr. Narro was formerly the Co-Executive Director of Sweatshop Watch, the Workers’ Rights Project Director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles(CHIRLA), and an attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund(MALDEF). Mr. Narro grew up in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He is a graduate of University of Richmond School of Law in Virginia.
Negar Noushkam, Northrop Grumman
Negar “Nikki” Noushkam is a Senior Principal Engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation. In 2007, she co-Founded and is the President of Environmental Remediation Service, Inc., an environmental consulting firm that serves cities and municipalities in Southern California. Ms. Noushkam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC).
Tina Perry, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Tina Perry is the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Ms. Perry provides business affairs and legal support to the development, production, programming, talent, integrated marketing, digital, finance, communications, risk assessment and music licensing departments. Ms. Perry joined OWN after a long career with MTV Networks and with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP in New York. Ms. Perry is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. She also received her Master’s of Science degree in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, England. Ms. Perry grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and currently lives in Santa Monica, California.
Fred Rooney, CUNY School of Law
After earning his J.D. from the City University of New York’s School of Law (CUNY) in 1986, Fred established a private, community-based law firm in Bethlehem, PA. In 1998, Fred returned to CUNY Law to direct its Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN). Through CLRN, Mr. Rooney supports solo and small-firm lawyers who, in turn, make legal services more widely available to low and moderate-income individuals and communities. Fred lives in Bethlehem, PA and Queens, New York.
Mario Trujillo, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
Mario Trujillo is a former bilingual elementary teacher who manages the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office in Bellflower. He is a former president of the Mexican American Bar Association and serves on the board of the Latino Prosecutors Foundation of Los Angeles County. Mr. Trujillo grew up in San Francisco and currently lives in Downey, California. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Southwestern University School of Law.