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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,The Carter Law Group
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 practices labor & employment law in San Francisco, California..
Joel Estrada earned his Bachelor’s degree from Amherst College (Amherst, MA) and his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. For over a decade, Joel has served as an executive and senior consultant for several large companies and is frequently hired to provide his expertise in urban marketing with a focus on the Hispanic sector. Joel is the principal of several businesses and owns one of the hottest retail locations in Los Angeles County, “GeekyMamas.” Joel was previously elected to the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees. Additionally Joel has served as chairman of El Camino’s Community College Bond Oversight Committee (Compton Campus), was appointed to the City of Compton’s Personnel Commission, and has been a member of various civic organizations including local Chambers of Commerce. Joel is a resident of Compton, California.
Gabriel Sandoval, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR)
Gabriel Sandoval is a partner in the statewide education law practice group of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) where he represents universities, community colleges, school districts, and charter schools on a range of issues involving all aspects of education, employment and labor law, and compliance with civil rights laws. Prior to joining AALRR, Mr. Sandoval served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as Senior Advisor and Director of Policy at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Over the course of his professional career, Mr. Sandoval has held significant positions in the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors, including Deputy Legal Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Mr. Sandoval also served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, then U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California. Mr. Sandoval secured his BA from Stanford University and JD from Columbia Law School. Raised in the Cypress Park neighborhood of Northeast Los Angeles, Mr. Sandoval currently resides in Echo Park.
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.