Governing Board Bios - River LA

Governing Board Bios

Brian Moore

River LA remembers Mr. Brian Moore (River LA Board Chair, November 2013 - October 2016)

(June 11, 1943 - December 23, 2017) Brian Moore served as River LA board chair from November 2013 to October 2016. Mr. Moore was a seasoned manager and engineer who has planned, designed, and constructed some of the largest public works and military construction projects in Southern California, Arizona, and Nevada. He is survived by his wife Nancy (of 43 years), two brothers Norman Jr. and Jon, and his nieces and nephew.

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Harry B. Chandler - Chair

Harry B. Chandler (Chair)

After nearly thirty years as a media executive at 20th Century Fox, Showtime, Hearst Entertainment, the Los Angeles Times and Overture Services (now Yahoo Search), Harry Chandler now devotes much of his time to the River LA board and other non-profit pursuits. 

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Christopher Rising

Christopher Rising (Vice-Chair)

Christopher Rising manages the day-to-day business activities of Rising Realty Partners, while also serving on its Investment Committee. 

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Leslie Lassiter

Leslie Lassiter - (Treasurer)

Leslie Lassiter is a Managing Director and leads our Entertainment Practice in J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in Los Angeles. A veteran banker, Leslie joined Chase Manhattan Bank in 1979. During her more than 30 years with the firm, she has held a number of senior leadership positions in both the Private Bank and the Investment Bank. 

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Steve English

Steve English (Secretary)

Before co-founding Advancement Project, Steve English was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius for twelve years, helping to manage a 20-lawyer litigation department. 

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Heather Crossner

Heather Crossner

Heather Crossner is counsel in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the firm's Environmental, Land & Resources Department.

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Cynthia Hirschhorn

Cynthia Hirschhorn

Cynthia is proud to serve on the board of RiverLA to which she brings her passions for public art, urban gardens and water resiliency. Cynthia is an environmental designer whose work spans commercial, residential and nonprofit projects. She founded Unycyn Civic Arts, a non- profit dedicated to “the art of being civic”. She also serves on the boards of ProCon.org and Action Civics CA which promote civic education and engagement. Her websites flowproject.la and civicas.net are curated resource sites promoting civic education, civic arts, and water resiliency. 

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Krisztina Holly

Krisztina Holly

Krisztina Holly, known by her colleagues as "Z" is a Hungarian American innovator and entrepreneur. She serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office.

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James Johnson

James Johnson

James currently serves on the Board of the SCLC of Southern California. He previously served on the Board of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), and Chair of the ADA Foundation. 

 

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Jordan Kerner

Jordan Kerner

Jordan Kerner’s feature film credits include: Charlotte’s Web, Snow Dogs, Inspector Gadget, George Of The Jungle, Up Close & Personal, When A Man Loves A Woman, The Three Musketeers, The Mighty Ducks Trilogy, Fried Green Tomatoes and many others. His most recent film, The Smurfs, grossed over $500 million.

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Cedd Moses

Cedd Moses

Cedd Moses is the founder and inspiration behind 213 Hospitality, a company which operates several of Los Angeles' most celebrated bars, restaurants, and breweries. Including The Varnish; Cole's Originators of the French Dip; Seven Grand Whiskey Bar; The Golden Gopher; Tony's Saloon; The Broadway Bar; Caña Rum Bar; Las Perlas; Casey's Irish Bar; Honeycut; The Normandie Club; and Arts District Brewing Company.

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Dee Dee Myers

Dee Dee Myers

Dee Dee Myers became Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Warner Bros. in September 2014.  In this role, she oversees all of the company's corporate communications strategies and activities on a global basis, including media relations, public positioning, executive communications, corporate responsibility and philanthropy. 

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American film director, writer, and author. He wrote and directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit, among others.

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Mark Roybal

Mark Roybal

Mark Roybal served as Executive Vice President of Production at 20th Century Fox, from 2013 to 2017.  He supervised the “Planet of the Apes” franchise for the studio, including Matt Reeves’ upcoming “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and he was the production executive on David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.”  He also developed and oversaw the upcoming films for the studio: Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” Will Eubank’s “Underwater,” and David Prior’s “The Empty Man.” 

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Bruce Saito

Bruce Saito 

Bruce Saito is the Director of the California Conservation Corps. 

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Richard Weintraub

Richard Weintraub

Richard Weintraub, President and founder of Weintraub Real Estate Group, has distinguished himself among developers as a community oriented developer whose unparalleled vision and creativity is only match by his incredible sensitivity to the unique needs of each neighborhood in which he develops. 

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Debra Wong Yang

Debra Wong Yang

Debra Wong Yang is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office.  Reflective of her broad practice and comprehensive abilities, Ms. Yang is Chair of the Crisis Management Practice Group, former Chair of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, which includes the FCPA Practice Group and former Chair of the Information Technology and Data Privacy Practice Group.  She is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and the Management Committee.

Ms. Yang received her Juris Doctor in 1985 from Boston College Law School and was a law clerk to the Honorable Ronald S.W. Lew in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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