River LA Board
He is a graduate of Stanford University and attended UCLA's Graduate School of Film and Television, and the Anderson School of Management. He has also become a writer and photographer with his first book, “Dreamers in Dream City”, having been published in 2009 by Angel City Press.
Board Vice Chair
Board Vice Chair
Together with Co-Directors Connie Rice and Molly Munger, Steve launched a coalition lawsuit, Godinez v. Davis, that won approximately $1 billion for new school construction in Los Angeles and other urban areas —money previously slated for less crowded, more affluent suburban school districts. With these funds the Los Angeles Unified School District began its nationally recognized program to build over 66 new schools since 2001. After the court required California to develop a new system for funding schools construction, Advancement Project was instrumental in assessing the need for adequate schools to serve all children in California as well as shepherding three school construction bond initiatives that raised $25 billion for new and renovated facilities throughout the state, including $5 billion earmarked to relieve overcrowding in urban schools. This funding enabled California to build or renovate over 1 million school spaces since 2000. Steve led Advancement Project's work in crafting the bonds, advising on the implementing regulations and monitoring the state's progress in constructing schools. A committed advocate for legal services for the poor, Steve has served as board president of three major service providers: Public Counsel, the Inner City Law Center, and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Steve also has served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation and chaired the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He received the California State Bar President's Pro Bono Award in 1994 and, with Co-Director Molly Munger, the ACLU of Southern California's Equal Justice Advocate award in 2002. Steve is an honors graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.
She is best known as the creator of the firstTEDx, the founding executive director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Vice Provost for Innovation and founding executive director of the Stevens Center for Innovation at the University of Southern California. She has been involved in various startups and was a prominent mountain bike advocate in New England for a decade. She is currently an advisor to the Obama Administration and the World Economic Forum. She is married and resides in Los Angeles.
From 2002-04 he served on the Liberty Hill Foundation Fund for a New LA Funding Board. James is a long-time delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and has served as a member of the Federation’s COPE Board for more than 20 years. James is the recipient of the 1993 Democrat of the Year Award-Assembly District 45 (Villaraigosa) and was recognized by Congresswomen Judy Chu as the 27th Congressional District 2013 Community Activist of the Year. He has served on the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee and The California Democratic Party Platform Committee.
James has a 21-year-old son Gabriel and recently married his long-time companion, Valerie Harragin, who is a Federal Mediator and serves on the board of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council.
They reside in the Mt. Washington Community of Los Angeles.
In addition to his numerous awards, Kerner was named the Producer of the Year by the Hollywood Entertainment Museum in 2006. As President of Kerner Entertainment and previously a founding partner in The Avnet/Kerner Company, Kerner began his career in the entertainment industry working in various capacities for San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX-TV. He relocated to Los Angeles and worked in the Motion Picture Department of Ball, Hunt, Brown and Baerwitz, a Beverly Hills law firm. Two years later, Kerner joined CBS as a Talent and Program Negotiator in the network’s Business Affairs Department. From 1978 to 1981 he held positions in development at Universal and QM Productions, until moving to ABC Entertainment as Director of Dramatic Series Development. He became Vice President of that division in 1983. While at ABC, Kerner was responsible for developing shows such as “Moonlighting,” “MacGyver,” “Dynasty,” “Spenser: For Hire” and “Call to Glory.” Kerner is a former Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers. He is the Founder and former Cochairman of the Committee for the Arts of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He currently is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the American Film Institute. A 1972 graduate from Stanford University, Kerner received a degree with distinction, and honors in Political Science and Communications. He then earned a JD-MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco in 1976, serving on the Law Review and founding COMM/ENT, the Journal of Communications and Entertainment Law.
Moses was instrumental in bringing National recognition to LA’s craft cocktail culture in LA beginning with a dive bar called Liquid Kitty 19 years ago. Upon establishing 213 Hospitality in 2000, Moses has dedicated his professional pursuits to the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles. He has done so by converting empty or underutilized Commercial buildings with historical and architectural significance into mixed-use developments featuring residential lofts, creative and office spaces, restaurants, breweries and cocktail lounges. Due to his contributions in Downtown LA, Moses is widely acknowledged as one of the city’s most impactful real estate developers and plans to transport that same enthusiasm to other cities like New York, Austin, and San Diego.
Cedd Moses was raised in Venice, California partly by his father, the famous Abstract Expressionist painter Ed Moses. For nearly two decades, Moses worked as a professional money manager, known for his business acumen and socially responsible investing. In the mid-90s Moses shifted gears to concentrate on hospitality projects and development, an extension of his ongoing passion for the city’s arts and underground music subculture. He currently is on the board of LASI (Los Angeles Street Car), Historic Core Business Improvement District, and The Museum of the American Cocktail.
Moses also produced Cool School, a film directed by Academy Award-winning Morgan Neville, spotlighting LA’s Ferus Gallery and the 60s avant-garde artists, including his own father.
Currently, Moses is developing a project inside the historic Fred Harvey Room within Los Angeles’ Union Station amongst other projects.
In his spare time, Moses can be found playing squash or at the racetrack.
Gary Ross is married to Allison Thomas and they have settled their family on the LA River in the valley. Gary bikes the LA River multiple times a week and is one of LA River Corp's newest Board Members.
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.