Kathleen Brown is currently Partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP where she focuses on business counseling, government and regulatory affairs, particularly as they relate to the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Ms. Brown brings to her practice a background that includes 18 years as a senior executive in the banking and financial services industry and 16 years of public-sector experience, including a term as California’s state treasurer.
Ms. Brown joined Manatt after more than 12 years at Goldman Sachs, Inc., a global investment banking and securities firm, where she served as chairman of Midwest Investment Banking and, prior to that, as managing director and head of the firm’s Western Region Public-Sector and Infrastructure Group. Ms. Brown also held various senior positions with Bank of America, including president of the private bank.
During her tenure with Goldman Sachs, she worked closely with healthcare institutions in California and the Midwest in both an investment banking and strategic advisory capacity, with a particular focus on helping firms navigate the challenges and leverage the opportunities presented by healthcare reform. She also worked with energy clients and participated in over $4.2 billion of water and power bond financings, working extensively with municipal utilities in California, including on projects to meet California’s renewable energy standards.
Ms. Brown’s experience in the government arena includes serving a term as California state treasurer, where she managed a $25 billion bond portfolio, oversaw a $32 billion cash management fund and served as a trustee on the boards of CALPERS and CALSTRS, two of the largest pension funds in the nation. During that time she was co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors. She was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1994, the co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Capital Budgeting, a commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works, and a two-term member of the Los Angeles Board of Education.
Before beginning her campaign for treasurer, Ms. Brown was an attorney in the New York and Los Angeles offices of a global law firm, where she was a member of the Capital Markets Group specializing in public and corporate finance.
Jarrett Barrios serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Community & Programmatic Initiatives for the California Community Foundation. At the Foundation, he oversees organizational strategy and leads all CCF programmatic initiatives, marketing, communications, policy and advocacy.
Prior to CCF, Barrios has served as CEO of American Red Cross of Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Red Cross, GLAAD and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. From 1999 to 2007, he served in the Massachusetts legislature, first in the House of Representatives and then as the first Latino elected to the Massachusetts Senate where he chaired the Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee and was the Vice Chair of the Health Care Committee. Barrios is an appointed member of the Los Angeles County Advisory Council for the Center for Strategic Partnerships and Covered California Board of Directors, is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, and serves on the boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York City, the Center on Law and Social Policy in Washington, DC and the Online Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN) in Barcelona, Spain. He has previously served as vice-chair of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in New York, and on the boards of Families USA, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc.
Barrios earned his A.B. magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard College and his J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He is currently a candidate for an M.A. in Spanish Language & Literature from California State University in Los Angeles.
In this millennium, Janice Bryant Howroyd knows the business world must be more innovative and more exciting! At the same time, it is more crowded, more competitive and more perilous. She thrives on maintaining an edge, expanding into new markets and offering valued clients new services as part of a precision business plan.
Today, the ACT•1 Group thrives through several verticals that add value to each other to support an overall business plan. Driven by Bryant Howroyd’s personal mantra, “Keep the humanity in human resources,” a team of diverse, entrepreneurial professionals manages one of America’s most highly respected and experienced staffs in the industry.
Janice Bryant Howroyd’s personality, perseverance and drive, coupled with – as she points out – her “extraordinary team” is what ensures ACT•1’s continuous growth in a global market.
Motivated by the supportive environments of her own youth, Janice Bryant Howroyd believes that people perform best when their personal strengths are developed and challenged. Her theory is proven true by the 25+ years she has driven a highly successful business. “It is a core value of how I do business today,” says the CEO. “It has never been just about making a match to make some money.”
“Empowering people is a blessing and a responsibility.”
Staying true to these beliefs supports ACT•1, Janice Bryant Howroyd and the communities they service. She and the company contribute well to education, entrepreneurship and economic development. She says, “Growing a global business is all about doing something good for the world.”
John Emerson works in global distribution as vice chairman of Capital Group International, Inc. He has 18 years of industry experience, all with Capital Group.
He most recently served as the United States ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2015, John was awarded the State Department’s Susan M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career ambassador, and in 2017 he was awarded the CIA Medal and the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service award.
Prior to accepting the ambassadorial posting, John was president of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies. Before joining Capital, he was deputy assistant to President Clinton where he coordinated his economic conferences, served as the president’s liaison to the nation’s governors, and led the administration’s efforts to obtain congressional approval of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement and the extension of China s MFN trading status. Additionally, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Before working in the Clinton White House, John served as Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney, and was a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Phillips.
Ambassador Emerson currently serves as Chairman of the American Council on Germany and on the boards of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the German Marshall Fund. He is a long serving member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
John holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Hamilton College, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelors degree in philosophy from Hamilton College. John is based in Los Angeles.
Dee Dee Myers has three decades of experience in strategic communications and public affairs in both the public and private sectors.
Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Warner Bros., where she oversaw the company’s media relations, public positioning, executive communications, crisis management, corporate responsibility and philanthropy on a global basis.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Ms. Myers served as Managing Director of the Glover Park Group, where she used her years of experience in politics and media to counsel clients on strategic and crisis communications, reputation management and strategic positioning.
Ms. Myers served as White House Press Secretary during President Bill Clinton’s first term and was the first woman to hold the position. After leaving the White House, she worked as a political analyst, commentator and writer as well as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling book “Why Women Should Rule the World.” She also co- hosted the CNBC political talk show “Equal Time” and served as a consultant on Warner Bros. Television’s Emmy Award-winning drama series “The West Wing.”
Before joining the Clinton presidential campaign in 1991, Ms. Myers worked on a number of local, state and national campaigns. She served as press secretary for Dianne Feinstein in her 1990 bid for governor of California and worked on the presidential campaigns of Governor Michael S. Dukakis and Vice President Walter F. Mondale. She also worked on the staffs of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and California State Senator Art Torres.
Ms. Myers is a board member of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Wynn Resorts. A graduate of Santa Clara University in California, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Todd S. Purdum, a staff writer at The Atlantic, and
David F. Nathanson has built, managed, and advised some of the most impactful consumer-facing brands in the media and gaming space. An 18-year veteran of FOX, Mr. Nathanson oversaw 10 national networks during his tenure at including many of FOX’s national sports networks including: FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer, TVG, and FOX College Sports.
Currently, Mr. Nathanson is Co-President of Mapleton Investments, a multi-strategy investment firm, Executive Chairman of leading skill games studio and platform, Game Taco, non-executive Chairman of Falcon Water Technologies and serves on the board of the U.S.’s leading sportsbook, Fan Duel Group, the leading global production services company, NEP Group, premier sports talent agency, Excel Sports Management, and world-leading wellness solutions company, Therabody. In addition, Mr. Nathanson is a member of the board and an owner of MLS’s Seattle Sounders, NHL’s Seattle Kraken and NWSL’s Angel City FC. Mr. Nathanson also serves on the board of non-profit organizations, United States Soccer Foundation, Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences.
Mr. Nathanson is a four-time Emmy Award winner for his work in Sports media, was the recipient of the prestigious “40 Under 40” award in 2012 presented by the Sports Business Journal and was twice named by CableFax as one of the 100 most influential persons in the media industry. Mr. Nathanson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.