Board of Directors


Marc I. Stern – Chair, Board of Directors

Marc I. Stern is Chairman of The TCW Group Inc., a Los Angeles-based asset-management firm with approximately $130 billion of assets under management. Prior to being named Chairman of TCW in 2013, Mr. Stern served as TCW’s Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2012, as Vice Chairman from 2005 to 2013, and as President from 1990 to 2005. From 2007 to 2013, he was a member of the Management Committee of Société Générale Group and Chairman of Société Générale Global Investment Management and Services (GIMS) North America unit. TCW was acquired by Société Générale in 2001. Société Générale sold their interest in TCW 2013 to The Carlyle Group and TCW Management. Prior to joining TCW in 1990, Mr. Stern was President of SunAmerica, Inc. (NYSE), now a subsidiary of America International Group, Inc. Mr. Stern is a former Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of The Henley Group, Inc. From 1974 to 1986 Mr. Stern was an officer of Allied-Signal Inc. and various predecessor companies. From 1970 to 1974, he was associated with the New York City law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.

Mr. Stern serves as a Director of Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ) and is an Owner of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. Among numerous other charitable pursuits, he is Chairman of the Los Angeles Opera and serves on the Boards of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, PBS SoCal and the California Institute of Technology. A native of Vineland, New Jersey, Mr. Stern holds degrees from Dickinson College, Columbia University Graduate School of Public Law and Government and Columbia University School of Law. Mr. Stern and his wife, Eva, a Clinical Social Worker, reside in Malibu, California. They have two children and six grandchildren.


Fred J. Ali

Fred Ali is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Weingart Foundation, a private foundation that supports nonprofit organizations in more effectively addressing the needs of low-income and underserved individuals and communities in Southern California. Prior to his appointment to the Foundation in 1999, Fred held senior leadership positions with non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Fred currently chairs the Board of Advisors for the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. He sits on the boards of the California Association of Nonprofits, the Child Welfare Initiative, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. Fred also serves as a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is a frequent a speaker on issues and trends affecting nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.


Kathleen Brown

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.


Janice Bryant Howroyd

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.”


Richard D. Jacobs

Richard D. Jacobs serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, Mr. Jacobs oversees all of the external-facing functions of the Mayor’s office, including communications, government and constituent relations, scheduling, protocol and strategic partnerships. He serves on the Board of the newly launched Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. For years, Mr. Jacobs has been a California-based international business executive, entrepreneur, investor and social change activist. He is founder and principal at RDJ Strategic Advisors, which has provided long-term advice to very high net worth families and other endeavors, and is founder of the Courage Campaign, one of the fastest-growing online networks working for progressive change in California and the nation.

Jacobs served as International Director and Assistant to the President of the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee from 1980-1982, during which time he first traveled to China.

In 1991, Jacobs launched Newstar, a Washington, DC- and Moscow-based investment and advisory firm focused on the former Soviet Union, in partnership with former United States Senate Majority Leader and President Reagan’s White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker. In 2003-04, he served as California chair for Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean.

Prior to establishing Newstar, Mr. Jacobs served as Assistant to the Chairman (Dr. Armand Hammer) of Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corporation from 1983 through 1990. In 1985, Mr. Jacobs was elected Vice President of Occidental (the youngest officer in the company’s history) with responsibility for all activities of the Office of the Chairman, including US and international government and business contacts. In this capacity, Mr. Jacobs traveled to the USSR some 60 times in the 1980’s, with frequent travel to China, Western and Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Israel and many other nations.

In 2005, Jacobs founded the Courage Campaign to harness and sustain the grassroots energy Californians bring to national politics, with a specific focus on making California more progressive, more governable, and more accountable to ordinary taxpayers. Courage played a decisive role in ending the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, overturning Prop. 8 and creating and passing Prop. 30, which restored California to fiscal health.

A native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Jacobs is a 1980 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he received the Dean’s Citation. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, including on the defense conversion committee of the Pentagon’s Defense Science Advisory Board. Jacobs lives in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles with his partner Shaun Kadlec who is a filmmaker.


Manuel Pastor, PhD

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). He holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His most recent book is Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions (Routledge 2012; co-authored with Chris Benner), a volume that brings together quantitative and qualitative analysis to argue that growth and equity can and should be linked, offering a new path for a U.S. economy seeking to recover from economic crisis and distributional distress. Previous volumes include: Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton 2010; co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh) and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America (Cornell University Press 2009; co-authored with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka).

Dr. Pastor served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly and as a member of the Regional Targets Advisory Committee for the California Air Resources Board; he is currently on the Commission of the Parks Forward initiative. In 2012, he was awarded the Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year award from the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles in recognition of his many research partnerships with social justice organizations.


Tom Unterman

Tom founded investment firm Rustic Canyon Partners in 1999 and continues to be actively involved in the firm.

Prior to forming Rustic Canyon, Tom was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Times Mirror Company. At Times Mirror, he led the acquisition and divestiture activity and oversaw the investment program. Prior to joining Times Mirror, Tom was one of California’s leading corporate attorneys, practicing first with Orrick, Herrington from 1969 to 1986 and then with Morrison & Foerster from 1986 to 1992.

Tom is a director of six Rustic Canyon portfolio companies. He also is a Director of Blackline Systems and Praedicat.

In the public and non-profit sector, Tom serves actively on the boards of the CalSTRS, California Community Foundation, The Advancement Project, CalArts, Heal the Bay, Courage Campaign and MOCA (Life Trustee).

Tom earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.