Program Advisory Committee
Ambassador Frank E. BaxterChairman of the Board of Governors – Fremont College, Former Ambassador to Uruguay, and Chairman Emeritus – Jefferies and Company, Inc.
Ambassador Frank E. Baxter is Chairman Emeritus of Jefferies and Company, Inc., a global investment bank focusing on mid-cap companies. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in 2001, a position he had held since 1987. He is the former Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, where he served from November 2006 to January 2009. Mr. Baxter has been involved in numerous civic activities, including the following: Chairman of After-School All-Stars; Chairman of the Board of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, an organization dedicated to starting a number of charter schools in Los Angeles; Board Member, California Institute of the Arts; Member, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth; Vice Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles Opera, whose budget grew 2 ½ times during his tenure as President; Chairman of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, while undergoing a major building campaign; Trustee, University of California Berkeley Foundation; and Trustee, I Have a Dream Foundation, LA Chapter.
Andrew CherngFounder and Chairman – Panda Restaurant Group
As Founder and Chairman of Panda Restaurant Group (PRG), Andrew Cherng has created a company that strongly believes in its mission “To deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives.” Andrew’s inside-out approach to both his personal and professional life has created an environment at PRG that prioritizes people and guests before financials – a philosophy that has helped to elevate PRG as the nationwide leader in Asian food service. PRG currently employs over 16,000 associates and will exceed $1 Billion in sales in 2007. What started as a passion for food has evolved into a passion for life, learning and people. Andrew Cherng Panda Restaurant Group Founder and Chairman
Andy BarthChairman – Capital Guardian Trust Company
Andrew F. Barth is chairman of Capital Guardian Trust Company, chairman of Capital International Limited, executive vice president of Capital Group International Inc., and vice chairman of Capital International Research, Inc. He also serves as a director for the Capital Group Companies, Inc. He is a member of the Global Institutional committee. Mr. Barth joined the Capital Group Companies in 1985 after completing his MBA at Columbia Business School. He graduated from Columbia summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. His civic duties include serving on the board of trustees for the California Science Center Foundation, and Pomona College, and on the board of overseers for the Huntington Museum, Library and Gardens.
Andrew GrossPresident of Development – Tom Safran & Associates
Andrew David Gross is Vice President of Development at Tomas Safran & Associates. Mr. Gross is experienced in many aspects of affordable and market rate housing development, including finance, government agency negotiations, and project management through planning, design and construction. Tomas Safran & Associates owns and manages over 3,200 units of affordable rental housing in California. For over 25 years, the Company has specialized in developing affordable housing projects, many of which have won awards from prestigious organizations.
Jeffrey S. LevinePresident – Levine Management Group, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Levine, President, Levine Management Group, Inc. is a recognized specialist in real estate management, construction and development, of multi-family and senior citizen apartment communities. Over the years, the firm has managed in excess of $100,000,000 of real estate from pre-design through the completion of construction. Levine Management Group, Inc. currently manages in excess of 4,500 apartment units throughout southern California. Jeff’s duties on projects have included project management, site acquisition and procurement, financial analysis, selection and supervision of architects and consultants, purchasing, oversight of permit processing and expediting, government regulatory compliance, monitoring of construction, and asset and property management. Jeff is a member of the Advisory Board for Fremont College of Business, and is active in other civic and philanthropic organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Piyush ModiManager, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Piyush has over 7 years of experience in income tax planning, tax return preparation and financial reporting for individuals, family owned and closely-held businesses. Piyush’s main industry experience includes tax planning, tax compliance, tax and business consulting services to clients in the real estate industry, as well as high net worth individuals. He has also represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board in audit matters.