The Occidental Board of Trustees works to ensure the longevity of the institution while respecting its mission, traditions, and heritage.

The Occidental Board of Trustees

Our Board members come from a wide variety of off-campus experiences, and they provide diverse perspectives, insights, points of view, and skills which expand the context and resources for governing the College. As trustees of the College, Board members literally hold the College in trust, exercising the highest level of loyalty to, and care for, the College and its constituencies.

In this regard, trustees support the financial well-being of the College, and they use their many and varied relationships in the larger community to enhance the reputation of the College and to build support for its mission. Being a trustee for Occidental College is both an honor and a great responsibility.

While we maintain the privacy of individual Board members, you are welcome to send questions, suggestions, and feedback to or (323) 259-2542.

Board Bylaws


Officers of the Board

Stephen Rountree '71, Chair
Managing Director (retired) (Los Angeles, CA)

Coit Blacker '72, Board Vice-Chair
Professor & Senior Fellow Emeritus, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
David Burcham '73

David Burcham '73, Board Vice-Chair
Attorney at Law and Educator (retired) (Long Beach, CA)


Lisa Link headshot Lisa H. Link P'18, Board Vice-Chair
Attorney at Law (retired) (Los Angeles, CA)
Amos Himmelstein Amos Himmelstein, Treasurer
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Occidental College
Barbara Valiente

Barbara Valiente, Assistant Treasurer
Associate Vice President for Finance / Controller, Occidental College

Marsha Schnirring, Secretary of the College, Occidental College

Members of the Board

Harry J. Elam, Jr. (Ex Officio)
President, Occidental College
Lande Ajose '87
Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, State of California Governor's Office (Oakland, CA)
Timothy Allison-Hatch '71
Retired Teacher (Albuquerque, NM)
David Anderson headshot David H. Anderson '63
Attorney at Law (retired) (Ketchum, ID)
Magdalena Arenas '92 P'19
Physician (Pasadena, CA)
Carl A. Ballton '69 Carl A. Ballton '69
Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (retired) (Atlanta, GA)
David Berkus headshot

David W. Berkus '62 P'95
President, Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC (Arcadia, CA)

John G. Branca '72 John G. Branca '72
Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
Eileen Anisgarten Brown '73 Eileen Anisgarten Brown '73
President, Brown's Building Blocks (Los Angeles, CA)
Anne Cannon headshot Anne Cannon '74
Independent Financial Advisor and CPA (Pasadena, CA)
Lisa Coscino '85
Executive Director, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (San Francisco, CA)
Nancy Dambro '75, P'13
Physician (Fort Worth, TX)
Hector De La Torre '89 Hector De La Torre '89, P'20
Chair, LA Care Board of Governors (Los Angeles, CA)
Gloria Duffy headshot Gloria Duffy '75
President and CEO, Commonwealth Club of California (San Francisco, CA)
Louise Edgerton '67 Louise Edgerton '67 M'69
Secretary and Treasurer, Edgerton Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
Diane L. Evans '76 H'12
Scientist (retired) (La Crescenta, CA)
Brad Fauvre headshot Brad Fauvre ’87
President, Velocity Vehicle Group (Whittier, CA)
Alan Freeman headshot Alan Freeman '66 M'67 P'91
Professor Emeritus of Theater, Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA)
Michael Gibby '68
President & CEO, Arion Systems, Inc. (McLean, VA)
Ronald Hahn headshot Ronald R. Hahn '66
Chairman, Lotus Separations, LLC (Scottsdale, AZ)
Maurine Halperin headshot Maurine Halperin P'16
Director of Communications, Town School for Boys (San Francisco, CA)
Alison Hawkins headshot Alison Hawkins '87
Managing Principal, Artemis Real Estate Partners (Beverly Hills, CA)
Lori Moore Hunter '79 P'08
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Facilities, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Bob Johnson '77
Principal, Planet Illogica (Los Angeles, CA)
Gary Kaplan headshot Gary Kaplan '71
Partner, Greenberg Glusker (Los Angeles, CA)
Giles Kemp headshot Giles "Gil" Kemp P'04
Founder and President (retired) (Windermere, FL)
Gordon MacInnes headshot Gordon MacInnes '63
President (retired) (Trenton, NJ)
Susan H. Mallory '76 M'78 Susan H. Mallory '76 M'78
Practice Executive, Banking | Wealth Management, Northern Trust (San Diego, CA)
Greta J. Mandell '72

Greta J. Mandell '72 P'92
Psychiatrist (Altadena, CA)

Bonnie Mills headshot

Bonnie Mills '81
President, Dennis Mills Family Foundation (Austin, TX)

Theodore R. Mitchell, H'07
President, American Council on Education (Washington, DC)
Tuan Ngo '07, (Ex Officio, Board of Governors President)
Associate, International Tax, DLA Piper (Redmond, WA)
Art Peck '77
Executive Chairperson and CEO, Good Commerce Acquisition Company
Executive Chairperson and Partner, The Great
Former President and CEO, Gap Inc. (Orinda, CA)
Steven R. Robinson '77 Steven R. Robinson '77
President, SRR Trading, LLC (Moraga, CA)
Rick Rugani Rick Rugani '75
Independent Financial Advisor (retired) (Bronxville, NY)
Reid Samuelson '72 Reid Samuelson '72
Partner, Samuelson Partners (Los Angeles, CA)
Soroosh Shambayati headshot

Soroosh Shambayati '86
CEO, Guggenheim Investment Bankers S.A. (Geneva, Switzerland)

Christopher Varelas '85

Christopher Varelas '85
Partner, Riverwood Capital (Menlo Park, CA)

J. Grant Woods headshot

J. Grant Woods '76
Principal, Grant Woods Law (Phoenix, AZ)

Chairs Emeriti

Virginia G. Cushman '55
Civic Volunteer (Pasadena, CA)

Chris Calkins '67
President, Carltas Co (Carlsbad, CA)

Dennis Collins P '94
Senior Executive Consultant, CCS Fundraising (San Francisco, CA)

John Farmer P'98
Senior Director (retired) (Tiburon, CA)

Irwin Field
Chairman and CEO, Liberty Vegetable Oil Co (Beverly Hills, CA)

Stephen F. Hinchliffe Jr. '55
Chairman and CEO (retired) (Los Angeles, CA)

Peter W. Mullin
Chairman and CEO, Mullin Consulting Inc (Los Angeles, CA)

John B. Power '58
Attorney at Law (retired) (Los Angeles, CA)

Catherine Young Selleck '55
President and CEO (retired) (Menlo Park, CA)

Trustees Emeriti

Ronald J. Arnault
President, RJA Consultants (Pasadena, CA)

Alice Walker Duff '69
Managing Director, (retired) (Los Angeles, CA)

J. Eugene Grigsby III '66
President and CEO, National Health Foundation (retired) (Los Angeles, CA)

Fred Hameetman '61
Chairman, American Group (Los Angeles, CA)

Allen W. Mathies, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Huntington Memorial Hospital (South Pasadena, CA)

Daniel Ian McKinnon '89
Founding partner, Sandia Holdings LLC (Greenwich, CT)

Kristine A. Morris '76
Partner, Morris & Berger (Port Townsend, WA)

Catherine A. Pepe '64
Partner, O'Melveny & Myers (retired) (Lompoc, CA)

Jack D. Samuelson '46 P'72 P'77
Partner, Samuelson Partners (La Canada Flintridge, CA)

Rosemary B. Simmons '53
Former Councilmember, City of San Marino (retired) (San Marino, CA)

Tod White '59
Founder and CEO, Blessing/White Inc. (retired) (Balboa, CA)

Charles E. Young, Ph.D.
Chancellor Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles (Sonoma, CA)

Presidents Emeriti

Theodore R. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Robert A. Skotheim, Ph.D

John Brooks Slaughter, Ph.D.

Jonathan A. Veitch, Ph.D.