RELEASE: Central City Association Announces New Leadership for Expanded Board

RELEASE: Central City Association Announces New Leadership for Expanded Board

Board Reflects Diversity of Downtown Los Angeles

Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020

LOS ANGELES (January 7, 2020) -- Central City Association (CCA) announced a new executive committee to lead its Board of Directors in 2020 and the addition of three board members. The Board of Directors represents diverse industries and uses their expertise to help execute CCA's mission to enhance the vibrancy of Downtown Los Angeles and increase investment in the region.

The Board of Directors is led by an executive committee, comprised of influential business and civic leaders who strategically guide CCA to fulfill its mission and achieve meaningful policy results. For the last two years, the Board was led by Tom Gilmore, CEO of Gilmore Associates. As Chair, he helped guide CCA through a leadership transition and advised the organization as it redefined its vision and advocacy priorities. The executive committee includes:

  • Chair: Robert Jernigan, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler
  • Vice Chair: Stephanie Graves, President and CEO, Lee Andrews Group
  • Treasurer: Suzanne Boda, Senior Vice President for Los Angeles, American Airlines
  • Secretary: Bert Dezzutti, Executive Vice President -- Western Region, Brookfield Office Properties
  • Immediate Past Chair: Tom Gilmore, CEO, Gilmore Associates

CCA also announced three new board members. Each brings a unique perspective to CCA's advocacy efforts and will help position CCA as the leading visionary on the future of Downtown and Los Angeles. Joining the board are:

  • Maria Camacho, Director of Government Affairs, Los Angeles Rams
  • Paul Keller, Chairman, Mack Real Estate Development
  • Mark Loranger, President & CEO, Chrysalis

"Our board reflects the diversity of Downtown's stakeholders and issues," said Robert Jernigan, CCA's new Board Chair and Regional Managing Principal of Gensler. "With a critical election year ahead, it is important that we prioritize our civic engagement efforts and hold our leaders accountable. This board is prepared to help CCA navigate political and policy challenges, especially as we evaluate the Downtown Community Plan, elect a new councilmember to represent Downtown and continue to help solve the region's housing and homelessness crises."

Additionally, CCA will expand its influence on the region and enhance the level of service to its 400 members with a full team in place. Nella McOsker recently joined as Vice President of Strategic Relations, overseeing membership engagement efforts. Marie Rumsey, Vice President of Public Policy, is broadening her role by leading CCA's nonprofit arm, Downtown Works, and continuing to activate CCA's Political Action Committee (PAC). Tina Oh is now Vice President of Public Affairs, who helps represent the external voice of CCA along with managing strategic communications and issues management.

"Our board members are key to CCA's success as we pursue our vision to make Downtown a better place to live, work and visit," said Jessica Lall, President & CEO of CCA. "We are grateful to have collaborative board members who are committed to growing and engaging our powerful coalition. Our expanded team will work closely with the Board to continue leveraging their expertise as we tackle homelessness, housing, livability and much more."

For a full list of CCA's Board of Directors and staff, click here.


Tina Oh, Vice President of Public Affairs, 213-416-7521, toh@ccala.org
Lily Rosenberg, Communications Associate, 213-416-7535, lrosenberg@ccala.org

About CCA
Central City Association (CCA) is the premier advocacy organization in the Los Angeles region and leading visionary on the future of Downtown. Through advocacy, influence and engagement, CCA enhances Downtown's vibrancy and increases investment in the region. Since its founding in 1924, it has produced meaningful results for its members, Downtown and the greater Los Angeles area. It represents the interests of 400 businesses, trade associations and nonprofit organizations that together employ more than 350,000 people in Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit www.ccala.org.