Advancing bold public policy that drives economic growth.

The Los Angeles Business Council is one of the most effective and influential business voices in California.

For over 80 years, the LABC has had a major impact on public policy by harnessing the power of business and government to promote progress in the Los Angeles region in the areas of energy, housing, transportation, international trade and economic development.

We are successful at driving progress because we ground our efforts in evidence-based research, build diverse coalitions, and create a path forward for meaningful and measurable progress.

Today our 500+ members represent business and civic leaders from all industry sectors who are focused on innovative public policy that strengthens our economy while improving quality of life for all of us. We work in tandem with our research arm, the LABC Institute, to achieve these ambitious goals.

Through bold, progressive leadership for business, the LABC is trailblazing the way to a stronger, more equitable Los Angeles.

“The Los Angeles Business Council is the most forward-looking business organization in Los Angeles. And one of the best in the country.”

– Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Our Team

Under the leadership of Mary Leslie, the LABC has distinguished itself as a different breed of business organization, taking on challenging issues, supporting groundbreaking research, and building coalitions to create cutting-edge policy.

Mary Leslie

President, LABC & LABC Institute

Adam Lane

Vice President, Government Affairs & Programs

Rachel Levy

Communications & Events Director

David Fink

Sustainability Policy Director

Elaina Houser

Director of Housing and Economic Development

Arielle Lopez

Policy & Programs Associate, Sustainability

Ralica Mladenova

Communications & Events Associate

Pamela Zane

Executive Assistant to President Mary Leslie, & Office Manager

Board Leadership

Our forward-thinking and progressive leadership has been instrumental in the LABC’s success in delivering on our bold vision for the future.

LABC Executive Officers

David Nahai, Chair

David Nahai Companies

Nadine Watt, Immediate Past Chair

Watt Companies

Mary Leslie, President



Thomas Flintoft, Vice Chair

Kindel Gagan

Antonio Manning, Vice Chair

Affordable Living for the Aging

Deborah Kallick, Vice Chair

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Richard Ziman, Founding & Vice Chair,

Rexford Industrial Realty

Lori Tierney, Secretary

Tierney Management LLC

David Sears, Treasurer

Pacific Reach Partners

LABC Board of Directors

Pouria Abbassi


Martin Adams

LA Department of Water and Power

John Adams


Joseph Avila

Sempra Energy Utilities

April Blackadder


Kevin Blackburn

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Tyler Bonstead

STV Incorporated

Kasey Burke

Meta Housing Corporation

Tom Buttgenbach


Brad Cox

Trammell Crow Company

Brant H. Dveirin

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

Kip Field, P.E.


Thomas Flintoft

Kindel Gagan

Beth Foley

Southern California Edison

Garrett Gin

Bank of America

Bob Graziano

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Ron Griffith

Century Housing

Kwaku Gyabaah

Clark Construction

Gene Hale

G & C Equipment Corporation

Scott Hunter


David Hart

Steinberg Hart

Paul Jennings

PCS Energy

Deborah Kallick

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Jan Karl

Morley Builders

Maureen Kindel

Kindel Gagan


Janet Lamkin

United Airlines

Brooke Lauter

Lauter Communications LLC

Mary Leslie

Los Angeles Business Council

Mia Lehrer


Jacob Lipa

Micropolitan | Psomas

Michael Mahdesian

Servicon Systems, Inc.

Antonio Manning

Affordable Living for the Aging

Dan Margolis

FTI Consulting

Michelle Martini

Suffolk Construction Co.

Scott McClure

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.

Reid McMains

Turner Construction

George J. Mihlsten

Latham & Watkins

Wendy Mitchell

WM Consulting

Claudette A. Moody


David Nahai

David Nahai Companies

Jamal Nasserdeen

Unisource Solutions

Hilary Norton

Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic

Marco Perez


Jonathan Port

PermaCity Solar

Jerry Porter


Saundra Price

W.E. O’Neil Construction

Phil Recht

Mayer Brown

Kirk Rose, AIA, DBIA

HMC Architects

Michael Rosenfeld

Next Century Partners, LLC

Alan Rothenberg

1st Century Bank


Martha Saucedo


David Sears

Pacific Reach Partners

Gregg Sherkin

Wells Fargo

Patti Shwayder

AIR Communities

Sarah Shaw

JMB Realty Corporation

Alan Skobin

Galpin Motors, Inc.

Lori Tierney

Tierney Management LLC

Jon Vein

Los Angeles Convention Center and Tourism Development Commission

Jimar Wilson

Enterprise Community Partners

Tom Warren

Holland Partner Group

Nadine Watt

Watt Companies

Richard Ziman

Rexford Industrial Realty


The LABC Institute is the research and educational arm of the LA Business Council. The LABCi produces cutting-edge research to strengthen the sustainable economy of the Los Angeles region. Since its founding in 2010, the LABCi has partnered with leading academic institutions throughout L.A. to help develop research-driven, policy solutions.

LABCi Executive Officers

Richard Ziman, Founding Chair

Chairman, Rexford Industrial Realty

Brad Cox, Chair

Senior Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company

Mary Leslie, President

President, Los Angeles Business Council

Antonio Manning, Vice Chairman

Affordable Living for the Aging

David Sears, Treasurer

Pacific Reach Partners

Lori Tierney

Tierney Management

LABCi Board of Directors

Henry Cisneros


Kendra Doyel

Ralphs Grocery Company

Lew Horne


Joanne Kozberg

California Strategies

Jacob Lipa


David Nahai

David Nahai Companies

Dan Rosenfeld


Gene Seroka

Port of Los Angeles

Kecia Washington


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