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 really one of the leading business organizations probably in the country at recognizing the connection between protecting the environment and enhancing our local economy.”

– LA City Council President Paul Krekorian

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

Mary Leslie

President, LABC & LABC Institute

Rachel Levy

Rachel Levy

Communications & Events Director

David Fink

David Fink

Sustainability Policy Director

Elaina Houser

Elaina Houser

Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs

Arielle Lopez

Arielle Lopez

Policy & Programs Associate, Sustainability

Ralica Mladenova

Ralica Mladenova

Communications & Events Associate

Gia Nazarian

Gia Nazarian

Executive Assistant to President Mary Leslie

Natali Rivera

Natali Rivera

Events & Development Associate

Natali Rivera

Caroline E. Choi

Policy Associate, Housing

Natali Rivera

Laurie Zaifert

Controller

Ralica Mladenova

Christy Hayek

Director of Government Affair & Advocacy

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

LABC

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

Associated Students UCLA

Martin Adams

LADWP

John Adams

Gensler

Greg Ames

Trammell Crow Company

Jason Barrett

GAF

Kevin Blackburn

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Fransisco

Tyler Bonstead

STV

Kasey Burke

Meta Housing Corporation

Tom Buttgenbach

Avantus

Johnny Casana

Pattern Energy

Brad Cox

Trammell Crow Company

Brant Dveirin

Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP

Thomas Flintoft

Kindel Gagan

Justina Garcia

Southern California Edison

Sam Garrison

USC

Garrett Gin

Bank of American

Trip Grant

HDR

Stephanie Graves

Lee Andrews Group

Bob Graziano

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Gene Hale

G & C Equipment Corporation

David Hart

Steinberg Hart

Scott Hunter

HKS

Paul Jennings

PCS Energy

Rob Jernigan

Clayco

Deborah Kallick

Cedars-Sinai Health System

Jan Karl

Morley Builders

Joanne Kozberg

California Strategies

Beulah Ku

Century Housing

Janet Lamkin

United Airlines

Brooke Lauter

Lauter Communications

Mia Lehrer

Studio-MLA

Mary Leslie

LABC

Jacob Lipa

Micropolitan / Psomas

Michael Mahdesian

Servicon Systems

Antonio Manning

Affordable Housing for the Aging

Dan Margolis

FTI Consulting

Michelle Martini

Suffolk Construction

Scott McClure

Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction

Jennifer McElyea

Ethos Real Estate

Reed McMains

Turner Construction

Greg McWilliams

FivePoint

George Mihlsten

Latham & Watkins

Claudette Moody

CAM Consulting

David Nahai

David Nahai Companies

Hilary Norton

FASTLinkDTLA

Marco Perez

UCLA

Jonathan Port

PermaCity Foundation

Saundra Price

W.E O’Neil Construction

Phil Recht

Mayer Brown

Kirk Rose

HMC

Alan Rothenberg

1st Century Bank / The Midland Group

Martha Saucedo

AEG

David Sears

Grace Companies

Carmel Sella

Wells Fargo

Gene Seroka

Port of Los Angeles

Gregg Sherkin

Wells Fargo

Patti Shwayder

Air Communities

Lori Tierney

Tierney Management

Joss Tillard-Gates

Clark Consturcion

Jon Vein

The Los Angeles Convention Center and Tourism Development Commission

Todd Wager

TRC Companies

Brooke Walbuck

Webcor Buildings

Nadine Watt

Watt Capital Partners

Jimar Wilson

Enterprise Community Partners

Jill Wittnebel

Gensler

Lillian Yan

HNTB

Richard Ziman

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

THE LABC INSTITUTE

Since its founding in 2010, the LABCi has partnered with leading academic institutions throughout L.A. to help develop research-driven, policy solutions.

LABCi Reports

Housing & Homelessness

2023

Tackling the Housing Crisis: Streamlining to Increase Housing Production in Los Angeles

In partnership with the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate

2021

LA Business Council Institute Homelessness Survey

in cooperating with the LA Times and Hart Research

2019

LA Business Council Institute Homeless Survey

in cooperating with the LA Times and Hart Research

Sustainability (Transportation, Clean Energy)

Economic Development

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

Board of Directors

Henry Cisneros

CityView

Kendra Doyel

Ralphs Grocery Company

Lew Horne

CBRE

Joanne Kozberg

California Strategies

Jacob Lipa

Micropolitan/Psomas

David Nahai

David Nahai Companies

Dan Rosenfeld

Indivest

Gene Seroka

Port of Los Angeles

Kecia Washington

LADWP

News from the labc

Spectrum News: LABC Architecture Award winners bridge past, present, future

Spectrum News: LABC Architecture Award winners bridge past, present, future

Supply Chain Dive: Los Angeles public-private partnership aims to advance industrial solar

Supply Chain Dive: Los Angeles public-private partnership aims to advance industrial solar

Solar Builder: Valta Energy Develops 1.5-MW Rooftop Project, Part of LADWP Feed-in-Tariff Solar Program

Solar Builder: Valta Energy Develops 1.5-MW Rooftop Project, Part of LADWP Feed-in-Tariff Solar Program

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Rachel Levy
Communications Director
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