BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LA County Library Foundation Chair John Donner; Library Director Skye Patrick; LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis; and LA County Library Foundation Board Members, Evelyn Gutierrez and Laura Bollinger (Vice Chair) at the MakMo dedication at La Puente Library
Senior Advisor, Vectis Strategies LLC
John Donner brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in government affairs, communications strategy and media relations following a 30-year career with AT&T. As AT&T’s area vice president and external affairs executive director, he was responsible for relationships with federal, state, county and city government officials and corporate leaders, and for AT&T’s corporate giving to nonprofit agencies.
Donner was responsible for predecessor Pacific Telephone’s public relations, ticketing, lodging and hospitality programs for the 1984 Olympics. He oversaw the conception, design and construction of Pacific Telephone’s permanent communications exhibit at the California Science Center. Following the Olympics, Donner, then with the Pacific Telesis Group, served as a lobbyist to the City and County of Los Angeles.
In 1984, Pacific Telesis Group was acquired by SBC Communications which then purchased AT&T. Donner’s responsibilities were expanded to include leadership of the public affairs team and the monitoring,
analyzing and drafting of legislative and administrative activity for the city and county of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also assisted in building coalitions to support AT&T issues before the California Public Utilities Commission, state legislature, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.
Donner, a graduate of San Diego State University, remains active in community and civic affairs following his retirement. In addition to his position on the County Library Foundation board, he also serves as vice president of the nonprofit 211 LA County, the nation’s largest information and referral service in the nation, and as senior advisor to Vectis Strategies. He also is a member of the board of the Los Angeles Community College District Foundation and Los Angeles City Project Restore.
Laura Bollinger has worked as a community volunteer in many organizations in the Claremont area where she and her family live. She was very involved with the Friends of the Claremont library and served as president of that group. While there, she chaired the adult spelling bee for many years, oversaw the development of a new collection for Claremont Authors, created a telescope lending program, and worked with county officials to manage the Childrens' library renovation project which the Friends group funded. Her passion for library services has brought her to now serve on the Library Foundation board.
Bollinger also serves as a member of the LA County Fair Association where her involvement has focused on art education and educational programs during the fair and year-round. Currently she serves as Chair of the Art Advisory Committee of the Millard Sheets Art Center and serves as a docent for their year-round art programming. She continues to be engaged in many organizations in the Claremont area.
Principal Partner, Kumamoto Associates
Kumamoto Associates, a California-based, woman and minority-owned marketing, management and communications consulting firm, is led by Joanne Kumamoto, principal partner, and Alan Kumamoto, founding partner. Kumamoto Associates, in operation since 1989, provides consulting services to nearly 100 clients and has received numerous accolades for professionalism and their contributions to the betterment of their community. Among the honors awarded to Kumamoto Associates is the coveted National Public Relations Multi-Ethnic Award for creating a multimedia campaign, including a documentary, for the National Marrow Donor program for Asian-Pacific Americans and Native Americans.
Kumamoto has an extensive background in public administration and has managed contracts for non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions and private industry. She began her professional career administering federal grant programs for the City of Los Angeles Mayor Bradley’s Office. Dedicated to community involvement, Kumamoto has experience developing public information programs on housing, transportation and ethnic communities. She is an expert in designing and implementing marketing programs and political campaigning. Kumamoto also has developed and coordinated organizational, management and diversity training workshops. She sits on the boards of directors of the County Library Foundation, the Coro Foundation and the Little Tokyo Business Association. She is a former chair of the American Women for International Understanding and was received its Bernice Behren Award. Kumamoto attended Ventura College and earned certification in adult learning from the University of Southern California.
Mark Hagander, CPA, is an audit and accounting manager at Lucas│Horsfall. He has been in public accounting since 2001, and has worked with not-for-profits of all sizes and closely-held, middle-market companies in many industries. He assists company owners, management and boards of directors in an advisory role, addressing accounting policies, procedures and internal controls. Hagander is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and Construction Financial Management Association.
Hagander volunteers his time as a board member of the Library Foundation and Athlete’s Touch, a nationwide membership of former college and professional athletes who team in business. He also volunteers his time by advising local churches and private schools.
He studied at the University of Redlands, where he majored in accounting and minored in business and economics. He also was a four-year letterman in baseball. Expanding his educational horizons, he studied at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and also coached baseball in Munich, Germany.
Principal, Robert E. Bush Corporation
Bob Bush is owner of the Robert E. Bush Corporation, a lobbying firm specializing in and registered with the County of Los Angeles. He and his affiliates work with cities and public agencies in the Los Angeles area. Experienced as a lobbyist, public relations director and governmental affairs consultant since 1979, Bush has represented a variety of real estate, financial, insurance, cable television, architectural, building contractors, public utilities, and health and welfare associations.
Bush is a founding director, past chair and senior board member of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). He has received numerous commendations for his work with LAEDC and is one of four persons to receive its Lifetime Stewardship Award.
As a member of the Library Foundation’s board of directors, Bush is dedicated to promoting literacy and lifelong learning in Los Angeles County’s diverse communities. Appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to serve on various boards of directors, Bush sits on the Los Angeles County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation, which finances millions of dollars in building and equipment for the County.
From 1969-1979, Bush served as senior deputy to legendary County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. He helped Supervisor Hahn institute such renowned programs as freeway call boxes, public transportation reforms, construction of hospitals and health centers, and the creation of the worldwide paramedic rescue system. Bush also served as President Carter’s California press secretary during the 1976 primary election.
He previously was editor of Plane & Pilot Magazine and a journalist for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, United Press International, South Bay Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles Times.
Chairman, GLAAACC Education Fund & Foundation
Monica Gomez is a fund development professional. She has served as the Development Director at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights—CHIRLA, where she was responsible for managing and overseeing fundraising efforts for the organization. She has over 19 years of experience working in the non-profit sector with a focus in fund development. Prior to joining CHIRLA, for 9 years Monica served as the Principal of MG Development Strategies, where she served as a consultant to an array of non-profit organizations in fund development, grant writing, program development/implementation, capacity building, evaluation and research. For four years, Monica also worked as the Program & Development Director for the United Latino Fund. Prior to venturing as a consultant, Monica was the Director of Development at the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC). In the last 12 years, she has also served on various non-profit boards including the steering committee of LA Walks—a project of Community Partners, Northeast Community Clinic, Proyecto Pastoral, the Greenlining Academy Alumni Association (GAAA), and the Occidental College Latino Alumni Association (OCLAA). Most recently in 2017, Monicabecame a Lecturer for the Program of Global Medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine, where she teaches a grantwriting class every year in the Spring. Lastly, Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College and a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Monica was born in Mexico, but raised in East Los Angeles, and currently lives in Boyle Heights.
Evelyn M. Gutierrez, marketing consultant, retired from the County of Los Angeles with more than 30 years of administrative and public policy experience. As director of the Office of Workplace Programs & Marketing, she directed countywide employee programs and marketing projects. Her administrative responsibilities included development of public policy, fiscal management, strategic planning, grant writing and grant administration.
As County marketing director, Gutierrez designed the County’s first marketing logo, marketing videos, the County’s monthly newsletter (distributed to 100,000 employees) and directed the County’s annual Cesar Chavez Celebration Week.
In 2003, she was appointed by County Supervisor Gloria Molina to the County Quality & Productivity Commission, an advisory commission which assists department heads in developing pilot projects that enhance public service. As chair of its promotion committee, she directs the graphic design and marketing of the Commission’s website offerings, promotional material and annual awards program.
In 2012, Gutierrez was appointed by Supervisor Molina to the City of Baldwin Park Oversight Board to the Dissolved Community Development Commission. As a Library Foundation board member, she promoted the development of the Foundation’s marketing brochures, first website, and Friends Matching Grant and Teen Healthy Living programs. She is a member of Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library’s executive committee and executor of the San Gabriel Library’s Juliette Morales Endowment Fund. She also sponsors the Montebello High School Evelyn Gutierrez Scholarship Fund for low-income students. Gutierrez is a graduate of East Los Angeles College and attended California State Polytechnic University, majoring in management of human resources, with a minor in marketing.
Partner, Zuber Lawler
Manny Medrano is an experienced trial attorney who focuses on white collar criminal defense, financial litigation and internal investigations. Prior to joining Zuber Lawler, Mr. Medrano served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He served as Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Section, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Complaints Unit. During Mr. Medrano’s time as a federal prosecutor, he conducted lengthy grand jury investigations, and prosecuted cases involving complex financial crime and RICO, money laundering, narcotics, government fraud and violent crime.
Medrano is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law School, Loyola Law School, Pepperdine University School of Law, and Southwestern University School of Law, where he has taught Evidence, Trial Advocacy, Ethics and Negotiation. He has also taught as a visiting faculty member at the Harvard Law School’s nationally-recognized Trial Advocacy Workshop.
A former member of the prestigious ranks of the U.S. Supreme Court press corps, Medrano served as a Supreme Court/Legal Affairs correspondent for ABC News in Washington, D.C. He has further distinguished himself as an Emmy award-winning reporter/anchor for KTLA News and KNBC News in Los Angeles.
Dr. Laura Rosenthal
Laura Zahn Rosenthal, PhD., is a former Malibu City Councilmember and two term Mayor. She currently works for DDC Public Affairs, on the Client Relations team, concentrating on energy and environmental programs and issues/policies in California. Advocacy, outreach, government relations and policy development are all part of her background and interests. Rosenthal is a Clinical Psychologist with a long-time private practice, including consulting, clinical trial work and mentoring during her career.
As an elected official, Rosenthal was a LA County Library Commissioner from 2012 – 2018, working closely with fellow commissioners and staff on funding and development of countywide projects and programs. She was Chair of the League of CA Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee, Southern California Council of Governments (SCAG) Regional Council member, SCAG Environmental and Energy Committee member,
Malibu City representative on the Malibu/Las Virgenes Council of Governments, PCH Task Force and sat on the JPA with Santa Monica College. She was on many subcommittees, including Library Public Works, Public Safety and Parks and Recreation. Before her election to city council, she was a long-time volunteer, serving on the Parks and Recreation and Public Works Commissions.
Rosenthal’s passion for learning was reignited when her sons were born. She spent many years as an educational activist and volunteer, focusing on educational equity, environmental education and 20th century learning. She is a past PTA president, Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District campaign co-chair and PTA Council board member. Rosenthal is a founder of Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) and a
co-founder of the Shark Fund.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts (BA) and the University of Southern California (PhD), Rosenthal is dedicated to literacy, innovative Library programs, and sharing and growing the Library Foundation.
LA County Library Director
Skye Patrick was appointed Los Angeles County Librarian on February 1, 2016. Before joining LA County Library, she oversaw the regrowth of the organization and guided Broward County Library’s evolution into a 21-st century library that anticipates the needs and wants of its customers and its community.
Her former professional experience includes Queens Public Library, where she served as Assistant Director,
and San Francisco Public Library, where she held multiple positions as a youth services librarian, branch manager and web services designer. These experiences uniquely positioned her to reimagine the role of the library in Broward County and to turn the library into an active force for change. Her success resulted in numerous honors and accolades for Broward County Library, including the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Florida Library of the Year.