JSAF Directors

Laura Ansell


Laura is the President and CEO of Brand Alloy, a boutique brand strategy and market research agency based in New York City. Brand Alloy helps clients grow revenue, create a stronger bond with customers, and beat the competition. Her expertise includes brand strategy and positioning, bringing the brand to life at each touch point, creating brand sparks, portfolio optimization, channel planning, and market segmentation.

Previously, Laura was Head of Brand Strategy in the New York office of PSB, a WPP-owned market research agency. She also worked as a brand strategy consultant at the Zyman Group. Before joining the consultant side of the business, Laura spent 17 years at AT&T Corporation in a wide variety of branding, marketing and management roles.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. She lives in New York.

Laura is currently a JSA Trustee. She facilitated the JSA Foundation Board Retreat (pro bono) in 2018.

Beth Freeman


Beth Freeman was appointed a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California in February 2014.

She was previously a Superior Court Judge in California’s San Mateo County for 13 years, handling family law, law and motion and general trial assignments. Freeman is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of California at Berkeley and was admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar in 1979 and the California Bar in 1981.

Freeman served as an associate at the Washington law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Kampelman and as an associate at the San Francisco law firm Lasky Haas, Cohler and Munter. She was a deputy county counsel in San Mateo from 1983-2000. Beth Freeman previously served as a JSA Director. She was the first women to hold the position of JSA Board President. She is currently a JSA Trustee.

Freeman attended Ravenswood High School in East Palo Alto, Calif., and was a member of the Junior State chapter there.

Scott Garner


Scott Garner is a partner at the law firm of Umberg Zipser LLP in Irvine, California. His practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on attorney liability defense and other business disputes. He is the immediate past chair of the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct, and the current advisor to that Committee. He is the co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association Professionalism and Ethics Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association, and the President of the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Garner graduated from Troy High School in Fullerton, California in 1984, where he was Junior State Chapter President and Southern Empire Region Speaker and Mayor. He attended JSA UC Davis Summer School in 1982 and Georgetown Summer School in 1983. Scott earned a B.A. from Stanford University in 1988 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.

Garner lives in Laguna Hills, California with his wife Karen, his son, Espen, and his twin daughters, Annika and Helena.

Bonnie Goldberg Germain


Bonnie Germain is a Certified Public Accountant with over 27 years of experience providing personalized tax compliance, accounting, and business management services to individuals and small businesses. Her clients include writers, directors, producers, composers, lawyers, tech industry executives and other high net-worth individuals and their closely held businesses.

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Bonnie began her career with Peat Marwick & Mitchell (KPMG) in the Los Angeles office and later joined the local firm of Parks, Palmer, Turner & Yemenidjian as a tax manager prior to starting her own tax and business management practice in 1991. Bonnie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for accounting and financial professionals.

Bonnie was a member of JSA from 1978 to 1981, serving as Angeles Region State Council Representative in 1980-1981. She attended Summer School in 1980 at U.C. Davis and Symposium in 1979 at the University of Southern California where set met her husband, Daniel Germain (Davis ’80, DC ‘81). Bonnie and Dan have two daughters, Michelle (Stanford ‘08) and Kayla (Georgetown ‘11).

Andrew Green


Andy Green is the Managing Director of Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, he most recently served as counsel to Kara Stein, commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. In that capacity, he advised Commissioner Stein on securities law, financial regulation, and related economic policy matters. Major areas of focus included the implementation of swaps reforms under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the landmark legislation that reformed the U.S. financial system after the 2008 financial crisis, and the crowdfunding provisions of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups, or JOBS, Act, which sought to increase access to capital for small and midsize businesses. He also handled a range of accounting, asset management, corporate governance, and financial disclosure matters, as well as enforcement cases and international matters that came before the commission.

Prior to joining the SEC in 2014, Green served as counsel to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), for whom he handled banking, trade, budget, and legal matters. In that capacity, he served as staff director of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Policy from 2013 to 2014, with responsibility for oversight of monetary policy, systemic stability, currency, and general economic matters. He participated in the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 and was the lead staff member for the Merkley-Levin amendment, which added the Volcker rule into the law. He also participated in the passage of the JOBS Act as the lead staff member of the Merkley-Brown-Bennet amendment, which authored the law’s crowdfunding provisions.

Prior to joining Sen. Merkley’s office in early 2009, Green practiced corporate law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in Hong Kong and Shanghai. His practice focused on corporate finance, initial public offerings, and cross-border merger and acquisition. Green holds a B.A. in government and an M.A. in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Paul Hrabal


Paul Hrabal is a serial entrepreneur with a strong background in technology and finance. His current startup, Deep Capital, seeks to apply deep learning artificial intelligence to global capital markets. Previously, Paul has started, run and successfully sold three companies. Most recently, he was Founder/CEO of U.S. One Inc., an investment management firm that ran a NYSE-listed global equity exchange-traded fund (ETF). Prior to U.S. One, Paul was Founder/CEO of U.S. Data Trust Corporation, a B2B cloud-storage company. Paul also has extensive corporate finance and business development experience with Dell Computer in emerging markets in Europe and Asia. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's in Economics from Occidental College. In addition to his professional life, Paul has served on the Board of Directors of non-profit organizations that reflect his interest in education and youth leadership.

Paul was JSA Chapter President of Southern California’s Temple City High School in 1982 and attended JSA Summer School at U.C. Davis in 1983. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and was appointed Chair in 2013. Since 2016, Paul serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors with a focus on Development and alumni affairs.

Larry Klane


Larry Klane brings broad leadership experience in financial services across an array of wholesale and retail businesses around the world. He has developed and executed transformative business strategies with a focus on delivering tangible results.

Prior to co-founding Pivot Investment Partners, Larry was the Global Financial Institutions Group Leader for Cerberus Capital Management. In this capacity, Larry worked to maximize the value of the firm’s financial services activities, including new transactions as well as the existing portfolio of companies. He served on Board of Directors of Aozora
Bank, a publicly-traded bank in Japan in which Cerberus held a controlling interest.

Larry joined Cerberus after serving as the Chairman and CEO of Korea Exchange Bank, a leading Korean commercial and retail bank of approximately $100 billion of assets with an international presence. He led the bank through the global financial crisis to the landmark sale by the Bank’s majority private equity shareholder—the largest transaction in Korean banking history.

Prior to leading Korea Exchange Bank, Larry served as President of the Global Financial Services division of Capital One Financial Corporation. Larry joined Capital One in 2000 to help lead the company’s transformation to a diversified financial services business. His responsibilities during his tenure at Capital One included a broad range of consumer and business finance activities in the United States, Europe and Canada. He also oversaw all
merger and acquisition activities.

Prior to Capital One, Larry was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and ran the Corporate Trust and Agency Services business acquired from Bankers Trust. Earlier in his career, Larry spent a decade in a variety of US and overseas consulting and strategy roles.

Larry received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College. In 2007, he was nominated by the President of the United States to sit on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

James Lintott


Before co-founding and becoming chairman of Washington, D.C.’s Sterling Foundation Management LLC, James Lintott was head of one of the nation’s largest private foundations. Prior to turning his full focus to private foundation management, Lintott was the chief financial officer of a division of a $35 billion privately held company, where he worked closely with the principals and played a critical role in a variety of important philanthropic endeavors.

Lintott received his J.D. (with distinction) from Stanford Law School, as well as an M.A. in applied economics and B.A. degrees (Phi Beta Kappa) in economics and political science from Stanford University. He was a senior editor of Stanford Law Review. Lintott was also instrumental in developing the non-profit Stanford Law School Asian Trade Consortium and was a founding member of the non-profit Stanford Law and Business Society.

A member of the White House Fellows Selection Panel, Lintott also serves on the boards of a number of nationally known charities, including the Tax Foundation and is an advisory board member of the American Festival of the Arts. Lintott was also a vice chair of the Asia Society’s Annual Benefit and was named a US-Japan Fellow. He is a founder and director, along with his wife, of their family foundation.

Lintott first got involved with JSA by attending the Junior Statesmen Washington, D.C. Summer School in 1981. He was an active member of the W.F. West High School JSA chapter in Chehalis, Wash. and served as Pacific Northwest director of debate in 1981/1982.

William 'Kip' Morales


Kip Morales is a “GROW Coach”, where he regularly observes, collaboratively evaluates, and guides fellow teachers to increase the effectiveness of their teaching. Kip teaches 12th grade AP Language & Composition at Alliance Susan and Eric Smidt Technology High School, where he is a national award-winning advisor of the Junior State of America club. Kip was awarded the 2014 Alliance District-wide Teacher of the Year.

As a master Tai Chi Chuan (太極拳) practitioner, Kip applies Tai Chi Chuan's system of change and harmony to all aspects of his career, from teaching and coaching to civic engagement and management. Kip is a Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow as well as a Organizer In Residence. He is on the board of directors for the Junior Statesmen Foundation and has previously been a member of the ELA curriculum development team for two school districts, one in New Mexico and the other in Los Angeles. Kip feels he was born a teacher; he continuously has been a teacher of various disciplines since teaching for the Burbank Tennis Club at the age of 16. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BA in English and received his teaching certificate from the University of New Mexico.

Tom Warden


Tom is the President of Bridgevine Strategy Partners, LLC where he advises senior management teams in the development and execution of data and analytics strategies. He also is an advisor to startup and early-stage ventures in the insurance and financial services industries.

Prior to founding Bridgevine, Tom was the chief data officer for AIG’s Life and Retirement businesses where he led the evolution of their data management and business analytics capabilities and the implementation of data governance processes. He also led various initiatives that demonstrated the value of using “big data” in managing consumer insurance markets.

Prior to joining AIG in 2012, Tom led Allstate Insurance Company’s corporate research center in Menlo Park, CA. There he led teams of data scientists and developers to mine predictive insights from Allstate’s vast data archives that could be applied to current business problems. He also directed the company’s forward-thinking basic research efforts that led Allstate to develop (among other things) its initial e-commerce strategies and telematics-based insurance products. Before beginning his twenty-five years at Allstate, Tom was the co-manager of a hedge fund and participated in buyout transactions of public and private companies.
Tom earned his MBA at Harvard University in 1984 and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Accounting in 1982. He is a non-practicing Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tom’s relationship with JSA began in 2011 as a member of a volunteer consulting team from Harvard Business School Community Partners, an HBS alumni group that donates time to Bay Area non-profits. The team was engaged to help JSA develop a new strategic plan that would guide the organization through the next five years. At the end of this engagement, Tom was asked to join the board of directors.

Tom lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his partner Becky. His daughter Elizabeth is a communications specialist at Change For Kids, a New York City-based non-profit.

Doug Wertheimer


Doug Wertheimer has been a partner at Industry Capital since 2004. Industry Capital is a San Francisco based private equity firm focused on real assets globally. Prior the Industry Capital, Doug spent 10+ years as an entrepreneur, instrumental in starting several companies in industries ranging from new media technology to television production, and electronic payments to consumer wellness products. Notably, Doug was a member of the founding management team of pioneering electronic payments company, Size Technologies, acquired by First Data Corporation in 2006. Doug was also a Principal with Mark Burnett Productions, creators and producers of the original reality TV franchises "Survivor" and "Eco-Challenge".

Doug has an AB from Princeton University and a JD from UCLA School of Law. In high school, Doug was an active member of the JSA Chapter at Palisades High School in Los Angeles, serving on a number of regional cabinet positions. He attended JSA’s UC Davis summer program in 1981. Doug resides in San Francisco with his wife, Beth Mitchner. They have three sons, Nathan, Samuel and Benny.

Judy Zhang


Judy Zhang is a rising senior at Palisades Charter High School and will be serving as the 2019-2020 Southern California Governor. She also has the privilege to serve as the Board Representative to the Junior State of America Foundation and sits on the nationwide Council of Governors. Initially, Judy fell in love with JSA after attending Fall State as a freshman, where she discovered the passion, level of civic engagement, and care that other high schoolers had for the world around them. It was the kindness she experienced from others coupled with the friends she made that has furthered her own care for this organization throughout the years.

Within her time in JSA, Judy has attended numerous JSA Summer Programs, her favorite being Georgetown where she studied Constitutional Law. She has previously been Chapter President of Palisades Charter and served on state cabinet as a Deputy Director of Debate her freshman year, Director of Moderators her sophomore year, and Director of Debate her junior year. This coming year in SoCal, Judy hopes to strengthen individual chapters, establish stronger regions, and diversify statewide convention activities to include more leadership opportunities for regular JSAers. Judy is looking forward to working with everyone, meeting new people, and bringing this state to even greater heights. Aside from JSA, Judy participates in Mock Trial, Moot Court, Journalism, and works at her local law firm. She loves any type of music, whether it be 80’s, R&B, or weird alternative/indie rock, and unabashedly binge-watches political TV dramas.

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