Peter Shakow | Chair
Peter Shakow joined the firm in December 2006. His practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, where his clients have included both individuals and organizations in matters ranging from health care and securities fraud to internal investigations and allegations of bribery in international athletics. He has represented doctors, lawyers, small business owners, corporate officers and directors, broker/dealers and public officials, among others. In these cases, he has actively negotiated with and litigated against United States Attorney's Offices, the Securities and Exchange Commission, state prosecutorial agencies and federal regulatory bodies. His civil practice includes False Claims Act defense, defense of municipalities, and general civil litigation. He was a litigator at O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles from 1998-2003.
Peter also has extensive national, state, and local political experience. He was a staff member in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House during the Clinton Administration, and has worked on numerous political campaigns across the country. He remains involved in the community, both as an active participant in bar activities and as President of the Board of Directors of the Tierra del Sol Foundation, a non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults. Immediately before joining the firm, he was Vice President of Communications for a $100 million/year nonprofit based in Los Angeles County.
Lydia Grant | Secretary
Lydia Grant is a parent of three and longtime community activist from Sunland-Tujunga. She has been fighting for over 10 years to improve her local schools, and has volunteered full time at her children’s middle school for the past five years. She has been recognized with LAUSD’s “Beyond the Bell” award, as well as the President’s Volunteer Gold Level Service award. Additionally, she is currently the Education Representative for the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, as well as the Education Chair for the Saving Los Angeles Project (S.L.A.P.).
Carolynn Martin-Person is currently the president of the View Park Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. Southern California Area. She is and has always been a community advocate and activist and is dedicated to the mission of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. She currently works in the field of HIV/AIDS as a Program Director and brings this expertise to NCNW. NCNW has a worldwide interest in the effects of HIV/AIDS on communities of color and this focus is locally supported by View Park. Mrs. Martin-Person is also the Co-Chair for the National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day Coalition Los Angeles. She is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of fifteen.
Michael Schlesinger, President of Cambra Realty, is a real estate entrepreneur and investment expert with more than fifteen years of experience focused on Southern California’s dynamic office market. He has provided strategic direction and leadership for Cambra Realty and all of its transactions and joint ventures since the firm’s inception in 2005. Michael has been recognized by Real Estate Southern California as one of the “Top 40 Rising Young Stars” in commercial real estate. Michael is a proud and devoted parent of three young children – two of whom attend elementary school within LAUSD – also sitting on the board of his children’s preschool and elementary school PTA.
Marco Petruzzi is President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Dot Public Schools. During Marco’s tenure, Green Dot won Los Angeles School Board approval to rejuvenate Locke High School in Watts and began operating it in fall 2008, re-structuring it into smaller, college-prep schools. In just 3 short years Locke High School has more than tripled the number of students that are enrolling in 4-year universities. Green Dot has also established itself as a leading agent of reform, creating a world-class school and instructional leadership model as well as an efficient central office to support the schools in many areas including accounting, human resources, knowledge management, information technology, and real estate development. Green Dot Public Schools has now been engaged by LAUSD to address the turnaround of more chronically underperforming schools.
Maggie is a co-founder and partner at Global Philanthropy Group. She has addressed domestic and international social issues ranging from microfinance to childhood obesity and has provided strategy, communications and management services to multiple non-profit and private sector organizations including the United Nations, Amazon.com, Unitus, Rachael Ray's Yum-o! Organization, the Cobalt Group, the M.A.C. Global AIDS Fund, Synergos and the E&J Gallo Winery. At GPG, Maggie leads efforts for clients including the Demi & Ashton Foundation, The Tory Burch Foundation, the Liya Kebede Foundation, Jim Carrey's Better U and John Legend's Show Me Campaign on issues including the economic empowerment of American women, child sex slavery, education reform, environmentally-friendly agriculture practices and maternal health, while managing the L.A. office.Previously, as a strategy consultant, she launched new organizations, restructured existing efforts, forged partnerships across sectors and branded international efforts. Maggie helped design and launch Rachael Ray's Yum-O! organization which empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. For Sir Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela, she helped convene and advise the development of The Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. She also developed and implemented plans for the trailblazing and award-winning M.A.C. AIDS Fund and the United Nation's International Year of Microcredit. Maggie was an early employee at Unitus, where she drove the award-winning microfinance accelerator's advocacy, strategic partnership and communications efforts.In addition to her philanthropic and socially-focused work, Maggie's private-sector experience in the technology and consumer product fields includes marketing, sales, business development, product and project management for Amazon.com, where she helped build the Gift department and managed the gift certificates division, The E&J Gallo Winery, where she managed corporate accounts and The Cobalt Group where she helped global automobile manufacturers design and implement online strategies.Maggie is a founding board member of the Center for Women & Democracy, sits on the New Leadership Board for the International Women's Health Coalition, volunteers for the Trevor Group and has conducted international political training in Morocco and across Latin America for the National Democratic Institute. Maggie holds a BS from the University of Washington and an MBA from Columbia University, both with honors.
Spencer is Charter Impact’s principal and leads the team of CPA’s and charter school professionals in achieving the organization’s mission. Prior to taking over Charter Impact, Spencer was the Vice President of Finance for the Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, where his primary areas of concentration included maintenance of all accounting systems, designing and implementing the internal control framework, and developing cash flow projections and forecasts for organizational growth and providing guidance on fiscal best practices. Prior to joining the Alliance, he was a practitioner in public accounting for several years and has experience leading audits and reviews of privately held companies, publically traded companies, governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. He has also provided a wide variety of technical consulting such as litigation support, due diligence testing for mergers and acquisitions, internal control design and implementation, stock option valuation and Sarbanes Oxley Section 404 compliance and implementation.
Spencer graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting with a minor in Mathematics and a Master of Professional Accountancy degree with an emphasis in Finance.
Upcoming Board Meeting Notices
Parent Revolution's Board will convene next on Monday, April 11th at 6:00pm.
Meeting Location: Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C. 1875 Century Park East, 23rd Floor Los Angeles, California 90067-2561