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Industry Experts – GWH4All

Industry Experts

Industry Experts

The NRDC-LG collaborates with global team of Industry Experts to provide technical support in the generational wealth and grants industry. To this end, NRDC-LG has developed a variety of programs, tools, and resources to help targeted groups address key challenges associated with sustaining or expanding business ideas and innovation to market, social programs, and projects through micro-granting, crowd-funding, and wealth building business models.

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Luvina Beckley, MHSA

Chairwoman

Luvina is the CEO and President of M.H.M.& Associates Enterprise, Inc. (MHM). She is a visionary leader with over 22 years of executive level management experience. A dynamic facilitator in the design and implementation of systemic strategies, Luvina created the conceptual framework of the e3p3 Model for Cities. Her leadership and coaching skills (previous NCAA-CCAA Coach of the Year for Div. II Women’s Basketball), now extend to business and government leaders across the U.S. A member of the National Assn. of Female Executives, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Co-Director of the Coalition of Concerned Women of the I.E. Luvina is a graduate of CSU San Bernardino.

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Deepak Bahl, MA/MBA/MPA

Co-Chair

Deepak is the Program Director at USC’s Center for Economic Development, Deepak is well respected throughout the nation for his strategic consulting, market research, trends analysis, needs assessments, feasibility studies, and project management strategy development for federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations. Deepak is an expert evaluator, performing formative and summative evaluations to establish best practice models for community development. He is an adjunct professor at USC and has completed 3 Masters programs in Architecture, Planning Urban and Regional Planning, and Business Strategy and Finance.

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Dr. James Kyle, II, MD

Strategic Advisor

Dr. Kyle previously served as the as Dean of the School of Public Health and chaired the Department of Health Administration at Loma Linda University. Dr. Kyle was a Director at The California Endowment, and also served as a vice president for the California market of Schaller Anderson. His experience includes serving as president/CEO of Genesis Healthcare Strategies; Administrative Dean for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles; and Internal Medicine Specialist, private practice in National City, California. Dr. Kyle earned his MD at UCLA Medical School, Los Angeles.

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Robin Trotochau

Strategic Advisor

Robin is a visionary land developer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, mother, animal lover, and hard worker who believes in miracles. Robin is a previous President of Stone River Realty Inc and a member of Robin S. Trotochau & Associates, LLC., and a Past Member of Desert Hot Springs Land and Development LLC. and CA1REAL Estate Development. Her strength is her passion for sustainable development that will benefit all generations. She is a leader that has implemented alternative energy solutions, and supports wind, solar and geothermal energy production. Her developments are templates for the future of sustainable communities.

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Leonard Mitchell, MBA/JD

Strategic Advisor

Dr. Mitchell serves as the Director of the USC Center for Economic Development, and adjunct faculty member at the USC Price School of Public Policy. As a result of his pioneering efforts, Southern CA is now a federally designated manufacturing community (one of 12 regions in the U.S. eligible for the $1.3 billion in committed federal funds). His academic expertise is in: Real Estate, Finance, Economic Development, International Trade, and Law. He served the Carter/Mondale Administration as Lead Advisor to the President on transition policy, operating strategy and recommendations for cabinet appointments. He has an MA in Education from Goddard College; an MBA from G.W.U.; and a J.D. from Antioch University.

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Wilfrid C. Lemann, JD

Strategic Advisor

He chairs the firm’s Business Law Dept. and focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, general business law, corporations, partnerships, securities, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit corporations, and church law. He received his Doctorate from Loyola University and is a member of the American Judicature Society and The American Inns of Court, Joseph B. Campbell Chapter (Master of the Bench).

William J. Benman, JD

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Benman left his position as an associate with a prominent firm in Chicago to work in the intellectual property law department at Hughes Aircraft Company, an aerospace defense electronics firm in Los Angeles. After a successful term at Hughes, he started his own private practice more than 25 years ago. His firm, Benman, Brown and Williams, has represented such clients as Hughes, Raytheon, Hewlett Packard, California Institute of Technology, Eastman Kodak, IBM, Qualcomm, XM Satellite Radio and numerous others. He is an expert in intellectual property law and a 1974 graduate of Bradley University.

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Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, MPA

Co-Chair of the Public Private Partnership Committee

A native Angeleno, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk is the Executive Director of Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LA LISC). She is a seasoned community and economic development practitioner of more than 15-years with both non-profit and private sector experiences. Her strengths range from community advocacy to asset and real estate development around neighborhood revitalization. Tunua is a member of the Urban Land Institute, chairs the LA Metro Crenshaw to LAX Community Leadership Council, is a Board Member of the Los Angeles Development Fund and the Greenlining Institute, and a former Commissioner of the L.A. Convention Center. She received her Masters in City Planning from MIT with an emphasis on Urban Economic Development.

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Paul B. Simms, MPH

Co-Chair of the Equity Committee

Paul served as Deputy Health Director for the County of San Diego for 16 years. He also served in several managerial capacities for the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, including Dean of Administration at the College of Allied Health. From 2005 – 2009,he was Director of the Telehealth Initiative at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Paul was elected President of the San Diego Black Health Associates, a community-based non-profit advocacy organization that promotes optimum health. He is also a Visiting Scholar at Claremont Graduate University and received the First Jay Drotman award from the American Public Health Association for Leadership Among young Managers. He received his MPH degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.

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Kim Kirner, Ph.D.

Strategic Advisor

Kimberly, an inter/faith enthusiast and a committed horse trainer, is constantly on the speaker’s circuit promoting cultural diversity, personal development, grassroots solutions to social problems and believe it or not: World Peace. Kimberly’s passion as a social scientist serves in moving beyond the rhetoric to firmly establish an understanding of culture that greatly contributes to the personal and global growth of people and our nation. To this end, Kimberly pursued her doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology and began her grant writing career with the University of California, Riverside in 2002. Later Kimberly was able to develop her skills at a different firm as a Grant Specialist- focusing primarily on city and government grants.

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