Women in Leadership Luncheon Speakers
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Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavsky
Los Angeles City Council, 5th District
Katy Yaroslavsky serves as Councilwoman for Los Angeles’ Fifth City Council District, representing neighborhoods and communities she has been a part of nearly her entire life. Elected in 2022, CM Yaroslavsky, currently serves as Chair of the City Council’s Energy & Environment committee, Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc Olympics committee, and is a member of the Budget & Finance, Planning & Land Use Management, and Transportation committees. In March 2023, Mayor Karen Bass appointed Councilwoman Yaroslavsky to serve on the LA Metro Board of Directors.
Advocating for a sustainable and liveable Los Angeles has been at the center of Councilwoman Yaroslavsky’s career. Prior to her election, she served as a senior policy advisor to LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, where she created LA County’s first Office of Sustainability, and led the development, negotiation, and adoption by voters of Measure W, one of the largest infrastructure and jobs programs in our region’s history. She helped create the Clean Power Alliance — a coalition of thirty-two local cities and counties that serves over 3 million ratepayers and is the largest provider of green power in the nation. Councilwoman Yaroslavsky previously served as General Counsel to the Climate Action Reserve, a leading environmental non-profit focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Councilwoman Yaroslavsky is guided by the belief that the biggest challenges our City is facing – homelessness, generational poverty, racial injustice, climate change, a declining quality of life, and an economy that doesn’t work for most Angelenos – are all intersectional. She believes that these issues will only be solved by doing the hard work of building coalitions, fighting for equity in city services, and initiating authentic, inclusive, and thorough community engagement.
A graduate of public schools, including UC Berkeley and UCLA Law School, Councilwoman Yaroslavsky currently resides in Mid City with her husband Dave, their three children, and their cats.
President & CEO
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Jennifer Price-Letscher is President & CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, a responsive grantmaker dedicated to improving the well-being of Los Angeles County residents. With more than $400 million in assets, the Foundation distributes $20 million annually to nonprofit organizations addressing civic and cultural, education, health, and human services needs. Amplifying its impact, the Foundation partners with philanthropic organizations and civic and governmental agencies to maximize the effectiveness of its grantee partners and the region’s nonprofit sector as a whole.
Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Price-Letscher has served in various roles, most recently as Vice President of Grants & Initiatives, where she oversaw the Foundation’s responsive grantmaking and shaped special initiatives focused on collaboration, organizational effectiveness, and systems change. Under her leadership, the Foundation significantly expanded its engagement in public-private partnerships and collaborations, which now include the Foster Together Network, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, LA County Center for Strategic Partnerships, Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, and a suite of programs supporting nonprofit leadership and professional development.
A graduate of the University of Oregon and Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, Price-Letscher holds bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and English, and a master’s degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change Management. She holds professional certifications in college counseling, leading and coaching with emotional intelligence, building sustainable enterprises, nonprofit financial stewardship, and appreciative inquiry, and was named a Council on Foundations Career Pathways Fellow in 2017.
Prior to joining The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Price-Letscher spent a decade at the Sterling Foundation, building programs promoting college access and success. She also led capacity building and grantmaking programs with the Whitecap and Hillcrest Foundations, and held various leadership roles within arts and culture, education, and youth development nonprofits. She is a founding board member for the SEED School of Los Angeles and serves as an advisor, commissioner, or board member for several organizations, including the Los Angeles County Center for Strategic Partnerships, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Southern California Grantmakers. Previous appointments include service as Board President at Hill & Dale Family Learning Center, Vice Chair of the Westside Neighborhood School, and a founding board member for Diavolo Dance Theatre.
Chief Executive Officer
Jenny Vazquez-Newsum, Ed.D. is a leadership facilitator, the author of Untapped Leadership: Harnessing the Power of Underrepresented Leaders, and the Founder of Untapped Leaders, a leadership development organization specializing in uncovering overlooked capacities and untapped talent.
Prior to founding Untapped Leaders, Jenny served as the Vice President of Training and Programs at Coro Southern California where she expanded and oversaw the organization’s suite of program offerings. During her tenure at Coro, she designed and facilitated new cohort-based programs, including the creation of Coro’s Women in Leadership program which she has continued to support as a facilitator.
Through her work at Untapped Leaders, Jenny spearheads a leadership development community platform, cohort program, and events designed by and for multicultural leaders. She also partners with organizations to deliver leadership training sessions grounded in marginalized perspectives.
Jenny holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, an M.P.A. from New York University, and an Ed.D. from the University of California – Los Angeles.
Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
With a relentless dedication to improving communities in neighborhoods that need help the most, Nichol Whiteman serves as Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). An equity-focused leader, Nichol guides LADF in tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Nichol bravely works to improve the complex struggles the City faces using every tool in her arsenal to ensure that ZIP codes never define opportunity. A child of Jamaican immigrants “in search of a dream” and a first-generation college graduate, Nichol is a visionary working to narrow gaps in opportunity and access—all while creating a source of pride and safety for those who often live in the shadows.
During her tenure as CEO, LADF transformed and built a team of dedicated people, strong operations, committed partners, and flexible funding with sustainability. While leveraging the Dodger brand, Nichol supports and amplifies the voices of marginalized populations. Through community infrastructure, sports based youth development, leadership & capacity building, equity-focused grantmaking, strategic community engagement and knowledge sharing & convening, Nichol has built an alliance of community partners who fight for the resources that all youth deserve.
Under Nichol’s leadership, LADF launched its cornerstone program Dodgers Dreamteam, the first-ever LADF Scholarship, College & Career Accelerator, Science of Baseball Initiative, LA Reads and more. LADF also completed its 60th Dodgers Dreamfield, created a multi-million dollar benefit gala, distributed 9.2 million meals, and raised over $90 million. Collectively, Whiteman has cultivated partnerships that have resulted in more than $53 million in community investment impacting over 9.8 million children, including $6 million in 2022 All-Star Game Legacy Projects.
With a degree in Economics from Spelman College, Nichol’s diligence resulted in positions in investment management and publishing before beginning a philanthropic career as VP, Western Region of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. As a Black woman in Major League Baseball, Nichol understands the importance of access. She uses her resources to open doors and opportunities for youth from all backgrounds. In addition to her professional achievements, she mentors countless professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2021 she was a Fellow in the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future and she currently serves as a Senior Fellow at USC’s Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. Included in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Thriving in Their 40’s” list, Nichol fights for the opportunities and support all communities deserve.
The New York native has been recognized throughout the industry for her exceptional contributions having been awarded the 2022 Benjamin E. Mays Award from A Better Chance, Up2Us Sports Legacy Award, and was named a finalist for the CEO of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. In 2020 she earned the National Medical Fellowship Leadership in Philanthropy Award, the Visionary Award presented by Southern California Leadership Network, and the MOSTe Motivating Our Students Through Leadership Experience Lantern Award among many others. In 2018, she received the Sports Business Journal Game Changers Award and the Anti-Defamation League’s Deborah Award. Her 2017 honors include Ebony Magazine’s Woman Up Award and The Pink Tea Rose Foundation’s Progressive Leadership Award.
Nichol holds positions on the advisory and regional boards of Covington Capital Management, ESPN Return to Play Fund, Shoes That Fit, Davinci Schools Board Fund, YMCA Metro LA’s Sports and Impact Panel, the Center for Healing and Justice through Sport and Positive Coaching Alliance. Additionally, she serves as an Ambassador for the LA Opera and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council. Attracting attention from acclaimed journalists, she has been featured in outlets including the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, and the LA Times.
A product of Nichol’s unwavering dedication, the Los Angeles Dodgers is now the proud owner of an ESPY. Named the 2020 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year, the highly-coveted award recognized LADF’s work as the team’s official charity. Celebrating the meaningful and specific work that Nichol leads, LADF is the recipient of the Aspen Institute 2020 Project Play Champion, 2020 Beyond Sport Award for Reducing Racial Inequalities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2021 Sports Award, the 2022 Liberty Hill Visionary Award among others.
With a firm belief that each person has the power to positively impact a life, Nichol’s journey continues to be full of inspiration and hope as she fights for young people to realize their dreams. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband Timothy and two sons, Timothy Jr., and Nicholas.
Managing Director, State and Local Government Affairs – Western Region
Papia Gambelin is a nationally recognized executive in business, community, and government leadership. A master connector between people, ideas, and causes, she is widely respected for her work.
Prior to joining United Airlines to manage west coast government relations, Mrs. Gambelin was president of Platinum Advisors’ Silicon Valley division where she led political strategy and public affairs initiatives for respected Fortune 100 brands. Her work with emerging and well-established companies in a variety of industries including energy, education, transportation, development, and environmental has created opportunity for businesses to grow revenues and champion diversity.
With her strong versatile and technical knowledge, she has developed political strategies, brokered partnerships between private firms and nonprofit associations, advised public agencies on communications plans, and represented developers and companies to gain approval of land use projects from local and state governments.
In 2009, the Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mrs. Gambelin among the 40 most influential people in the region under the age of 40, and in 2014, the YMCA of Silicon Valley honored her with the organization’s Trailblazer Award. Her participation on boards throughout the Bay Area aligns with Mrs. Gambelin’s passion to serve diverse communities and create healthy, prosperous places to live and work. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, and a member of the Exceptional Women Awardees Foundation.
In 2021, Mrs. Gambelin was named a Power Player by Silicon Valley Magazine in the publication’s most prestigious annual issue. She and her husband, Darrin, live on the beautiful Silicon Valley peninsula, and are the proud parents of two boys and two dogs.